Introducing Trista Robinson
One of the joys of representing FIRST COMICS NEWS is being able to spotlight some of the best and brightest. I absolutely adore this young actress. She was a highlight of the indie film, PURGATORY ROAD, which I reviewed. She was kind enough to answer some questions for us. Enjoy!
WHEN WERE YOU INTRODUCED TO ACTING PROFESSIONALLY?
I lived with my Aunt for a year, in Pittsburgh. She was a stage actor there and I started doing plays with her and quickly realized I was hooked!
WHAT IS IT ABOUT HORROR THAT DRAWS YOU TO IT – ITS POLARIZING AND NOT FOR ALL ACTRESSES…
I grew up watching horror with my Dad. It is very close to my heart and I associate it with that innocent time in my life. Just being a kid on the couch, bonding with my Dad over cool stuff. The best!
DO YOU HAVE AN IDEAL DREAM ROLE?
I just want to keep playing a huge range of roles. My current dream role is usually whatever is most different from my last, which brings us to your next question..
I HEAR YOU ARE NOW WORKING ON A WESTERN – HOW IS THAT?
Indeed, I am! I appreciate you keeping abreast of my work! Thank you. We have not started shooting yet, so I will have to update you. But I am so excited and daunted and it is like nothing I have ever done before!
I BECAME A FAN OF YOURS WITH PURGATORY ROAD WHAT WAS THE PROCESS LIKE FOR THAT PICTURE?
Thank you so much! Mark and I had worked together previously and he kindly offered me the role of Mary Francis. We developed her character together, based on the script that he had co-written with Tom Parnell. We shot it in Mississippi in about 20-25 days. There were tornadoes! It was wild! Production was delayed due to the inclement weather and I spent the extra time in my hotel room watching docs about female serial killers. I think the inconvenience actually wound up informing my character.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SECRET NERD INTERESTS?
Well, it is no secret that I am a huge horror nerd. Out and proud! It used to be a secret though. When I studied acting at a conservatory in NYC, horror was not taken seriously and I was embarrassed about my proclivity. But upon moving to L.A. I discovered a huge community of passionate horror nerds. Also, does being obsessed with how cute and perfect my cats are count as a nerdy interest?
HAVE YOU ATTENDED A COMIC CON YET OR HORROR CONVENTION?
I have not been to Comic Con but I have attended Stan Lee’s Comikaze because my film The Human Race screened there. I also regularly hit all of the horror cons around LA and I went to the last Mad Monster Party in Arizona to promote a book I contributed to called My Favorite Horror Movie. It is a a book of 48 essays by 48 creators on their favorite horror films, curated by Christian Ackerman. Additionally I attend as many haunts and immersive shows as I can.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I work very hard and feel very grateful. Thank you for reading!
YOU HAVE A UNIQUE VOICE – HAVE YOU DONE ANY VOICE WORK EITHER IN CARTOONS OR NARRATION?
Thank you! I sometimes feel self conscious about my voice. I have done one animated pilot and would love to do more voice over work and narration!
I recommend catching her whenever she’s appearing in a film or on stage. She’s going places!
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One of the joys of representing FIRST COMICS NEWS is being able to spotlight some of the best and brightest. I absolutely adore this young actress. She was a highlight of the indie film, PURGATORY ROAD, which I reviewed. She was kind enough to answer some questions for us....Tim ChizmarTim.Chizmar@firstcomicsnews.comAuthor"I would especially read anything by Tim, I go in that direction." - KEVIN SMITH, Writer/Director of Clerks, Tusk, etc. CLIVE BARKER, the Writer/Director of Hellraiser, Lord of Illusions, Candyman, has said of Tim's writings, that it "Reaches past the conventions of the commonplace!" - After graduating from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with his bachelor’s degree in Communications, and obtaining his Master’s Degree in Demonology from Miskotonic University, Tim Chizmar has written for various magazines, newspapers and websites including Fangoria, First Comics News, Girls and Corpses, and many others. He has sold short stories to such collections as Chicken Soup for the Soul and has written various screenplays for Hollywood production companies. Tim is the founder and co-chair of the Las Vegas chapter of the prestigious Horror Writers Association. Aside from the darker topics, it has not all been a career of terror as his lighter credits to date include ABC, FOX, Showtime, Playboy, NBC, The Hallmark Channel, and many more. He has produced various pilots including in 2010 he developed a comedy/action series for CMT with wrestling superstar Rob Van Dam. As a headlining comedian Tim was a favorite at The World-Famous Hollywood IMPROV, The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, has toured all over the world playing sold-out casinos, clubs and colleges. To date he has worked with such standup legends as Jeff Foxworthy, Gabriel Iglesias, Jon Lovitz, Daniel Tosh, and many others. When he’s not inspiring fellow writers by being on various panels such as San Diego Comic-Con, WonderCon, Scare LA, or speaking at Hollywood Success events, he's constantly working on his next project. Because for Tim Chizmar... There’s always a next project! Tim's latest novel SOUL TRAITOR, and two MODERN MADNESS short story collections are all available from SPOOKYNINJAKITTY BOOKS.First Comics News