Julie Westlake Sooter – Actress & Movie Production Assistant
How did you come in contact with Leesley Films?
I met Jamison on social media.
What was your first impression when you watched the movie trailer to “Apparition” and learned what the movie is about?
I found it to be both exciting and entertaining. I wanted to keep watching it to see what was going to happen next.
Very. I love the concept and content. Many people struggle with spiritual attacks, so being aware of it is sort of “awakening” it is crucial. We’re surrounded every day by things we fully don’t understand. So the entire project intrigues me, my spiritual mentality, and the reality of it all.
Apparition focuses more on the source of the behavior when someone is under attack. It’s true, we all want a happy finale in a movie, but in reality, life is far from perfect as we struggle with things we don’t understand.
It’s not all roses and sunshine 24/7 once we find our faith, sometimes we have to wake up and fight.
Ultimately, I want to live my best life. In doing so and following my passion, I want to be a full-time actress.
Being involved in the film industry, especially the Christian industry, is a life changing goal of mine.
What do you have on your resume with this type of work?
I’ve been in front of the camera on films like “God’s Not Dead, A Light In Darkness,“ in which I was one of six people handpicked by the director for a featured scene. I’ve been blessed to be involved in several award-winning festival circuit films in and outside of my state. I also have experience behind the scenes working as a Key Production Assistant, boom operator, slate, and so on.
I always enjoy participating in the production, I’m all about learning and growing in the industry.
Actress, voiceover artist, aspiring screenwriter and novelist, licensed fitness instructor, retail sales, and wife and mother, takes pride in her small-town roots. She jokingly says, “She likes her hometown so much, never left!”
While Julie continues to focus on her now relationship with the Lord, she states, “There are four things that matter the most to me: my faith, family, friends, and film.”
Julie first found her love of film watching old, classic black and white movies with her grandmother. At a young age, Julie would sing, dance, and put on a show on top of her grandmother’s piano bench. AKA, “The Stage.” She states, “If only she (grandmother) could see what’s taken place the last three years.” The support of her family and friends is a gift that she values greatly.
Julie married young at barely 20 years old. Her family became her life. She became a mother at 23 with her son – the joy of her life – and put her dreams on hold. When he turned 20, he encouraged her to find herself again and pursue her purpose and passion. “It’s a wonderful thing when your children are grown, and you can finally become their best friend,” Julie says. “We constantly encourage and support one another, and it’s beautiful.”
Julie has experience in film production and supporting and featured roles:
“Haven” – web series now available on 24 Flix
“Letters to Daniel”
“Pushing Envelopes” (multiple film festival awards)
“The Penitent Thief”
“The Turkey Bowl” (2019 theater release)
“God’s Not Dead”
“A Light in Darkness” (in which I was one of six people handpicked by the director for a featured scene)
“Black Hills Moon”
What a wonderful experience! I look forward to all that’s ahead.
“Be a light in the darkness, for with light fear has no place.”
~Julie Westlake Sooter
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