Garland native India Autry is striking out big in New York City, and she is showing the world what she can do.
Autry is a woman of many talents, and she hopes her skills are taking her toward her goal of the silver screen. She has put her education first, and has graduated from college and gone on beyond that to continue furthering her education.
“I was exploring creative fields, and was led towards acting,” said Autry recently. “I decided to pursue acting as it was the perfect fit for me. It made sense.” It is one of a variety of creative fields she has chosen to explore, and she has also delved into writing as well.
As a 2002 Union High School graduate, she transitioned into college at UNC-Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree while writing a newspaper column in high school.
“My goal is to be a part of making quality productions that move people,” said Autry in a phone interview this week. “I want to impact people positively.”
Autry started acting after she started practicing law. She began her journey in May 2012, and that summer she never slowed down.
“I want to excel in the field, and make it to the ‘A’ list,” said Autry. Right now she is waiting on a TV episode she is in to be released as well as some movies. The film industry coincided nicely for her with going to law school, she pointed out. For law school she went to New York University, and she is licensed to practice in New York, where she currently lives.
“New York City is a good place for acting,” said Autry. She said her biggest inspiration has come from film and TV, particularly of lawyers pursuing justice and doing good in the world, and she has been most inspired by the movie JFK.
“The movie JFK was the catalyst that drew me into that direction,” she said.
“It is amazing to me that a person can be a lawyer and have that passion to find out what really happened to John F. Kennedy,” said Autry. “That attorney, he was the only person, and the catalyst for the trial, for that assassination.” She said that for her the film represented what one person can do and the impact they can have on society.
“But it is not really the reality of what most lawyers do,” acknowledged Autry.
“I feel it my place to help make films that can make an impact,” she stressed. “I want to be in the world to teach, shape, and inspire people. I feel that it is my calling.” Her drive and determination have been clearly demonstrated through her hard work.
In August 2006 she moved to Manhattan to obtain her law degree, and she says it was a pretty easy and exciting transition for her.
“I didn’t have any culture shock,” said Autry. “I felt comfortable.” She must have been very comfortable with the idea of moving so far away, because Autry did not even visit New York before she went there. She just went straight up to school because she said she already knew she wanted to go, and she was determined.
So far her favorite thing about being in New York City has been all the possibilities and opportunities.
“I have met a lot of people and there is something always going on,” said Autry. But with all the changes, the most unsual thing she has had to deal with was getting used to sleeping at night. The noise at night can be loud, she said, with ambulances going down the street. She said it wasn’t like being out in the woods, something she was more used to growing up in Sampson County.
She said she doesn’t remember when she first started thinking about going to a large city. She lived in the Raleigh area when she went to UNC-Chapel Hill, and for her that seemed to solidify even further that she wanted to be somewhere with more going on than what could be found back home.
Her family and friends have been very supportive, she said, and her family is happy with whatever she decides to do.
To find out more about India Autry, see her website, www.indiaautry.com where you can click follow and receive email updates or check out her blog.
She says she will post when the TV episode she taped is airing and when the films she’s starring in come out.
Emily M. Hobbs can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 122 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org