Issie Swickle is an R&B/Pop singer/songwriter/performing artist from Los Angeles whose latest single, “Mirror” was released in April. You may have seen her at one of her recent performances in Southern California and noticed she has a very developed and powerful voice for a 13-year-old.
What you might not know is that part of the reason is she had a successful 20 month tour with the National Broadway Musical sensation “Annie,” where she played the title character! All that stage singing has certainly paid off!
Here’s 5 fast facts about Issie!
She admits to certain challenges:
STAYING POSITIVE DURING TIMES OF REJECTION, BEING CONFIDENT IN WHO YOU ARE AND NOT BEING LIKE ANYONE ELSE.
She’s got a couple of favorites who she would love to portray her in a movie about her life:
JOEY KING OR MILLIE BOBBIE BROWN
A certain Disney movie inspires her a lot:
THE LITTLE MERMAID BECAUSE WHEN URSULA TRUES TO BEING HER DOWN, ARIEL BEATS HER AND WINS BY FINDING HER VOICE
One surprising fact:
THAT I WANT TO BE A DOCTOR OR VETERINARIAN
She’s got a thing for asian food, namely:
SUSHI AND PANDA EXPRESS
Can we get a selfie?
Was driving in the car and took this pic with a fun filter!!
Abby Donnelly of Just Add Magic fame is one of the stars of the Malibu Rescue movie which premiered a few weeks ago on Netflix. Its now been turned into an original series, also called Malibu Rescue which just released on Netflix June 3rd and features Ricardo Hurtado, Jackie R. Robinson, Alkoya Brunson and Breanne Yde!
Let’s find out more about her in this 5 Fast Facts about Abby Donnelly!
She’s got fond memories of playing Darbie.
My biggest project to date would have to be Just Add Magic! We filmed over 50 episodes and it was my first series regular on a television show! I played Darbie O’brien and it was so much fun to be able to grow up on the most amazing set for three years!
She nearly got a heat stroke in 30 degree weather.
Probably the strangest thing that’s happened to me on set was having to pretend it was 30 degrees outside when it was actually 108 degrees! We filmed a winter commercial on a very hot day so it was hard pretend to be cold when everyone on set was sweating!
Her new show is ready.
On June 3rd, Malibu Rescue: The Series comes out on Netflix! I am super excited for everyone to see the show because viewers get to know The Flounders even more!
She’s got a major thing for Gilmore Girls. Like MAJOR.
I’ve been rewatching Gilmore Girls since 7th grade! I finished the series in 7th grade, and since then I’ve watched the show at least eight times!
The one food she refuses to eat is _______________
Alex Warren (@alexwaaren) is an 18-year-old YouTuber (Youtube.com/alexwarren) from Carlsbad California who like many others started off by building a following on musical.ly/TikTok. He started from zero but now has 146k YouTube subs and 239k Instagram followers who love his content which features his friends and some edgy humor.
Here’s 5 Fast Facts about Alex!
He’s big on relationships.
I make videos with my childhood friends and over time just kept getting noticed by more and more people. My girlfriend moved here from Hawaii after a 6 month long distance relationship and we now live together and both make YouTube videos (@k0uvr). It’s cool that all my friends and girlfriend had like 0 followers and all built a following together because it’s all real relationships. I don’t need to worry about whether or not my friends are using me cause they have all been there from the start.
He’s got six tattoos.
I have like 6 tattoos and they all mean a lot to me with cool meanings.
He’s got one video he particularly likes.
My favorite video I have released at this moment is when I traveled to Hawaii to surprise my girlfriend. Its my favorite because I had never been on a plane and she had no idea I was coming!
He’s an insomniac.
Probably the most difficult part is getting sleep. I stay up most nights till 6am just editing so I’d have to say getting enough sleep [is the hardest part of being a YouTuber.]
He lost his papaat age 9 — but he inspires him to this day.
My dad was battling cancer my whole life and he passed away when I was 9 years old from kidney cancer. He would film everything our whole childhood up until his passing on his camcorder and I feel as if I’m living through him by making these videos. I feel like I’m connecting with him in a way (sorry to get all emotional with you) haha.
Georgia T. Willow (@georgiatwillow) is teen actress who has appeared on ABC’s drama For the People as well as Comedy Central’s Another Period and MTV’s Faking It. (and many more!) Her passion for acting allows her to work on projects that bring awareness to social injustices where she is able to build relationships with charitable foundations that help with the rehabilitation and rescuing of sex trafficking victims.
Here’s 5 Fast Facts about Georgia!
Sex trafficking awareness is important to her.
My “biggest” project to date has to be tied between the two sex trafficking awareness projects I worked on! Lost Girls: Angie’s story is a feature film, and Milkshake Girls is a short film, and they are both in post-production!! They were my most significant roles because they’ve meant the most to me and are not only amazing stories, but they both bring awareness to a very important issue in our society today!
She actually got fitted for dentures – but it’s not what you think.
The strangest thing to happen to me in this business so far has to be the time a played a vampire in a web series called “nosferajew.” The weirdest part was I had to be fitted for actual dentures that looked like fangs to put on top of my teeth!
I have three projects coming out soon!! I have a Lifetime movie coming out this summer entitled “The Missing Sister” in which I play the missing sister. I also have the short film “Milkshake GIrls” and the feature “Lost Girls: Angie’s Story” coming out soon!
She doesn’t drive — yet.
Something people are always pretty surprised to learn about me is that I am legally an adult and yet I don’t have my drivers license, however! That actually will change this summer as I’ll have to get myself to college one way lol!
She is not fond of allium cepas. Read below to find out what that is!
One food I refuse to eat is ONIONS!!!
Selfie Time! Pictured after a workout in the park and celebrating some great news for my boyfriend, Joshua Carlon!
You might recognize 17-year-old Ava Cantrell (@avacantrell) from her days as Penelope Pritchard on The Haunted Hathaways or as Teen Diana in the spooky Lights Out. What you might not know is she is also a dancer and has just released a graphic novel written by her and her dad called Amulet of Lilith Episode 1: Auschwitz! She is also set to appear as the lead in a new movie called Abigail.
Here’s 5 Fast Facts about Ava!
She is grateful for all her breaks.
All my projects were “big” in some way to me. Haunted Hathaways was my first “big break” working on Nickelodeon. Lights Out was my first big blockbuster movie. I’m really excited for what I feel will be my next “big break;” I will be starring as Abigail in a thriller called Abigail. It will be the first time I’ve ever had a leading title role carrying a film. It’s set in the 70’s and it reminds me of a teenage Bonnie and Clyde story.
Filming Lights Out was as spooky in real life for her as it was on screen.
I filmed on location for all my Lights Out scenes at an old abandoned hospital. It was super creepy. There was a mental ward with huge steel doors that I filmed in. The thought that it was once in use and wasn’t a set made it a pretty eerie experience.
She’s got one typical bad teenage habit – but not too bad.
Procrastinating. I’m not a huge procrastinator, but that’s something everyone can always work on. I’m trying to spend less time dreading things and jumping right into them instead. I like to carve out some time for work earlier in the day, so I can enjoy the evenings relaxing, catching up on shows, playing video games, and reading.
I’m a lot more sporty in real life than I may appear on my Instagram. In my off time I’m surfing, skateboarding, or boxing.
Jake Clark (@itsjakeclark) is a teen singer from Thousand Oaks, California who just started dropping tracks last year but has already built up a good following, including many members of young Hollywood with whom he maintains good friendships.
He’s shook with how much support his first song received.
My biggest project was releasing my very first single, “The Drive.” When I first released it I was not expecting the overwhelming amount of support that would come of it. I just thought it would be fun to release a song, but it opened so many doors for me. I remember waking up looking on Spotify seeing that it had over 100,000 streams and feeling so astonished and grateful. However, I have some huge things coming up soon, and I can not wait to share!!
He’s still not used to getting recognized on the street.
The strangest thing to happen to me in show biz so far is getting recognized. I guess it’s not really strange, but it’s just crazy to me. Never ever in 1,000 years did I think I would get recognized. I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty average kid who loves to sing. It’s so funny cause while looking on Instagram it can sometimes turn into a numbers game. But the fact that those numbers are real people is so inspiring to me. And I hope I can use my platform to make others happy, and show my followers it’s important to not take life too seriously.
He’s trying to up his game.
One habit I’m trying to break is disciplining myself to work super hard on my music. I’ve always loved music and done it for fun, but now that it is turning into a career, I need to realize that it’s not only a passion, but a job. But you know what they say, do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. And for that reason, I’m so grateful.
He’s got a very unusual skill.
One thing people are surprised to hear about me is I can pogo stick and jump rope at the same time 😉
No Dodger Dogs for him.
One food I refuse to eat is HOT DOGS. *insert throw up emoji*
Can we get a selfie of whatever you are up to at the moment?
Here is a photo of me RN on my RV on a camping trip!!
Teen actress Simone Miller stars as Raign Westbrook in the brand new digital original series Detention Adventure on CBC, about a crew of sixth graders who purposely get themselves thrown into detention after discovering the entrance to a labyrinth of tunnels, laden with traps and riddles, protecting a long lost secret.
Simone is also set to star in the biopic, The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel which traces the group’s story, from their humble beginnings to becoming the highest selling female gospel group in history. Simone plays Young Dorinda in the film which is produced by Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott.
Here’s 5 Fast Facts about Simone!
Her character wants to get in trouble.
Detention Adventure is about a group of kids who purposefully get themselves thrown into detention with hopes of finding underground tunnels that supposedly lead to Alexander Graham’s Hidden lab. I play Raign Westbrook who is the leader of the group and is determined to be the first to discover the lab, so she can show her family that even though they all have very different interests she can still make them proud.
She recommends the show for families.
I think people are going to want to watch Detention Adventure because it has a little something for everyone. It is a great show to watch with your family, it is funny, interesting and full of surprises!
If you don’t pull your weight around her, watch out.
My biggest pet peeve is when people don’t participate in group projects and I am left doing all of the work!
She used to flip out – literally.
I competed in gymnastics for about a year but I had to quit due to ankle and knee injuries.
Alexa Curtis (@Alexa_Curtis) is the CEO of Life Unfiltered with Alexa – a lifestyle platform geared towards teens and young adults covering topics such as social media and mental health. The brand evolved from a fashion blog she started at age 12 as an outlet to deal with the bullying she was experiencing in middle school, and has grown ever since.
She’s riding a recent wave of success – focused on helping others be fearless.
When I landed my show Fearless Everyday on Radio Disney and hosted my first few interviews, I felt like I was riding this crazy wave. Going from running your own “show” for so long to now having all these eyes on you was a really unique feeling. I also hosted a summit called the Be Fearless Summit at Drexel University in March, which was something I’ve never done before and walked away from feeling so successful.
Her tip to handle anxiety: a steady routine.
I meditate every morning with Headspace. I’ve become so accustomed to my routine of waking up, making my favorite Keurig coffee, going to the gym and meditating and sticking to that routine as much as I can has truly helped me handle my anxiety.
There might be a TV show based on her life in her future.
I’m working on the next Be Fearless Summit, hopefully this Fall, as well as pitching a TV show that was developed based on my life.
Despite a high-profile life, she can be a little shy.
I never get anxiety going on TV shows anymore, but sometimes I have so much trouble talking to people in person if I feel uncomfortable or like I don’t know someone super well! It’s weird because you’d expect the opposite!
Taylor Hatala is a 15-year-old dancer who’s big break came when she was 11 years old, when a dance video featuring her and Matt Steffanina dancing to a Taylor Swift track went viral and landed her on the Ellen DeGeneres show! Following this, she was selected to dance with Janet Jackson on her world tour at just 12 years old and toured with Janet until age 14.
Taylor has worked with several artists such as Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Ciara, Missy Elliot and Serena Williams. She has also appeared Fuller House, Fresh off the Boat and School of Rock. Taylor now choreographs and has had the opportunity to teach across Canada, US and internationally.
Here’s 5 Fast Facts about Taylor!
She’s got some collabs coming up.
I’m working on some dance video collaborations! Watch out for these on social media shortly! I also have a few upcoming international teaching dates in Brazil, New Zealand and China!
She wants Instagram to up their filter game.
I love Instagram, but snapchat is beating them with their filters right now. INSTAGRAM PLEASE GET NEW AND MORE FILTERS! I would love this, I would definitely take all my selfies on Instagram.
She spaced out in front of a ton of people — but survived.
I was 10 years old and I had the opportunity to perform at a Globetrotters game, here in my home town, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I was performing a jazz duet with my partner, and in the middle of the routine, we both forgot the choreography at the exact same time! Thank goodness we can laugh about it today, but man was it embarrassing at the time.
She’s probably immune to your jiu-jitsu moves.
One thing people don’t know about me is that I am double-jointed in my shoulders! I would LOVE to try to take up Breaking. My sister and I can stretch our arms and shoulders in really weird ways and kind of make illusions with it.
There is one thing she secretly craves more than anything.
GREEN TEA FRAPPES FROM STARBUCKS! I could have one every single day, and still not get sick of them. They are the perfect amount of sweetness.