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– by Gig Patta

Rising star Rhyon Nicole Brown is choosing projects that are meaningful.

Brown is the lead in the very discussed short film Unseen, a fictional look into human trafficking.

The short film is a conversation starter due to its realistic nature on child trafficking and fake social media accounts and modeling contests that promise fame and fortune to teenagers. The story was based on a true story of a girl from Utah who was abducted and trafficked for five years before she escaped and returned to her family.

Here’s the synopsis:

Inspired by true events in Utah, Unseen is about a teenage girl’s innocent social media mistake. Carly, 17, like most teenagers, want to have her own money, be seen at parties, get out of her small town and find something better, even become famous. Carly’s way out of her current situation comes in the form of a social media avert that she sees on her phone. An agency looking for models and offering them a prize of $1,000. Due to some everyday white lies, Carly puts herself in an unsafe position. Carly’s lies lead to her being unseen, never to be seen again. The next day when family and friends realize that no-one knows Carly’s whereabouts, it’s too late. This is “fame lure” and can happen to any child, anywhere at any time.

The film also stars Isabella Blake-Thomas (Secret Society of Second Born Royals, Once Upon A Time), Yolanda Wood (High School Musical 3: Senior Year), Hilary Barraford (Life Like) and Rebecca Da Costa (The Bag Man, Wild Oats). It is written and directed by Elizabeth Blake-Thomas (Maybe I’m Fine).

LRM Online sat down with Rhyon Nicole Brown after its one-week Academy Qualifying theatrical run in Hollywood.

Rhyon Nicole Brown is currently in Fox’s drama series Empire as Maya. She has appeared in films like Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge and Michel’le and Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and television series like Lincoln Heights, and Tyler Perry’s For Better for Worse.

She is also an accomplished music performer, in which she writes, records and performs her own music.

Watch her interview above.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.