It all started when…
Payten was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas.
She started acting in her hometown when she was fourteen years old by performing in numerous theatrical shows with Theatre Arlington - a local community theatre. It was here that she met her life-long friend & mentor, Joe Chapa. To this day she continues her studies with Joe, exclusively in Stage Combat. She is well on her way to achieving “Master” levels in all weapons.
In the summer of 2015, Payten was accepted into The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, West. Two years later, in May of 2017, Payten walked across the Dolby Theatre’s Stage to accept her diploma. Within those two years, she focused intensively on developing her fundamental acting, singing, movement and writing skills. The Academy singlehandedly laid out a foundation for her craft that she has continued to build upon, and will continue to do so for the rest of her life.
After graduating, Payten chose to return back to Texas. It is here that she has created her Production Company that focuses exclusively on female driven story lines. It is her greatest passion to commit to creating more job opportunities for Women in Film.
She has also gained experience by acting in theatrical shows, student films, short films, and feature films. She has worked her way up to become an integral part of Fort Worth’s budding film community, and is looking forward to becoming even more involved in the up-coming New Year. As Payten gears up to move to Austin, she is sure to become an even more instrumental voice in the Texas film scene.
Payten is currently writing a Western (she will also be Producing and starring in) that will be filmed here in Texas. She is working attentively alongside her circle of mentors to make her writing debut a magnificent one.
Payten travels all over the country for her work. She is always searching for new and exciting projects that challenge her both artistically and business-wise.
You can tag along on all of Payten’s projects by following her on the social media links below.
*Stay tuned for more news on her Production Company.