Sarah’s Song – a short, post-apocalyptic film tackling trauma and the struggle to face the vicious world – was just selected by a Toronto horror film festival, with Tsawwassen’s Sabrina Valana in the starring role.
After graduating last year from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, the young, aspiring actress, plays the role of teenager Sarah in the film that will be making its debut at the Canadian horror film festival, Blood in the Snow, this November.
The 21-year-old South Delta Secondary grad says she is thrilled to have landed the role and can hardly wait to see where else her blooming acting career will take her.
“I’m not one of those people that are like ‘I want to make it to Hollywood!’ If I could be on Broadway and be performing for the rest of my life, that would make me so happy. Just to be able to tell stories and work with other creators, other artists that live and breathe to tell stories or re-enact the life of someone else,” says Valana.
Having emerged from the two-year program at her “dream” school, she says she’s learned so much about herself and what the world of being an artist looks like.
“They train you to be a human being that investigates what it means to be a human being,” she says.
Getting a start in New York has been a dream of Sabrina’s since childhood, and she still vividly remembers all the sirens and horns of the bustling city life.
“I knew that there were people that wanted to chase their dreams as hard as I did, [and they were] just, like, walking alongside me, bumping my elbows, being next to them – being in a place where people wanted something as badly as I did, it pushed me harder to do my best,” she says.
Valana thanks all of her loved ones for supporting her to chase her dreams and says that she’s working with her agent to audition for as many opportunities as possible.
Sarah’s Song has been accepted into several festivals, she says, but so far, only the Blood in the Snow Film Festival selection has been announced on the film’s Instagram page at @sarahsong_film.The film is expected to be released on Dec. 15 this year, reads IMDB’s webpage.