Actress Lunden De'Leon launches Palmetto Film Studios
Online PR News – 29-December-2010 – – Appearing in over fifty movies and television shows, actress Lunden De'Leon launches Palmetto Film Studio in Mullins South Carolina. The company makes and distributes five to seven films a year. Titles released by Palmetto Film Studio and currently touring the film festival circuit is the urban drama Last of a Dying Breed, Stifle, Between Brothers and 13 Miles.
" I left South Carolina after high school and traveled 3,000 miles to Hollywood to pursue my acting career," says De'Leon. " I plan to help people in South Carolina pursue their entertainment career without leaving friends and family behind."
Hailing from Marion, South Carolina, Lunden De'Leon had her fair share of ups and downs before she came to be known as the powerhouse she is now. After a brief stint as a Burger King employee as a teenager, De’Leon, who was bitten by the entertainment bug after seeing her gospel-singer father perform, decided to pursue her dreams and found herself in Hollywood, homeless and with only $200 to her name.
Through a roommate, who would offset things in De’Leon’s life in ways she could never imagine, things began looking up. After attending a model calling, De’Leon, whose motivation was solely to overcome her “hungry and penniless” state at the time, the Caribbean beauty not only booked the audition, but scored a one-year modeling contract the same day.
Not long thereafter, De’Leon made her small screen debut on the hit series Vital Signs, - filmed in Los Angeles, but broadcast in Germany - in which she starred as a young woman trying to make it in the United States, a storyline not too far off from the rising star’s own life. De’Leon continued to make a name for herself with a host of subsequent movie and television appearances, including the NBC sitcom, Just Shoot Me!
De’Leon’s biggest break, however, came in 2003 when she launched her very own record label, Dirrty Records. Upon the label’s success in its home of Los Angeles, a second branch was set up in South Carolina, where the entrepreneur still calls home.
With an eclectic roster of artists signed to the label, including Seattle-based punk band The Slumps and the British indie rock quartet, The Fades, whose music has already been featured on the NBC hits “Life” and “Friday Night Lights,” De’Leon proved that she was an innovative force to be reckoned with.
What followed was a feature in New York-based magazine The Ave, vaunting De’Leon as “one of the most significant women in entertainment” and in 2004, an induction into the Caribbean Hall of Fame, alongside reggae legend Bob Marley and acting great Sidney Poitier.
Since then, De’Leon, who also received her own day (February 7) in Los Angeles as proclaimed by former mayor James K. Hahn, has made sure not to rest on her laurels. De’Leon also started The Lunden De'Leon Foundation, encouraging young children to follow their dreams, in just the determined way she did.