When the lights go down at Grauman’s Chinese Theater for a showing of “The Star” at the Holly Shorts Film Festival in August, audience members will see an actress from Pratt County in the starring role.
T’Lane Briggeman of rural Pratt County will have the lead role in this 15-minute student film. Acting under the stage name T’Lane Balue, (Balue is her middle name) she is overwhelmed to have the opportunity to have her performance on the screen.
“I’m blessed. I’m beyond excited. Someone important could see my face up there on the screen,” Briggeman said. “I think it’s a nice little start to my career.”
The film festival is from Aug. 10 to Aug. 16 with “The Star” showing at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 10. It is one of about 300 short films that will show at the festival.
The festival has been the starting point for several careers including Demi Moore.
In the movie, Briggemen’s character is Clair, a young lady that went through a breakup with her boyfriend and has lost her way ending up in the pornography industry in Hollywood.
Her ex-boyfriend Matt feels guilty that the breakup may have pushed Clair down the wrong path. He has come, out of guilt, to see if they can salvage the relationship. Most of the film takes place in a limousine as the two try to get back together.
The film ends with Matt going back to her current girlfriend and Clair not forgiving him for leaving even though she still loves him.
Even though her film character Clair is in the porno industry the film is entirely PG 13 and focuses only on the pair trying to mend their relationship.
Briggeman said there was no way she would ever get involved in the pornography part of the industry.
Grauman’s Chinese Theater is on Hollywood Boulevard has been the home to the Oscars three times and features the Walk of Fame walk of fame with the hand and foot prints and signatures of many stars in the sidewalk in the forecourt.
Briggeman is the daughter of Stuart and Teri Briggeman. She graduated from Skyline High School in 2004, got an accounting degree from KU in 2008 and her masters in accounting from KU in 2009.
In 2009, she went to work for the prestigious KPMG accounting firm in Los Angeles. She impressed her superiors and had several promotions but her goal was to work in the film industry.
At night she took classes at the Joanne Baron – D.W. Brown Studio learning the Meisner Technique, a two-year program in the evening.
Halfway through the classes, something clicked for Briggeman and she knew she was ready to put aside her accounting days and pursue an acting career full time. She graduated from the program on Friday, Aug. 13.
Page 2 of 2 - She left KPMG at the end of 2011 along with the 50- to 70-hour workweeks and took a proactive approach to acting.
She auditioned for everything she could find and found work doing short films, industrial commercials, theater and Internet films from March until now.
One of those films, “The Star,” had a character that clicked with Briggeman. She was anxious to get the lead part and did an audition. Then she got a callback but was unable to attend because she was working on another film.
Then her break came. She got a call that no one at callbacks matched her original audition and she got the part. The film was done over two weekends for the Los Angeles Film Studies Center.
One of the instructors said it was one of the best student films to come out of the school.
On Aug. 10 many others will get to see her performance and this could film that becomes the big break in her career.