SC State to Hold Informational Session for Individuals Interested In Acting

Friday, October 14, 2011

Connie PorteeDo you have a dream to become an actor or actress and would like to have a stepping stone to fulfilling your dream? If so, you are invited to an informational session sponsored by SC State’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts.  The session, led by Vince Paul, executive director of Talent-Link, Inc. in Charlotte, N.C., will take place on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Dr. Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall. Talent-Link, Inc. is a Christian based innovative full-service agency which accommodates both the industry and artists specializing in, but not limited to, representing ethnic talent.

SC State alumna and information resource coordinator for the Department of University Computing and Information Technology Services, Connie Portee,’10, says she’s always dreamed of becoming an actress and Talent-Link, Inc. is helping to bring this dream to fruition.  “I remember when I was a little girl, I hated to wash dishes,” she explained. “To encourage myself to complete this task, I would pretend I was doing a commercial for Dawn dishwashing liquid, and before I knew it, I was done washing all of the dishes.  This is where my love of performing started.”

Portee began singing in church at the age of five and by the time she reached age 12, she was performing in plays.  “These activities created the foundation of my steps on the ladder to success,” she says.  For the past 11 years, she has performed in inspirational stage productions with many producers, to include Anointed Creations Inc.’s “Therefore You Choose!” produced by Jackie Jones-Brown; SC State University’s Henderson Davis Players’ “The Black Nativity” produced by Oriana Rhema Productions; “The Life and Times of an African Queen” produced by Ursula O. Robinson and Sarah Bailey Productions’ “Be Careful How You Do Your Thing,” “Handle Your Business,” “On the Other Side of the Track,” “Power of A Praying Mother” and “Married, But Single.”  


These opportunities were great stepping stones, but the most profound moment in her acting career came when she received a call from Rose Graham, event coordinator at Talent-Link, Inc. asking her to attend a talent workshop.  Through this workshop, led by Paul, Portee was inspired to live out her dreams and fulfill her goals.  She signed on with Talent-Link, Inc. and within three weeks, received an opportunity to be in an upcoming movie filmed in Charlotte, N.C. and features actors Bill Bellamy, Michael McKean and Bryan Callen.


“Being on the set of the movie was an awesome experience.  I had the chance to see the actors in action,” comments Portee.  “The first day I was on set, the extras casting director came around and said anyone who doesn’t have an agent has to leave because of budget constraints.  Needless to say, I didn’t have to leave because I had an agent.”


Portee says while being on set, she also met several individuals to include SC State students Kasie Lyons, senior professional drama major, and Dayton Hershkovitz, sophomore business management major.  “I thought, wow, look out Orangeburg, here we come,” expressed Portee.


As an advocate for the arts, Portee continuously encourages others to pursue their dreams in acting. “Who would have ever imagined me being on a set of a movie, but I dared to dream,” she says. “We invest in a lot of things but do we really invest in our own dreams?  The day I made the conscious decision to sign up with Talent-Link, Inc., it gave me a stepping stone to fulfilling my dreams.”


For more information on Talent-Link, Inc’s informational session, contact Connie Portee at 803-536-7125, or visit