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Hollywood or bust?

Friday, May 16, 2008

Lynnlee Baysinger
* NHS senior heading to New York City dramatic arts institute

For as long as she can remember, Lynnlee Baysinger has had an incredible passion for acting.

"I've always been interested in acting," the Northview senior said. "I've always been able to put on a good show for everybody.

"Ever since I can remember, I've always been fascinated by movie stars. I would like to try to match that one day."

When she was a child, the NHS senior would perform skits in front of family members.

In August, she'll be practicing with some of the best in the business.

Baysinger was recently accepted into the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

"I just applied to that one and it just so happens I got it," Baysinger said. "I wanted the best school to go to for what I was looking for. I heard it was the most selective school."

Northview English teacher Tracey Reinoehl, who is also Baysinger's aunt, said the senior auditioned for the institute in Ohio.

"She was the first one to audition," Reinoehl said. "The (person there) said she had one-and-a-half minutes to impress him."

Baysinger must have done so, because she spent 30 minutes auditioning. She said she learned two weeks later the institute had accepted her for the fall.

Baysinger said she will leave for New York City on Aug. 25. She said the school is located in Manhattan and that classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 10 p.m. six days a week.

"It's pretty strenuous," she said. "But I wanted to challenge myself because New York is the heart of movies and fame.

"I'm trying to get everything in line. There's no way I'd pass up the opportunity to go. I'm really nervous. I've never been to a big city like that. I heard it's a little different."

Baysinger said she had worked on scenes for "The Devil's Rejects," and "V for Vendetta," for her audition.

After performing her scenes, the person who conducted the audition asked her to perform them in different ways.

According to its website, the institute "searches for the most passionate and promising young actors around the country. It's a lot of work, but truly a labor of love. Thousands may audition, but only 180 special young people are ultimately welcomed into our family."

The institute's website states that it is "highly selective," and it has been fully accredited since 1996.

The website also claims Matthew Fox of "Lost," Lauren Graham of "Gilmore Girls," and John-Paul Lavoisier of "One Life to Live," as distinguished alumni. The website also states that many of the school's alumni have been spotted on several prime time shows, including "CSI," "Friday Night Lights," "Prison Break," "Without a Trace," Law & Order," and "Las Vegas."

In addition, Julia Roberts attended the school prior to launching her career.

Although she's been performing in plays since she was an eighth-grader, Baysinger has her set on acting in films.

"I want to make it on the big screen," she said. "That's my goal."

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New York is different. I loved it though. I was in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and The Bronx. Very, very busy city. Best wishes!!

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Fri, May 16, 2008, at 10:08 PM

good luck, have fun, work hard but be careful

-- Posted by Sand mann on Sat, May 17, 2008, at 6:32 AM

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