Did you attend the Prom?
I did not attend my own high schools prom because at the time I was shooting “All That”. Though I was blessed enough to attend a friends prom and a friends home coming. The prom I attended was in my mothers hometown in Coatesville, PA. I got to ride in a parade. It went through out the town and ended up at the entrance of the school where the prom was. It was a great honor to go to a prom and a home coming I felt like I lived through my friends a bit but with out them I would have never known what it would have felt like to go to such a grand event. Having such great friends that were understanding and allowed me to share their prom/homecoming made the fact that I didn’t go to my own prom not that big deal at all. Though I do wish I would have attended my own prom but my career was so vital to me and the memories that I had shooting All That made up for it all.
What did you learn at Professional Performing Arts High School that prepared you for your career today?
PPAS was a school for artists and working actors. It use to be the old fame school. Based off the TV show and movie FAME. I majored in musical theater. What I learned from this school is to be yourself, love yourself inside and out and most of all conquer your dreams and follow your passions. This school allowed me to attend a regular high school while traveling and pursuing my career as a teenager. They had a great program that allowed me to be tutored while on the road. Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Claire Danes are just a few that attended my school as well.
What are you working on these days?
“All That” is currently airing because 2 million fans petitioned to get it back on the air, I have been doing reunions and convention work with some of my fellow co stars from “All That”. Katrina Johnson whom was on “All That” with me just finished shooting a new TV sitcom with me called “Grow Up Already”. I am a producer and a series regular on the show. We hope for the show to air sometime next year. Katrina and I are also working on a project together that is something fresh and exciting, that is planned to come out next year (as well). I am so excited to also be publishing my first children’s book, in honor of my mother. It is about a traveling animal. I will also be releasing my first song on I tunes called “Change”. I sang and wrote the chorus. I am working on a film that I am producing and starring in, as well. My plate is full, but I am so excited about all these great projects. I cant wait to share them with the world. 2013 is going to be a great year.
What would your advice be for the Class of 2013?
To embrace this new transition with confidence and strength. To know that we can do anything we want as long as we put forth the effort and put our minds to it. That actions speak louder then words. To treat others as they wish to be treated. To try and help at least one person a day or smile to someone that looks like they are having a bad day. Their generation is the new generation and its up to us to set forth the example and its up to them to learn from it and grow and spread the word. Believe in yourself. We can make a difference just take one day at a time and continue to put one foot in front of the other and don’t let anyone stop you of your dreams and goals. The sky is the limit reach for the stars and don’t look back. Go forward not backwards.
Tell us about some of your favorite hobbies, pastimes or charitable organizations you’re involved with.
I love doing charity work. I have worked with The Cancer Society where I was a spokesman for them since my mother had cancer. I also have worked with The United Nations, Hope for Firefighters, Make a Wish, Peace Beads, just to name a few. I love to dance, hike, sing and bowl. I have bowled in a few leagues. I also love anything that has to do with the water. I use to have a boat racing team with Super Boat International where I raced a 32 foot fountain mercury. Where I was sponsored by Dollhouse Footwear. I love to travel and spend time with my family and friends. I am a big animal lover. My cat Bootsy is my favorite she and I love to cuddle and relax while reading a good book.
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