- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - For many area high school students, a summer job means flipping burgers at a restaurant, folding shirts at a retail shop or watching kids splash at the pool from the heights of the lifeguard’s seat.

Not for 16-year-old Jared Winslow, who will be a junior at Bloomington High School North when school starts in August.

Winslow has spent his summer acting.

After attending the Indianapolis premiere of the Civil War movie “The Battles That Changed Us,” in which Winslow had a lead role, he got straight to work on a short film. In “Stardust and Moonbeams,” which is being filmed at the Farmer House Museum in Bloomington, Winslow has a supporting role.

“I like doing films, especially during the summer, because I have more time,” Winslow said.



During the school year, it’s tough acting and getting all of his schoolwork done, particularly if Winslow has to travel. He also enjoys being a part of school theater productions and taking acting classes.

“I like that I can be a different person,” he said.

To take on the role of a character in a movie, Winslow will don Civil War garb, speak with an accent or take on a personality that isn’t his own.

He also just likes being on camera and seeing the finished product.

“I like seeing myself on the big screen,” he said with a smile.

Winslow’s been acting since he was 7 and took classes with the Bloomington Playwrights Project. Besides acting, he works in other aspects of filmmaking.

For instance, he helps out with set design and writes film reviews. He even got to write a story based on an interview he did with actor Tommy Lee Jones.

From Winslow’s point of view, working during the summer now will help him in the future.

“It gives me a lot more experience being a professional,” he said.

Although he’s fond of acting, he isn’t so sure he’ll pursue acting for a career. He also gets into his physics and calculus classes.

“I love acting, but there’s potential in other things,” he said.

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Source: The (Bloomington) Herald-Times, https://bit.ly/1K3TJK1

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Information from: The Herald Times, https://www.heraldtimesonline.com

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