Our Conversation with Leslie Pakulski (Cemetery Doll)
Leslie is a scare actor and is a rookie this year!
Which of your achievements to date are you most proud of?
I consider any time I’ve made adults cry or pee themselves to be an achievement worth being proud of. A particular favorite moment was making a customer so scared that they broke the fence on the edge of the pathway in his frantic haste to get away.
What’s your favorite horror film and why?
It’s a tie between “The Shining” (it was my first horror movie, so it holds a special place for me) and “The Woman” (2011). The woman is a favorite because it shows the audience that the scary looking monster isn’t always the one that you need to be afraid of. The seemingly well kempt family man is so much more dangerous than the feral woman locked in the barn. The acting, the music, everything about it is quietly unsettling, until the last act when all hell breaks loose!
Who is your hero in the horror world and why?
Stephen King. I wish I could have such a delightfully twisted, yet somehow organized mind.
Share a practical tip for a woman who wants to do what you do.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Don’t be upset if someone jeers in your face and says you aren’t scary. Find your character and inhabit it. The patrons are more scared than you are, let’s keep it that way!
Inspire someone who is not where they want to be in the industry yet.
Don’t stop. Whether it’s one night at a little hole in the wall haunt, or a full season at a reputable place. Find any off season gigs that you can (many places have Christmas or Valentines events.) Build your reputation by showing up confident in yourself and your character.
Scare the crap out of us with something you have done or plan on doing!
I can’t post a video of my main character here! But I plan on starting her off for the year with a photo shoot. She’ll be in a cemetery surrounded by skeletonized dolls.
What projects do you have coming up?
More haunt acting this upcoming fall, as well as a couple planned stand alone events.