Kennedy Chester from Fort Saskatchewan was given a chance to help boost her acting career.
The teen starred in Sure Shot Dombrowski: Early Years 2, the sixth movie in the series. The movie was shot in local communities like Fort Saskatchewan, Bruderheim and Lamont.
"It was perfect filming here. It's one of those stories where an actress gets to film in her own town and it's just great. The people in Fort Saskatchewan have been so supportive which made it even better and it made it even more like a homey experience," said Chester.
Acting is something she has been interested in since about nine or ten. She began taking drama classes in school and studied movies to improve her skill. Normally a more shy student, acting was a way for Chester to get pulled out of her shell.
In 2016, an ad in the paper about a movie being filmed in Fort Saskatchewan caught her interest.
"I went into the interview with the director, Tim (McKort), not really thinking I'd get a part. It was a long-shot for me. So I went in and he was like 'Yeah, I want to cast you as the lead actress,' and it kind of just made me really believe that my dreams could come true of being a big-time actress."
The movie was a 17 day shoot and spanned from October to December. A typical day for the actress was between five to eight hours on set. Often times she would have to wait up to four hours for the rest of the crew to prepare the set before doing her scenes.
Chester enjoyed the environment with the crew and rapport with co-star Nick Neeves.
"It was good because we are kind of similar in some ways. We both like to make jokes and so being on set with him was even better because it was like a family experience; everyone was really close and the movie was a family movie so you kind of already had that sense of belonging. The entire cast was just such a great time, the crew was amazing. We just made jokes pretty much the whole time. It was a really good experience."
The premier for the movie was at the Dow Centennial Center on September 7.
"It was fun watching it and it was funny to go back and rethink of all those moments that we all had on set. All the things that happened before that scene that nobody else knew about but we all did."
In November, Chester is planning on being a part of another movie for McKort. After that, she hopes to continue building her resume and eventually attend Vancouver Film School.
"It was really life-changing in a good way, in the best way possible," Chester added. "It really opened up the doors for my career and it makes it seem like I can actually reach my dreams, which is an amazing feeling to have."