What She Does: Michelle Ellen Jones has been attracted to the spotlight since she was young, and broke for Los Angeles to try her hand at acting at the first opportunity. When stardom didn't emerge, she returned to Houston to re-evaluate her future.
There she discovered ballroom dancing and it became her whole life. She's now a certified instructor who competes professionally in the field, but her desire to be an actress has never left her.
In 2012 she stepped back in front of the camera for a small part in Henrik Bech Poulsen's Helen Alone. Since then she's picked up a dozen roles and is on her way to being one of the best scream queens in the potent Houston horror scene. She recently played the "good" Siamese twin in Joe Grisaffi's Conjoined, but her shining moment was in Jeremy Sumrall's Pick-Axe Murders III: The Final Chapter. In it, she plays a compelling beautiful and erotic character with a surprisingly primal and bloody secret. Her work in the opening of the film is one of the best horror intros ever done, and she owned every minute of it.
Why She Likes It: "I love getting to play all different types of characters. It's fun to 'walk in someone else's shoes' and experience things through their eyes. I have also gotten to meet some pretty cool people in the Houston film industry that I now consider to be lifelong friends."
What Inspires Her: Jones's best inspiration is her own incredible drive. A self-identified Type A personality, she considers her dreams to just be realities in waiting that she must bring to life. She's incredibly competitive and dedicated. (For instance, she sat for this interview on the way back from her wedding!)
Her personal hero is Kate Winslet, who she fell in love with watching Titanic as a fifth grader. The pale, British Winslet reminded Jones of herself, and her family was kind enough to indulge her dreams of becoming just like her.
If Not Here, Then Where: "I would want to live in New Orleans; that city has so much personality, charm and quite a bustling film industry. My family is mostly there and the food is delicious! Who doesn't love beignets?"
If Not This, Then What: Her ballroom dancing is still a huge part of her life. Not only does she love the art of it on its own, she has a passion for teaching others that is its own reward.
What's Next: I just wrapped a Titanium Tequila commercial, so I am super excited about this next year! I also have Wayne Slaten's Patriot Act and another potential film in Louisiana on the horizon. I am always submitting myself for projects and trying to grow in my chosen career. You will never become better if you don't ever face a challenge, so I keep trying to find characters outside of my comfort zone.
More Creatives for 2014 (In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).
Morris Malakoff, photographer and filmmaker Terrill Mitchell, dancer Deji Osinulu, photographer Mason Sweeney, artist K.J. Russell, sci-fi author and writing teacher Emily Robison, choreographer and filmmaker John Cramer, violinist and concertmaster Shipra Mehrotra, Odissi dancer and choreographer Winston Williams, comics artist Octavio Moreno, opera singer Dylan Godwin, actor, storyteller and teacher McKenna Jordan, independent bookstore owner Steven Trimble, mixed media artist Sandria Hu, visual artist and professor of art Robert Gouner AKA Goon73, photographer Shawna Forney and Erma Tijerina (aka SHER), culture gurus Mark Bradley, photographer James Ferry, comics artist Keith Parsons, author and philosophy professor Alonzo Williams Jr., photographer Rudy Zanzibar Campos, painter Paige Kiliany, director Betirri Bengtson, visual artist Melissa Maygrove, romance novelist Natalie Harris, bridal gown designer Larry McKee, cinematographer Tiffany Heath, filmmaker Jonathan Pidcock, Jewelry Maker Mallory Bechtel, actor, singer, dancer Janine Hughes, visual artist Nyssa Juneau, artist John Merritt, artist Leslie Scates, choreographer and dance educator Denise O'Neal, producer, director, playwright Jason Poland, cartoonist Courtney Sandifer, filmmaker, actor, writer Lloyd Gite, gallery owner Henry Yau, The Children's Museum of Houston's publicity and promotions guru Angeli Pidcock, fantasy writer and mentor Jennifer Mathieu, author Scott Chitwood, writer Anat Ronen, urban artist Amber Galloway Gallego, rockstar and sign language interpreter Michael Weems, playwright Lane Montoya, artist Jordan Simpson, SLAM poet Joey & Jaime, designers Suzi Taylor, photographer Ashton Miyako, dressmaker T. Smith, artistLindsay Finnen, photographer Kaitlyn Stanley, tattoo artist Eleazar Galindo Navarro, video game maker Kate de Para, textile and clothing designer Shawn Swanner, video game painter Andy Gonzales, painter Chris Foreman, comic book sketcher Theresa DiMenno, photographer Jessica E. Jones, opera singer Atseko Factor, actor John Pluecker, writer, poet and language justice worker Ricky Ortiz, painter, tattoo artist Rabēa Ballin, artist David Wald, actor Lisa E. Harris, performing and visual artist Stephanie Todd Wong, executive director of Dance Source Houston Pamela Fagan Hutchins, novelist Heather Gordy, artist Mark Nasso, comic artist Shelbi-Nicole, artist Marian Szczepanski, novelist Jonathan Blake, fashion designer Doni Langlois, interior designer Kat Denson, dancer Blame the Comic, comedian Margaret Menchaca Alvarez, artist Jacquelyne Jay Boe, dancer Rene Fernandez, painter Teresa Chapman, choreographer and dancer