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By Johnny Jackson

Roslyn Evans is an eclectic personality.

The 42-year-old wife and mother -- in the process of earning her second master's degree -- is deep in the pre-production process for a pilot television series, called "Women in the Life ATL."

Evans said she earned her master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix, and plans to receive her second master's degree, in criminal justice, from the online university this summer.

"However, my love and passion is film and acting," said Evans, a film and television producer, and co-founder of Actor's Breakthrough Studio in Morrow.

As an executive producer, she recently completed a 60-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) about education, which was taped at Luella High School in Locust Grove. She said she is currently pursuing a PSA about health and nutrition that she hopes to film at a local restaurant to air on area cable networks.

"I want to continue, as much as I can, to draw people to the Southside," she said. "This gives me everything that I'm looking for -- a small, rural place with a close-knit community."

Evans, a native of rural Perry, Fla., moved to the Southern Crescent area in June of 2005. She lives in Locust Grove with her husband of nine years, Kelvi Evans, and their 2-year-old daughter, Jasiyah.

"I've been acting since I was 13, and I have been acting professionally for the past 10 years," said Evans.

She said her mentor and coach is GregAlan Williams, a 30-year film, television, and stage veteran, known for his roles on the "Baywatch" television series and the "Remember the Titans" film. He has dozens of other television and film credits, such as "The Sopranos," "The West Wing," "Acts of Betrayal," and "Old School."

Williams, a Henry County resident since 1997, partnered with Evans to create the Actor's Breakthrough Studio. "We are the only professional film-actors studio in the south metro area," said Williams. "There's a lot of production in Georgia right now, and as a result, I've been working more in Georgia than I ever have since 1997. There are great locations in the south part of the metro area, and it's a great community.

"This is a home-grown industry," he continued. "It's already developed. Atlanta is a world-class city. One of the reasons productions come here, is because they know they can staff their productions. There is a wealth of movie professionals here in Georgia."

Evans believes she is one of those professional talents. She has had her hands in productions across the region, even doing work with the Atlanta-based Tyler Perry Studios. She last performed in "American Violet," a feature film.

"There is a lot that is coming to Atlanta," she said. "My game plan is to bring the film industry to the south of Atlanta."

Meanwhile, Evans said she wants to continue writing and producing television pilots with the hope they will latch on to national audiences. She said she wants to pitch to networks a drama series about the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

"Criminal justice is my background," she said. "I worked with the U.S. Department of Defense as a policeman, and I worked with the Florida Department of Corrections as a corrections officer."

Evans said she is in the process of writing a pilot for a sitcom, entitled, "Keeping Company," a fast-paced comedy about friends and family members living together in suburban Atlanta.


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