Atlanta's Top Talent to Watch

May 13, 2019

A closer look of some of Atlanta's up and coming talent...

Stranger Things, The Resident, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, are only a few of the successful productions shot in Georgia where one might recognize actors from our Top Talent to Watch cover. Oz reached out to some of Georgia’s top talent agencies to identify their clients that are securing auditions and booking roles. It was only a few years ago that a Georgia actor was merely auditioning for small television and film roles. Although many movies were filmed in Georgia, actors would jump at chance to drive to Wilmington and New Orleans to audition or to be a featured extra. They would audition to read “one line” or be in a small scene with an A-list actor. Now the audition opportunities are drastically different. Talent agents are offering their talent pool high profile and lucrative acting opportunities like a TV series regular role, or a lead role in a feature film, or the brass ring of an actor’s career: the three picture franchise movie deal with a studio. The Atlanta-based talents on this cover are just a few of Georgia’s many actors on the rise. Soon, you may say, “I know who that actor is! They’re from Georgia.”

 

 ​​SUMMER FONTANA:
HOMETOWN & HOW LONG LIVING IN ATLANTA: McDonough, GA for seven years.

 

FAVORITE MOVIE: Enchanted

KNOWN FOR: Hope in The Originals Season 4

MOST RECENTLY SEEN IN: The Originals

YOUR MOTTO: “Do your best and let God do the rest.”

WHAT’S NEXT: Dark Phoenix (June 2019)

 

INSTAGRAM: @SUMMERFONTANA1

CHAD DARNELL:

HOMETOWN & HOW LONG LIVING IN ATLANTA:

Atlanta. Happy to be home after living in Los Angeles for 16 years.

FAVORITE MOVIE: Silence of the Lambs

KNOWN FOR: Casting director - and writer / producer/ director/ actor

MOST RECENTLY SEEN IN: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

YOUR MOTTO: “Stay in your lane.”

WHAT’S NEXT: My screenplay Darlene starts shooting in the summer.

 

 

INSTAGRAM: @CHADDARNELL

 

 

MYLES TRUITT:

HOMETOWN & HOW LONG LIVING IN ATLANTA:

Atlanta all my life.

FAVORITE MOVIE: Glory

KNOWN FOR: New Edition, Queen Sugar, and KIN

MOST RECENTLY SEEN IN: Black Lightning and Queen Sugar

YOUR MOTTO: “Whatever you choose to do in life be ‘Tru2itt’.”

WHAT’S NEXT: More on Queen Sugar

 

INSTAGRAM: @MYLESTRUITT

 

 

PRIAH FERGUSON:

HOMETOWN & HOW LONG LIVING IN ATLANTA:

I grew up south of Atlanta between College Park and Fayette County.

I've been living here all my life.

FAVORITE MOVIE: The Devil Wears Prada

KNOWN FOR: Tiffany Haddish's daughter in The Oath, Asia in Donald Glover’s Atlanta

MOST RECENTLY SEEN IN: Erica Sinclair in Stranger Things Season 2

YOUR MOTTO: “Stay true to myself, because I am enough.”

WHAT’S NEXT: I'm really excited about the new season of Stranger Things. I also have some other fun goals and ideas I'm working towards.

INSTAGRAM: @PRIAHFERGUSON

 

DANNY CHUNG:

HOMETOWN & HOW LONG LIVING IN ATLANTA:

Orlando, Florida, and two years in Atlanta.

FAVORITE MOVIE: Shawshank Redemption

KNOWN FOR: Casino dealer in Black Panther​

MOST RECENTLY SEEN IN: Dynasty

YOUR MOTTO: "Always be ready so you don't have to get ready."

WHAT’S NEXT: Many auditions

INSTAGRAM: @MR.DANNYCHUNG

 

DONIELLE HANSLEY, JR. A/K/A IAMLILDEEDEE

HOMETOWN & HOW LONG LIVING IN ATLANTA:

From Richmond, Virginia. 11 years in Atlanta.

FAVORITE MOVIE: Transformers

KNOWN FOR: Dancing with Usher and Chris Brown

MOST RECENTLY SEEN IN: Step Up Highwater, an episodic show on YouTube

YOUR MOTTO: “I dance as if nobody is watching.”

WHAT’S NEXT: Sony Picture movie based on a true story called 12 O’Clock Boys

 

 

INSTAGRAM: @IAMLILDEEDEE

 

JESSICA MIESEL

HOMETOWN & HOW LONG LIVING IN ATLANTA:

Born in Chicago, Illinois. 20 years in Atlanta.

FAVORITE MOVIE: It changes! Currently, The Favourite

KNOWN FOR: Nurse Jessica on The Resident (FOX) and Alison on The Purge (USA)

MOST RECENTLY SEEN IN: Brooke in the film Virginia Minnesota

YOUR MOTTO: “You do you, boo.” WHAT’S NEXT: Hopefully a third season of The Resident. Keep your fingers crossed! The upcoming film The Best of Enemies with Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson

INSTAGRAM: @JESSICA_MIESEL

 

 JOSH VENTURA

HOMETOWN & HOW LONG LIVING IN ATLANTA:

I'm an ATLien but lived in Los Angeles for eight years.

FAVORITE MOVIE: School Ties​

KNOWN FOR: Annual dancing santa videos.

MOST RECENTLY SEEN IN: The Highwaymen on Netflix

YOUR MOTTO: “With all this manure, there's gotta be a pony in here somewhere.”

”WHAT’S NEXT: Another thousand auditions. Love my AMT agency.

 

 

INSTAGRAM: @JOSHVENTURA

ANTHONY DALTON II

HOMETOWN & HOW LONG LIVING IN ATLANTA:

Indianapolis, Indiana. Nine years in Atlanta.

FAVORITE MOVIE: The Revenant​

KNOWN FOR: Terrance on Tyler Perry’s The Paynes

MOST RECENTLY SEEN IN: Malik Thompson on BounceTV’s Saints & Sinners

YOUR MOTTO: “Treat people with respect.”

”WHAT’S NEXT: We’ll see!

 

 

INSTAGRAM: @ANTHONY_DALTON

MARIANA NOVAK

HOMETOWN & HOW LONG LIVING IN ATLANTA:

Between San Mateo, California and Saint Petersburg, Russia.

FAVORITE MOVIE: Pedro Almodóvar’s All About My Mother

KNOWN FOR: National commercial spot opposite Jeffrey Dean Morgan

MOST RECENTLY SEEN IN: Ozark Season 2 as Cheyenne

YOUR MOTTO: “Value being a well-rounded, responsible, and intelligent human before you worry about being a good actor.”

”WHAT’S NEXT: Watchmen (HBO) and The Resident (FOX)

 

INSTAGRAM: @ITSMARIANANOVAK

JOSHUA MIKEL

HOMETOWN & HOW LONG LIVING IN ATLANTA:

Conyers, Georgia. Living in the city of Atlanta since 2010.

FAVORITE MOVIE: Fargo, No Country For Old Men, Toy Story, There Will Be Blood, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Goonies, Disney’s Robin Hood, Snatch, Jurassic Park

KNOWN FOR: The Savior Jared on The Walking Dead

MOST RECENTLY SEEN IN: Game Night, The Dirt, Black Lightning, and The Act

YOUR MOTTO: “There’s good in all work.”

”WHAT’S NEXT: Stuber with Kumail Nanjiani & Dave Bautista

 

INSTAGRAM: @JOSHUAMIKEL

TYLER KAY WHITLEY

HOMETOWN & HOW LONG LIVING IN ATLANTA:

I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Atlanta.

FAVORITE MOVIE: There are way too many great movies to just pick one. Apocalypto & Salt

KNOWN FOR: Known for my role in the Bobby DeBarge Story, portraying the legendary
Janet Jackson!

MOST RECENTLY SEEN IN: The Act on Hulu and Florida Girls on Pop TV

YOUR MOTTO: "The show must go on!"

”WHAT’S NEXT: I'm working on projects that I'm super excited about

 

INSTAGRAM: @TY_KAY

 

THOMAS ROBERTS
HOMETOWN & HOW LONG LIVING IN ATLANTA: Baltimore, Maryland. In Atlanta
2001-2008 and moved back to Georgia in 2018.

FAVORITE MOVIE: Goodfellas and Mrs. Doubtfire

KNOWN FOR: CNN, MSNBC, NBC, and CBS news anchor The Avengers, Iron Man 3, 30 Rock as a news anchor

MOST RECENTLY SEEN IN: CBS46 News main anchor

YOUR MOTTO: “This too shall pass.”

WHAT’S NEXT: CBS46 News and I just signed with a talent agent so who knows?

 

INSTAGRAM: @THOMASAROBERTS

 

 

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