Nampa country music singer hopes to land a role in the ABC series “Nashville”
Local country music recording artist MacKayla Hunter of Nampa says she has submitted a portfolio to the casting director of the ABC series “Nashville,” in the hopes of landing a small role on the series.
The series debuts tonight at 9 p.m. on KIVI, Channel 6 in Boise and KSAW, Channel 51 in Twin Falls.
Hunter said, “I got an e-mail from the casting director, saying that they are casting for an 18-year-old singer/songwriter. .. So we sent them a portfolio; some pictures (of me), a CD, and little bio.” Hunter said it may be a few weeks yet before she hears back, to see if the producers would like her to come in for an audition.
Hunter is currently sharing her time between her home in Nampa and a temporary home in Nashville, where she is working in a country music internship program.
The “Nashville” series stars Connie Britton as a legendary country music recording artist whose popularity is fading and Hayden Panettiere as an up-and- coming singer determined to replace Britton’s character on the music charts.
Britton is most recently known for her role in the television series “Friday Night Lights” and the FX cable series “American Horror Story.” Panettiere formerly starred in the science-fiction series “Heroes.”
“Nashville” was created by Callie Khouri, who won an Academy Award for her screenplay “Thelma and Louise.”
Hunter said the series is filmed on location in its namesake city. “They actually do a lot of filming downtown and on Music Row. The other day, in fact, there was a street closed off for filming. It was cool. You could go down and watch (the series being filmed), if you wanted to.”
Hunter said she is looking forward to watching the series. “Obviously, being filmed in here Nashville, there will probably be a lot of accuracy. And there’s (no current television series) really out there that’s like it. So it’s very unique. It looks like it’s going to be a pretty great show.”
Hunter is currently working on music for another possible CD.
On her website, she says, “I believe that music has a way to the heart. For the last three years, writing has been my passion, singing has been my love and music has been my way of life. When I was twelve, my dad taught me four chords on his old guitar, and I began teaching myself to sing. Three weeks later, I wrote my first song. After that it was hopeless … his guitar and I were joined at the hip! A few months later, he bought me my own guitar. It wasn’t anything special, but it was my prized possession. I played my first gig at my school’s eighth-grade graduation when I was thirteen, and realized that I loved to perform. My dream since then has been the same: I want to inspire people with my music.
(photo: courtesy mackaylahunter.com/Justis Photography)