This article first appeared in an August, 2013 edition of The News Reporter.
When the 2012 Take the Lake Celebrity Participant Jane McNeill-Balter looks at national publications and sees “Occupation: actor” next to her name, she knows it’s been a long journey getting there.
Her childhood dreams of being an actor have finally come true, with steady work on television recently as a regular on “The Walking Dead,” and in movies “Hornets Nest” and “The Occult.”
She was no instant celebrity, though. After college at UNC Chapel Hill, she pursued stage roles in Kentucky, Arkansas and Chicago, working toward her actor’s equity card in community theater, and working other jobs to get by.
“I spent a lot of time waiting tables,” she said.
Putting her acting career on hold in the mid-1990s, McNeill-Balter earned a masters degree in education, then taught drama and English for a while. She married Yoel Balter and returned to
This article first appeared in a July, 2011 edition of The News Reporter.
The Take the Lake committee has announced its celebrity participant for the 2011 season, a local military veteran who has gained national fame through his work.
John Deans of Whiteville will participate in Take the Lake X-TREME! Aug. 27, no small feat for the 49-year-old cast member of the Discovery Channel television show, “Swamp Loggers.”
Deans is not one of the burly lumberjacks on the
Whitaker will participate in the Bike & Hike Sunday and the swim Monday, joining Kevin, who will also accept the paddle challenge. So, with the moral suppor