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The Associated Press

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WILMINGTON – Beth Becka has had a recurring part in “Matlock,” appeared opposite Jennifer Lopez in “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” and mastered leading or supporting roles in theater productions from New York to California.

But now she’s well into her second year as a Wilmington entrepreneur with her own startup business, and it’s not an act.

“When we opened our doors,” Becka remembers about the 2011 debut of her Insight School of Acting on Randall Parkway, “we had two teachers and 14 students. Today, we have 7 teachers and over 70 students.

“By August, that number will be up to 90. With a zero marketing budget to start, we have relied heavily on word of mouth, our website and our Facebook page.”

Word of mouth was not an issue. She’s lived in Wilmington for 20 years now, working in film and theater, supporting the community and teaching at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

“And with the way the film and television industry is booming here, (the school) was just a natural fit for me, and the market,” Becka said. “We are unique in this market in that we are the only acting studio offering an on-going program of courses for the student to progress from a beginning level through to advanced-level courses.”

Becka has roots in Eastern North Carolina and throughout the state.

Her master’s in acting and directing is from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and her Wilmington credits include fundraising for local nonprofit groups – but always with one hand, or mainly both feet, in her trade: acting – whether performing, studying or teaching.

“An actor’s life is, in part, about becoming a perpetual student, certainly of life, but also in training,” Becka said. “As with anything that is to be done with excellence, it takes practice.”

In fact, she has been in Oregon this summer refining her acting and teaching talent at the True Acting Institute.

Back in Wilmington this July, her business will be gearing up for numerous summer programs. One program is a summer film camp for children ages 8 to 15.

Anyone can try Becka’s teachings, and her teaching staff.

For more information about the programs, call (910) 232-5599 or go to www.insightschoolofacting.com.