South Summit actress on the rise
South Summit High School Junior Stefania Barr has been acting in movies and short films since she was seven years old. She started playing the piano at age five, and taught herself how to score music. Now one of her challenges is managing time. Barr admits there is a lot to organize between her course load and budding career.
"It’s been extremely difficult. I’m juggling high school and college courses trying to get my associates degree and recording an album called ‘Shrink the Giant’ with an indie band."
Last year, Barr was in a short film called "Life According to Penny," where she played the lead role. She also scored music for the film, which was nominated for eight categories at the LDS Film Festival in January. Barr won "Best Actress" for her performance and "Best Original Score" for her music.
"I’ve played piano since I was 5-years-old and picked up about eight or nine other instruments since then. I play a lot and I understand music really well. I have a home studio, and since we have that I’ve picked up engineering," she said, adding that even a 30-second clip could take a week to perfect.
"It’s definitely a challenge but I think it’s telling a story that I haven’t told before as an actor and it was really exciting," she said. "Music has definitely been something I’ve enjoyed my whole life. I remember sitting in my bedroom listening to Mozart as a little kid."
Already advancing in her chosen career, Barr said she’s still trying to learn as much as she can in high school so she has a well-rounded educational background.
I want to pursue a bachelor’s degree and maybe a master’s degree, but I really don’t know what I want to study necessarily. I would want to do it for myself so I can understand the world better and humanity."
Barr also acted in the Hunger Games: The Second Quarter Quell fan video, in which her character dies. The video has more than one million views on YouTube, according to Barr, who said it’s been recognized internationally.
"All these kids have contacted me from other countries, so I have a bunch of friends in Turkey, Germany and Argentina," she said. That’s so exciting to me that I can meet people and be a little bit of a role model for some of these kids. They look up to America, so if I can be a positive role model in a sometimes negative media, that’s a really exciting thought."
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