ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Molly Gropp

By Laura Good

Senior Molly Gropp gives direction on the set of "Fifth Position."                         (Photo provided)

Senior Molly Gropp gives direction on the set of “Fifth Position.” (Photo provided)

For senior film major Molly Gropp, her decision to major in film has been all about God’s calling on her life. Originally, she was set on going to Chicago to major in psychology, specifically to get involved in media and film.  However, a week before graduating she felt God calling her to the university.

“Everything just kind of fell into place,” she said. “I talked to the admissions counselors and found out there was a film program here. I knew this was where I was supposed to be, and film was what I was supposed to do.”

Growing up, she always stayed up to date with movies and music.

“In middle school I’d make funny movies, and I guess that was when my interest really grew,” she said. “I decided that I wanted to get involved in the acting industry in high school.”

Over this semester, Gropp has been working on her senior film called “Fifth Position.” She also was the casting director for a film Youth for Christ developed.

“I got to find all the talent for the Youth for Christ film, and it was great working on that,” she said.

During her final semester, Molly will participate in the semester in Los Angeles, Calif. that the film department offers.

“The rest of this year, I will be preparing myself for Los Angeles and making sure my work is good to show prospective employers,” she said. “Next semester in L.A., I will be taking classes half of the week, and the other half I’ll be doing an internship on film sets.”

Gropp doesn’t have any set plans after graduation, but she is confident God will lead her.

“I honestly don’t know where I plan on being just because God is always changing my plans, but I know he’s given me a passion for film which he’ll use in some way or another,” she said.

Molly is thankful for her time at the university and the opportunities she has had.

“Something I’ve learned while at HU and majoring in film is that I’ve come to college to fail. Don’t expect to be perfect, “ she said. “We’re here to make mistakes and learn from them. It’s O.K. to try and not succeed at something while I’m here. This is a great place to experiment. It’s all about the learning experience.”

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