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Young Thespians Show Off Talent At Film Festival

Jeff Prugh, Stacie Sanders and C.J. Sanders Jeff Prugh, Stacie Sanders and C.J. Sanders
Trina Scott Trina Scott
Deidre Scott Deidre Scott
Tristan Kelly Tristan Kelly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A recent audition for young actors attracted many potential stars.

Two weeks ago, the Belcourt Theatre hosted the first annual International Black Film Festival of Nashville.

Stacie Sanders and her actor son, C.J. Sanders conducted a seminar titled "Getting Your Child in the Movies" during the festival. They also hosted a casting call for "Kid Edition: The Series."

She was looking for children to star in the series with her son, who played the young Ray Charles in "Ray", the motion picture starring Jamie Foxx.

"Also, we want these kids to go into schools. We're going to do pep rallies and have music, have a mascot and change the world, how kids can inspire other kids," said Stacie Sanders, ex-wife of former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Chris Sanders.

"Some actors, they'll treat you mean ‘cause they think too much of themselves, but other ones, like Jamie Foxx, Ice Cube, they'll be nice to you ‘cause they were at that point in their acting careers," C.J. Sanders said.

The Sanders and director Jeff Prugh, were not only looking for new talent, they also gave parents insight about show business.

"It's a very close circle, who you know, so make sure your managers are well connected, knows different people in the business," Stacie Sanders said.

Trina Scott usually accompanies her daughter Deidre to auditions.

"She wants to be the triple threat," Scott said. "She wants to be able to sing, dance and act. She thinks that's amazing."

Tristan Kelly has been to a number of auditions and aced most of them. He's appeared in a Goody's commercial with Ashley Judd, in some country music videos, a couple of short films and print work for the YMCA, his mother said.

Even though he's been successful, Leslie Kelly said she won't let it go to his head.

"I just treat him like a normal child. He has chores that he has to do. He does regular activities with kids," she said.

"I love acting. I'd give anything to do it," he said.

Prugh and the Sanders will visit a few more cities before making a final cut.

"This business sometimes doesn't care about people's feelings and they just say, ‘Nah.' I just gotta go to another audition and live my life the way it is," said Deidre Scott.

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