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'Control of your destiny': Growth in state film industry brings Oklahomans back from L.A.

For 17 years, Randy Wayne worked in Los Angeles, acting in hit television shows like "True Blood," "Sons & Daughters" and "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," and appearing in a slew of movies, from the faith-based film "To Save a Life" to the horror flick "The Haunting of Molly Hartley."

When he was offered a shot at joining the long-running horror franchise "Hellraiser" with a starring role in 2018's "Hellraiser: Judgment," the Moore native said he was puzzled to learn it was shooting in Oklahoma City.

"I remember thinking, 'Why?' But I got a taste of what's happening here. When I left L.A. six years ago, I stopped in Oklahoma City to put stuff in storage, and I was gonna move to Atlanta," Wayne recalled.

"But I booked a job in Italy, and then one in Kentucky and all over. And I was like, 'I don't have to live in Georgia. I can move here.' I started a production company because ... I saw an opportunity, and I convinced my girlfriend at that time to move to Oklahoma. And it's been a rocket ship, it's been wild, and I'm so happy. There's nothing cooler than shooting in Oklahoma."

As hundreds of people gathered in the second-floor rotunda March 25 for Oklahoma Film and Music Day at the state Capitol, many of them, like Wayne, were Oklahoma natives who have returned to the Sooner State in recent years to take advantage of opportunities to work in the entertainment industry that didn't exist when they left.

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