It might not be permanent, but Michael Placencia is trading in the hustle-and-bustle of life in Los Angeles for the laid-back ways of Northern California once again.
The Manteca High graduate turned actor – who has slowly been building his resume in Hollywood working in television and landing rolls in full-length feature films – just recently make the trek closer to home to pursue tackle a longtime goal of training athletes.
Himself a former collegiate athlete that has made fitness a major part of his life, Placencia says that he’s looking forward to being able to share his knowledge with those in sport-specific sessions while continuing his career in acting.
“We’re getting ready to start shooting a movie in Sacramento soon, and I’m working with the producers right now to find locations for that – it’s an action movie and there’s going to be a lot of noise going on with this one,” he said. “Getting to do that gives me a full education of the movie process, and I know that if I’m ever needed for other duties that I’ll be able to handle those as well.
“There’s a lot of paperwork and numbers stuff and sales that goes into making a movie and a lot of actors don’t ever get a chance to look into that. It’s a good thing to know because it’s a lot of responsibility.”
Two movies that he wrapped up in the last year – Demon, which stars Jasmine Walt, and Beyond, which stars Dee Wallace of ET fame – are expected to be released, he says, between now and early next year.
Currently the producers of Demon are shopping for a buyer while SyFy – the channel that bought the rights to Beyond – still has to make a few post-production tweaks before it’s in the can and ready to premiere on the popular channel.
But with American Terrorists – the action movie shooting in Sacramento – coming up, and his training sessions kicking off, Placencia knows that he’ll be able to keep himself busy the same way he has since he first packed his car up and headed for Hollywood.
By doing what he loves.
And if everything goes as planned, he hopes to be sharing that with aspiring thespians in his hometown soon – using studio space at the facility owned by friends Paul and Harmony Rebeiro to teach introductory acting classes
“I’ll be heading back down there soon because I have some meetings set up, and I’ll be bouncing back and forth,” he said. “But regardless of where I am, it’s good to be home – it’s good to get recharged and remind myself that this is where I come from.
“And I’m hoping to share what I love about the process with people who are interested in everything from audition techniques to the craft of acting to what it takes to get into a role. We haven’t worked out the details just yet, but I’d like to be able to share what I’ve learned with the community.”