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North Carroll graduate White keeps appearing on stage, small screen

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White (Carroll County Times)

Lauren White keeps popping up on stage, TV and online.

White, a North Carroll and McDaniel College graduate, has appeared in an episode of "Parks and Rec," sold toys on cable shopping giant QVC and starred in commercials for Jones Toyota.

She still calls Maryland home. Despite not living in entertainment meccas Los Angeles and New York, White has managed to keep busy with wide-ranged roles as an actress, spokesperson and event hostess.

White will serve as the emcee for RAWards Semifinals Show at 7 p.m. Thursday at Luckies Tavern in Baltimore. The RAWards is held annually by RAW, an independent arts organization that spotlights local talent in fashion, film, music, design, visual art, hair design, make-up artistry and performance art.

White discussed with the Times some of her "Parks and Rec" experience performing as Lacey, the upcoming RAWards and how she lands roles.

Q: So tell us about the RAWards and what they are?

A: The RAWards help people in the independent arts community gain exposure for whatever their genre is as well as meet like-minded people. It gives them a boost for their career and gives them an avenue they haven't had before.

Q: Do you find it's difficult to be an emcee, where your job is to keep crowds energized?

A: I think you're either made for it or you're not. It's definitely an interesting experience. I think the unique part about doing it live is you never know what is going to happen and you have to be prepared for anything to happen. You do have to think on your feet and you have to be engaging and pleasant.

Q: How did you land your role on "Parks and Rec" since that's obviously a show mostly filmed in Los Angeles?

A: Well, Amy Poehler's character is dating Adam Scott's character Ben. At the end of last season, [Ben] took a job working for a congressman in D.C. So most of the stuff they shoot can be shot in a sound stage, but I think for authenticity, they wanted to shoot some scenes in D.C. They ended up bringing the show in D.C. They went through [Baltimore-based] Pat Moran Casting, and I was fortunate enough that they liked me enough to call me in for a character.

Q: Have you given any thought to moving to Los Angeles or New York?

A: You know, I absolutely love the mid-Atlantic. ...But I'd be lying if I said I didn't debate it heavily.

Q: So what's it like being on the set of a NBC sitcom?

A: You know, it's funny. It's not as glamorous as you would think. Amy Poehler had to be on set at 5 a.m. That's not glamorous for anybody. Regardless of the circumstance, you have to be on and you have to do your job. In that respect, it's like any other industry.

Q: What was it like behind the scenes?

A: When I was on "Parks and Rec," the director and producer kept coming over and changing my lines and adding lines and every single take it was mostly the same stuff, but I had to say something different.

Q: That's interesting that they change lines on the fly like that.

A: I don't know if that's the norm or not. I have very limited experience on Hollywood sets. It could be a totally different world out there.

Q: Did being part of such a popular comedy embolden you to want to land more roles?

A: Absolutely. I'm ready to [act] every single day.

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