Just three months living in NYC and Maine Media alum Virginia Hastings began working as art director for, and then landed an acting role in, “Foreign Letters” a wonderful indie film by Ela Thier, that has just been released on DVD.
“Director Ela Thier vividly captures what it’s like to be an innocent young child… A truly heartfelt and absolutely delightful film, rich with both comic and dramatic episodes, that I would recommend to anyone!”
— Christina Zawadizsky,
Virginia, a Maine Media 2007 workshop, 2008 workstudy and 2009 Professional Certificate student, remembers starting production, “Art directing a feature was new to me, and the sheer scope was deeply exciting. The research process for a period piece is fascinating. To go into a modern space in Harlem and make it into a Vietnamese immigrant apartment, circa 1982, was delicious fun. Stepping in front of the camera is a whole other dream. Ela offered me the role without an audition, which was a lot less nerve wracking than the normal process.“
Virginia has gone on to design features, TV, award winning shorts, music videos, and work with MTV, VH1, E! Entertainment, Target and The Discovery Channel.
She beams, “I'm flying out Saturday for my first LA gig — the Video Music Awards, which airs Sept. 6. As an actress, I can be seen in a national commercial for Pronamel that has run for two years and counting, and have just been cast in a feature for the fall.”