Victoria teen finds acting career taking off
June 21, 2012 at 1:21 a.m.
Updated June 22, 2012 at 1:22 a.m.
The first time Sage Boysen drove a car - and nearly crashed it - he was 14 years old.
He was on the movie set of "Shane Road," working under former "Star Trek" actor Tory Christopher. After putting the car in gear and suddenly darting ahead, Sage slammed on the brakes just before hitting a shed on the movie set.
"Tory Christopher of 'Star Trek' taught my son how to drive," Sage's mom, Patty Boysen said in the family's Victoria home.
Though she knows how absurd that sounds, that's become the new normal for the Boysen family.
Sage is now 15. With Bieber-esque blonde hair and bright blue eyes, he's a 6-foot heartthrob by any teenage girl standards. Sage has been training to become an actor since he was 9, when his mom agreed to enroll him in acting classes in Houston.
"She told me I had to have good grades to do it. She said that's how they get on TV, so she tricked me into that one." Sage said.
After years of training, Sage officially rolled out his career two years ago. Since then, he's done well in home schooling and has landed lead roles on films such as "Runtime Error" and "Roundball" with Victoria filmmaker Anthony Pedone.
In his first audition, he scored the lead in a commercial for Sports Authority with NFL player Michael Strahan.
That was the first gig for which Sage earned a paycheck. He promptly blew the $2,000 on a violin he never much learned to play. His mom still chuckles at that one, but she lets him spend his earnings his way. Except now, he has to pay for his own acting workshops.
"When you start making it, you start paying for it," she'd told him.
Along his way to making it, he's met - and often befriended - folks from all over the Hollywood spectrum. Through a girl he met on an audition, Sage met Claire Kelly, daughter of astronaut Mark Kelly and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He ended up taking her to the prom, and the families have been friends since.
Between actors crashing at their house, or a film crew following Sage around his home for a documentary-type shoot, the random connections are just one of the ways life for the Boysen family isn't quite as normal as their neighbors.
Sage's self-proclaimed "momager" keeps him grounded, though, like the time she wouldn't let him accept a role in a gory horror film.
"He has a manager, but as his mom, (we) don't always agree on certain things. I love Sage ... It's my son. So I'm the pesky mom sometimes. That's my job," she said.
Along with the triumphs of recent years, Sage has experienced his share of disappointments. With the fun and excitement of being on camera comes the other cameras he never made it in front of.
Sage shrugs at the rejections. It's just part of the job.
"I was like, well, you can sit here and be nervous and not give it 100 percent... or you can go down with a fight. If you do bad, just do bad trying," Sage said.
His mom, his biggest fan, is always reminding Sage he has plenty of time to make it big in Hollywood.
"He doesn't want to be a kid actor. We (say) he's going to do normal as much as we can. He's still learning," Sage's mom said.
Sage is less patient, saying he's ready to head to Los Angeles any day now. But until mom says he's ready, he's racking up all the extra skills that could give him an advantage over other wide-eyed actors - like gymnastics, cheerleading, karate and singing lessons.
He's putting in the effort because he's known for years now that this is what he's going to do with his life.
"It's hard work, but also it's fun work. It's really all I want to do because I can't see myself doing a regular job when I grow up - going to an office and doing the same thing," he said. "With acting, it's always random and fun."