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Stand-in roles provides the flexibility former city worker needs

Updated: Jan 15, 2021

Janice Scott has held a number of jobs that fulfilled her personally — special deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service, motivational speaker, and part of the City of Atlanta Watershed Department, to name a few.

But it wasn’t until she established herself as a stand-in actor in Georgia’s film and television production industry that she felt truly grounded.

Today, the industry provides not only a challenging career for Janice, it gives her the flexibility to visit her elderly mother who lives about eight hours away.

“I’m a Christian woman, and God told me that if I gave up my city job to go one once a month to take care of Mom, He would open doors that no one could close,” says Janice, the youngest of 10 children. “And He did.”

Janice makes regular drives to Arkansas from Atlanta to take care of her 93-year-old mother.

In the late ’90s and early 2000s, when she worked as a special deputy for the U.S. Marshalls Service, she couldn’t drop everything to go home when the family needed her. It all became too much in 2002 and Janice moved to Arkansas to be closer to home.

In 2016 Janice returned to Atlanta and began a job at the city’s Watershed Department. She also became and a devout member of World Changers Church, where she made valuable connections that led her to the film and television production industry. She put her natural networking skills to work, and soon found work. It didn’t take long to build film and TV opportunities into a full-time career that provided the flexibility she needed.

Her work includes productions such as “Sweet Magnolias,” “The Resident,” “The Haves and The Have Nots,” “Ozark,”, but her favorite was standing in as a choir member for all four seasons of Greenleaf.

“I’ve always been drawn to the industry,” says Janice. “In the ‘80s I met Oprah Winfrey and said, ‘One day that is going to be me.’

So here I am, working in an industry I love that lets me be the person I’m supposed to be.”



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