Lindsay Teter – A Classic & Inspirational Actress

My name is Lindsay Teter. I’m 23 years old, and recently completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatrical Performance. I have been performing onstage since I was 8. I hope to be able to parlay acting into a full time career. To most  people, success as a performer only seems apparent if one becomes famous. For me, that isn’t the case. Now, if it were to happen I certainly wouldn’t complain, but all I want out of life is to be able to tell stories and share my passion for performance. Acting is all I have ever wanted to do with my life. In my free time you can usually find me reading, I’m a voracious reader. And if my nose isn’t buried in a book, I’m probably watching a movie. I love all types of film, but I do have a soft spot for cheesy horror movies.

Tell us about a character you’ve played that could relate to you the most and why? Also, which character has been the most difficult to play and why? The character I relate most to would probably be Big Betty Balou, from the play Escanaba In Love. She’s a young woman who just wants to find the good in life, and share love. She has to overcome some pretty immense challenges, but in the end realizes that she is worthy of receiving as much love as she gives. It was an interesting journey to play, because I think each person has to find that for themselves, find that they are worthy of being loved. The most difficult character I’ve ever tackled was Pace, from The Trestle At Pope Lick Creek. She is so multifaceted, and her intentions are often very selfish. It was a great process to find my way to accepting her, and understanding where she was coming from.

What’s something difficult you’ve been through? How has this changed your outlook on life & what did you do to pull through it? For most of my life, I have dealt with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and anxiety. For a long time it dominated my life to the point that I was so incapacitated that i couldn’t attend school. It took me a long time to overcome and work through, with the help of my family and doctors. It is something that still impacts me on a daily basis. For a long time, I was a victim to my disorder until I realized that I am stronger than it is, i am more than my disease. In my daily journey to work through my illness, it has taught me that I am strong enough to face anything life will throw at me. I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family who keep me grounded and help me remember my
strength. My continuing journey with my OCD will be a lifelong battle, but every struggle that it throws in front of me, makes me stronger when I overcome it.

As a child, what did you want to be “when you grow up…” and how has this changed where you are today? I’ve known since I was little that I wanted to be an actress.  I suppose the fact that this is the one thing I’ve always wanted has kept me focused on this path, even when it seemed like a ridiculous choice.

Name two people: one who’s influenced your life greatly in a positive way & one who’s influenced your life in a negative way. How did these people each change your life for the better and why? My father is absolutely someone who has influenced my life in a positive way. He has taught me how important it is to appreciate the little things in life, the everyday things, that we all so often overlook. He is one of the most joyous people I’ve ever been blessed to know. As far as someone who influenced me for the worse, I won’t name names. But I did have an adviser in college who tried to convince me that essentially every choice I was making was wrong. I shouldn’t choose a career in theatre etc. He also tried to tell me that my OCD was all my fault, that I was making it all up, for pity or some other absurd reason. It took me quite a while to realize how wrong he is, that my disease is just that, a disease. Not a choice. And that only I can decide what is right for my life. I find it absurd that such a negative personality could be in a position of influence. But in the end I’m stronger, and more sure of myself after proving him wrong.

What’s your favorite childhood memory and why? Wow… Lets see. My favorite childhood memory is probably going to Honeysuckle Beach really early in the morning with my dad and brother, before any other people were there. Shaun would splash around in the shallows and I’d be jumping off the dock, pretending to be a mermaid. Afterwards, once the beach had started to heat up and people crowded he sand, we would go get icees from 7-11 and talk about the world. Still the best summer of my life, and I was maybe 10 years old.

Have you considered working in the movies or do you prefer being up on stage? My ultimate goal is to work in film. I have done several local projects and enjoy film acting very much. However, as long as I get to perform, I’d happily work onstage forever. It is such a different experience, each medium.

What’s something you had to find out the hard way? This is silly, but its a good story. I had to find out the hard way that you should never put Peeps Easter candy in the microwave. They expand infinitely, then explode all over…. Yeah, scraping marshmallow Peep guts out of your moms microwave is not very fun…

Who’s someone you idolize in films and why? Do you feel that meeting this person would give you further insight into the career you’re hoping for? I absolutely adore Keira Knightley. I think she is able to give such subtle, nuanced performances. She brings great depth to any character she’s given. I’ve admired her work for years. I would like to meet her, certainly. It would be interesting to hear about her process when approaching a new character; to hear how she maps out tapping into them.

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