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Stellar start to film career

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Photo by Kelsey Edwards -Catchlight Studios. Courtesy of Shaina Sandoval

Originally from: I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but moved with my family to Texas when I was just a year old. We spent the majority of my life – 17 years – in the Dallas-Fort Worth area before moving to Arizona. 

In Arizona since: My family and I moved to Scottsdale nearly two years ago.      

Education: I graduated from Colleyville Heritage High School in 2009, and I’m currently enrolled at the Herberger Institute for the Arts at Arizona State University.

Who or what influenced your decision to pursue an acting career? I’ve always been interested in the arts and was a very creative kid. I started dancing at six years old and that really ignited my interest in the performing arts. After the unexpected deaths of my two grandfathers, I realized I always had to go for my dreams. I started acting about  nine years ago, and right away knew it was what I wanted to do in life!

Adelante ProductionsActing debut: Prior to my first lead role as Angie in In Search of the American Dream, which was released in January of this year, I’ve appeared in a number of nationally-aired commercials and played feature roles in a few films. 

Résumé highlights: Feature roles in Midnight Clear (2006), Ungirlfriendable (2008), Rain (2006), and Nico the Millionaire. Commercial work includes spots for AT&T, Pei Wei, Walmart and Denny’s. 

Next professional goal? More movies! Eventually, I would love to write my own script, produce a film and maybe even get the chance to star in the movie. 

An artist you want to meet: I would love to meet Penelope Cruz or Brad Pitt.

Current projects: Auditioning while continuing with acting and singing lessons. I do have several irons in the fire with upcoming projects after In Search of the American Dream which debuted this past January.

Website: shainasandoval.com

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