ABOUT ME

Actress • Voice Over Artist •Teaching Artist

My name is Mercedes Michelle Arndt and I am a Filipino-American actress residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I can be local to Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Austin, Chicago, and New York. 

 

People often refer to me as ethnically ambiguous and I excel at roles that have a young, sarcastic, smart vibe. I am currently represented by the adult talent division at Kim Dawson Talent Agency for TV/Film in Texas, Heyman Talent Agency for the Midwest, and The iGROUP for the state of Michigan. I am currently seeking to expand my team to conquer the Los Angeles and Atlanta areas.

Always a student, I currently study at The Extra Mile Workshop led by the exuberant actor Glenn Morshower. He is known for his role  as Agent Pierce on "24", and his most recent recurring role as Marshall Winthrop in FOX's "The Resident". With recent events of COIVD-19, I am able to continue my weekly training with Glenn over Zoom despite being across the country.

Between being on set, I am recording audiobooks through Audible. Some of my recent books can be found here

I am also a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting with a minor in Costume Design and Construction in May 2019.

You may have seen me host an Oklahoma City Dodger's or a Frisco RoughRider's baseball game during the summer of 2019 as well. When I'm not auditioning, recording, filming, performing, or learning I am two stepping, swing dancing, practicing my jump rope skills, and trying to stay in shape while living above a pizza shop.  Check out my current and upcoming projects below!

 

To learn more about my performing and teaching experience, please visit my "Resume" section.

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CURRENT AND UPCOMING

Living in Michigan has proved its perks! I am so excited to begin filming for the new TV series "The Watchers" that will premiere on the Redeem TV streaming app. Filming will begin in May 2021. I look forward to meeting all of these talented faces.

After the long hiatus of 2020's Coronavirus, I was happy to jump back into the film game with portraying Jade in "Stockholm Syndrome". A suspenseful drama following a young woman seeking help from an old friend about her recent kidnapping and potential development of Stockholm Syndrome.

A new move requires new representation! I was fortunate enough to sign with the Heyman Talent Agency who will  now represent me in the Midwest for TV/Film/Commercial and Voiceover. I welcome only success and gratitude in my journey with this agency.

New friendships bring new opportunities! Having just met Demario Johnson at a mutual work place, we quickly bonded over our obsession with The Bachelor. It wasn't long before we invested our love for questionable

reality TV into a new podcast titled "Roses are Red". Give it a listen on my "Podcast" page!

My summer 2020 quarantine project included recording three audiobooks through ACX. One western romance titled "A Place to Land" by Mary Vine, a drama mystery titled "Remember...A Past You Can't Escape" by Elle Iverson, and the young romance novel "One More Day" by Auryn Hadley. All three can be found on Amazon Audiobooks or Audible!

The world may be put on hold, but my practice is stronger than ever. Using this extra time during the COVID-19 Pandemic, I have been recording scenes from my online zoom class through The Extra Mile Workshop led by Hollywood actor and Dallas native, Glenn Morshower. Zoom videos on"Media" page.

Nothing beats coming together with creative friends to produce great work. I've been working on an independent film with actors in Dallas titled "Tightrope". I have the honor of portraying Madison. Footage to come soon on my "Media" page!

I am proud to be a part of the world premiere of "Shouting Down a Quiet Life" by Holli Harms through the TNT Pops! New Play Project at Rover Dramawerks in Plano, TX.

After graduating from Oklahoma City University, I moved to Dallas, TX where I was signed on by the adult talent division at Kim Dawson Agency, one of the largest agencies in North Texas. 

In August 2019, I directed 17 students in the Oklahoma premiere of "The School Play", a farce written by Nathan Benfall at Oklahoma Children's Theatre in Oklahoma City, OK. 

During the summer of 2019, I had the honor of becoming an in-game host for both the Oklahoma City Dodgers and the Frisco RoughRiders baseball parks.

I spent my summer of 2019 wondering what the world would be like if men got their period. So, Reily Jane Preston and I decided we should write about it and then film it ourselves. Check it out! (warning: explicit language)

In May of 2019, I traveled to Los Angeles, CA to participate in Oklahoma City University's senior LA Showcase. There I had the opportunity to work with Ross Lacy Casting, actor Reece Rios, actress Mary Gallagher, and Joe Anthony Studios.

In April of 2019, I had the opportunity to portray Rosemary Sydney in TheatreOCU's MainStage production of Picnic by William Inge. From this production I was later to receive the 2019 APO Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play.

In early 2019, I was cast in a short film titled "Lost Goodbye". This post-apocalyptic short film was written and directed by Caleb Holmes and was shot in Oklahoma City, OK.

"Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you do criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes"

                                                                                    -Jack Handey

"Accept who you are. Unless you're a serial killer."

                                                                                    -Ellen DeGeneres

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