C-47 Houston is proud to
introduce a dynamic and versatile actress. We first met this wonderful
actress on the set of "Cristina's Court" and we have been
bumping into Ms. Trento ever since. We were happy to chat with Karen
about her acting career and her new supportive lead in the new independent
film "The Maestro. C-47 Houston is happy to introduce Ms.
C-47: When did acting become a passion
Ms. Trento: At a very young age. When I was
a child, my Dad
had one of those big cameras which had these big lights overhead. At
that time, I was the newly born, cute with platinum blond hair and big
brown eyes. He would always
take moving pictures of me. My family frequently spoke of
actors and actresses as if they knew them personally. I felt a
connection to acting right away. The first time I performed was in first
grade. I had to sing, dance and act.
C-47: How did you get started
acting in Houston?
Ms. Trento: After the death of
my ex-husband. I returned to Houston in June 2004. I realized then how
short life really is and decided I need to get back to my first
passion…...acting. I started taking classes and within only a few
months I was running in the circles with other actors and people in the
film business. I started getting work as an extra in various projects
around town like many of the other actors do. I did get a few small
roles in a couple of projects around town. Opportunities in Houston
seemed to just always pop up for me.
C-47: Have you had any recent
Ms. Trento: Yes…...I was a
Supportive Lead for the movie, “The Maestro.” I was suppose to play
a small role of a reporter but the director, producer and writer,
Lawrence V. Williams saw something more in me. He felt that I was
anointed and soon began calling me “Special K”.
C-47: How was it?
Ms. Trento: It was one of the
best experiences for me as an actress. With this being my first speaking
role as a Defense Attorney, it had some challenges. There were tears
some times but with laughter I survived. Many thought the role might be
out of my league…but with God’s help, I did it and made some proud
C-47: What kind of support did you get?
One of the lead actors, Michael Wayne Thomas was very helpful to me. He was like
my acting coach on
set. He would say, “Karen, you can do this!” And with his help I
did. Of course the crew from Firefly Productions were outstanding and
did a great job.
Carrie Shea for helping with my make-up and just having another woman
around like her was good. I thought it was nice of Charles Turner to
let us use his warehouse to film some of the fight scenes. Don Ramos,
along with myself, was especially helpful in gathering extras to fill
the court room scene. The great thing for me about any movie is the
teamwork involved and not the size of the production. It’s about
putting all our differences aside and working through them to produce
What did you take away from that experience?
I learned many things and met a lot of great people. It taught me
that with determination and perseverance you can succeed. Yes….the
Film Industry is tough. You will run into people with big egos, not
everyone is going to like you, understand you or even want to help
you. But there are a lot of good people out there helping folks in the
business and you have to make it your goal to seek them out.
What’s in the future for Karen?
Who knows…….the sky’s the limit. I’m
on improving my acting skills by taking more classes. I worked with an
Image Consultant / Stylist, Wayne Spears of CuzCo Image Consultants at
the beginning of last year to help me to understand and create my own
unique fashion style. He organized my closet and began helping me to
coordinate a working actress’ wardrobe by getting rid of things that
I didn’t need. Also, he taught me how to buy stuff on a budget to
build and add to what I had already. You know………….clothes do
make a woman (smile)!
help of my friend, Charles Turner of Atlarge Production, I just
completed my first audition tape. And this tape has already been sent
out to a few contacts in Hollywood. But know this………I’m not
just waiting around for the phone to ring, I’m out there with the
help of God looking for my next opportunity (smile)!
Ms. Trento is an
actor, model and into public relations. She enjoys swimming, horseback
riding, bowling and has the ability to make people laugh.