Bold…… Godbold to you!
Trained in just about everything one might need to be the next Bond, Faneal Godbold has exceptional training. Her skills include Police/Detective work, Tactical Driving, Fire Arms, SWAT Protocol, and Sniper Experience.
Our own Atomic Blonde will get your heart pumping and on the edge of your seat. She’s got the armor of a trained fighter, and the softness of a caring woman who knows when to kick some justice into those who break the law or disturb the peace among her peers. In the era of Bourne, Bond, Mad Max and John Wicks, we are proud to work with a rising star; or should I say, a shooting star! Faneal has paid her dues, and proved to be a hard working actor with a faithful dedication to her craft and duties.
The tall blonde, blue-eyed, Godbold, was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. After joining a drama program in middle school, she discovered her love for acting. She took advantage of the pre-adolescent aura and co-wrote and starred in several plays featuring her chums. This became a fuel that would forever ignite her devotion in acting and whatever task she had at hand.
As she grew up, she decided to put her acting niche on hold, pursued sports and eventually went on to study Criminal Justice at Charleston Southern University, where she walked away with a bachelors degree. But acting was already boiling in her blood and was part of her DNA, while cramming for midterms and finals, Godbold rekindled the passion she had for the performing arts.
Life after college was dangerously exciting for her, as her career in law nudged her to train extensively with tactical weapons and police procedures. “After several years in law enforcement, Faneal was approached by Investigate Discovery to film a segment on a murder that she has investigated,” (ref: Godbold’s website) Faneal’s passion and dedication rose to the max and acting merged with her work expertise, then, she knew, there was no running away from her calling.
When she’s not training or submitting for a role, she’s working hard as a team player. She’s not only great allied among the human kind, but of those four legged creatures that we share our lives with here on Earth. Faneal, a top level officer of the law and outstanding actress donates to cancer, animals, and multiple sclerosis. She travels wherever and whenever necessary and her strong passion for acting and humanity shines throughout as it embraces the world.
Her experience extends to the world of film and television. Her television work includes shows such as: Nashville, Dick Kelly, Containment, Scorned: Killer Couples, Scorned: Love Kills, The Junkie King, and most recently, HAON. Godbold describes, “Steeped in the supernatural and brewed in immortality, “HAON” revolves around a little girl who could hold the key to immortality and the people who surround her that want to protect and/or exploit her abilities while bringing in elements of history.” Godbold plays Erica Strauss, a Chief of Security for The Society of Juvenile helpers founded by Jacob Aaron.
Though her television experience might be a mouthful, her film work is impressive. Her involvement begins with: Vacation, The Fifth Wave, Extreme the Movie, Bandages, The Brothers Statue, Manifest Destiny, Batman: Master of Fear, Nascent Nation- A Superman Story, and ends with her most recent project, In Utero. Godbold describes her role, “My character Zoe, is a broken woman, whose moral compass is askew in her search to become whole again. Heaven helps anyone that gets in her way, and what will become of her.” She continues, “A hardcore thriller which delves into the taboos and morays that define us and divide. The value of life, and the lengths one would go to if pushes to protect a life.”
The Film is a throwback to the grindhouse films of the 70’s (Last house on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave), with a modern edge.”
Godbold a star in the rising! Our own Atomic Blonde! Hollywood awaits!
*Article Written by Sylvia Valdez and Olga Aldama – Edited by Olga Aldama – Photos with permission by Faneal Godbold
It all begins with a story, then, you’ll get to know who’s behind it and the human side of it touches your heart, and then, boom! you’re hooked!
That was for me!
The Extraordinary Ordinary, a project by Natalie Rodriguez got me at hello!
Natalie communicated with me through mail, on a Sunday late afternoon back in June. At first, she went to a pile of unopened correspondence. Later, when I prepared my work calendar for the following week, I went back and read her story. Immediately, I could see this project carried a lot of heart and emotions, it talked about those people we encounter every day, in the subway, on the street, at the store, at our schools and jobs. Those people that we just catch a glance of, and don’t get to know much deeply after that.
Natalie’s project is about Erica, a character that embodies so much pain and despair, someone who holds inside so much that refrains her from being the independent, brilliant, and beautiful woman she really is. Erica survives every day, every minute of every day as she’s learned to live a life full of joys that cannot be fully appreciated because of a dark past that haunts her all the way.
To support her, Erica’s parents are over-bearing, intrusive and very far from helpful, although with all great intentions. On the other hand, Erica’s new friends present a false escape to her cruel reality. As a result, Erica reaches bottom, like many people whose battlefield is in their own mind, Erica tastes the ultimate defeat, and we all hope that she’ll be soon awakened to face those monsters that have been tormenting her for the longest.
Erica’s story is very relevant, very real and needs to be told. It’s through her that other lives can be saved, nurtured back to a better reality and given a chance to strive and succeed in a sometimes-cruel world. Her story reaches those who have battled in fear, in a darkness that many times consumes a person from the inside out. Those who have learned to behave in a crowded world, to walk among others with an invisible cloak, and most importantly to hide in plain sight. Those are the ones who fight a terrible war; their battlefield is in their mind.
The battle in the mind, does not discriminate. It can start as innocent as a simply panic attack, and then grow to become the authority to our actions and emotions. A mind it is a very powerful and dangerous zone to be in; many times, is the source of the most illustrious ideas but also be a source of total annihilation.
The Extraordinary Ordinary is a story of valor, strength and resilience. It talks about courage, love and forgiveness. It highlights a self-forgiveness, it invites us to look deep inside ourselves, to find a kind of love that no-one else can offer. When we pick up the pieces of a broken soul and heart, and we decide to carry on, it’s then, that we learn our pasts won’t define us but only strengthen us for a greater path in life, and a much rewarding future.
We thank you all who are supporters of a cause that brings light and a message of hope to those countless and many time anonymous who suffer in silent. Let’s tell them, it’s alright to feel incomplete, broken, and damaged, at least for a bit, and then, let’s show them there’s help, support and a friend on those who are here not to judge, not to condemn but to give an everlasting and never depleting: LOVE!
Thanks for all you who contribute to make a difference in the world, for those who hear our voices, and thanks to Natalie and her team for being so dedicated, courageous and wonderful, and for reaching out to us. It’s a pleasure!
We appreciate all your support, visit us at https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/the-extraordinary-ordinary