‘THERE WILL BE TIME’: Local teen overcomes heart attacks, stars in film

Published: Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 09:33 AM.

The next day, doctors scanned Byrd's chest again. They found no sign of the mass they had seen just 24 hours earlier.

"(The doctors) were like, 'What in the world is going on with your body? This is weird,' " Byrd said. "I said, 'No, it's God. It's all God. He is working.' "

With a monitor recording every heart beat, Byrd went back to school with a reorganized priority list for life. Then, in May, Byrd got a major opportunity. His friend Brittany Wilharm, the daughter of writer/director Sharon Wilharm, offered Byrd a chance to star in her mother's latest feature film, "The Good Book." Byrd, who has performed in musical theater productions since grade school, quickly said yes.

Byrd, along with the rest of the cast and crew, filmed two scenes of "The Good Book" Aug. 2 and 3 in Destin. The film is an ambitious effort. A story of seven strangers and a single copy of the Bible that affects all of their lives, "The Good Book" will be a silent film and contain no dialogue whatsoever. Byrd plays one of the seven strangers. 

"It was nothing like I thought it would be. We did several, several retakes of the scenes," Byrd said. "It was a great experience, though. There were a lot of people there. I met a lot of good people."

Since getting the role in "The Good Book," Byrd has received more acting offers through his talent agency, Rare Quality Models and Talent in Dothan, Ala. Byrd said he can't talk about any of the projects explicitly yet.

Not only has the movie helped Byrd find more work, but it's also made him a bit of a local celebrity. Recently, he was at a local gas station and someone approached him and asked for his autograph.

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