Erin Reese is a Singer/Songwriter and Actress from Florida. Reese is most known for her role as Bess in hit Brat TV series “Chicken Girls”.

Frudy.com had a chance to interview Erin Reese. Read on to find out the inspiration behind her new single and how she got cast on “Chicken Girls”.

Photo Credit: Jackson Young

How did you get your start in the entertainment industry?

I started modeling at age 5, which lead to dance and acting lessons. Things just progressed naturally.

What was the first ever acting role that you ever booked?

I was 1 of 13 kids selected to be in the Dolly Parton’s NBC/TV movie Coat of Many colors and the sequel Christmas of Many Colors.

What was the casting process like for “Chicken Girls”?

Simple I guess, I owe it all to Billy LeBlanc we met at an event and he introduced me to the Brat executives. They were forming a story line for a rival dance group called “Power Surge.” Fans really liked it and the story line carried into four seasons and Chicken Girls The Movie.

What was your favorite part about filming the show?

I really enjoyed working with my friends, it didn’t seem like work at all. It truly was a great experience that I’m thankful for.

What inspired your new single “Church”?

My music tends to be Country/Pop but I am slowly merging into Christian music. I had an experience with someone who I thought was a close friend and things didn’t end well. We all question ourselves and sometimes fight the feelings of hate. My song “CHURCH” is about leaning on God to show you how to love the way he loves, leaning on him to let go and put it in his hands. The song is extra special to me and I hope in inspires listeners.

What was it like to film the music video?

My videography team is AMAZING! Austin, Leo and Jackson have become the brothers I always wanted but never had. They took my vision and made it come to life using my church Pastors Travis & Jenni O’Neal and my good friends supported me as the choir. Filming at my church Christ Fellowship was important to me, its my 2nd home.

What’s your favorite part about coming up with ideas for songs?

I love brainstorming with my writer/producing team. We talk about what is going on in life and just hit around ideas that we feel would inspire listeners and provide a good message.

Any advice you’d give to a teen your age who wants to be in this business?

It is a lot of work. There will be days you feel like giving up but if its important to you and your passionate you need to get back up and keep going.

Bryson Robinson plays Chris in Brat TV’s hit series Mani.

Our editorial team had a chance to interview Bryson about how got cast in Mani, what set life what was like and more!

How did you get your start in acting?

I started acting when I was 4 years old. I loved to make people laugh and to make people happy. I took every opportunity to perform.

What was the first ever role that you booked and what was it like filming it for the first time?

My first role I booked was a commercial for Party City. It was so cool being on set for the first time. I got to make friends and have fun filming. I was hooked from then on. I loved all the attention.

What was the casting process for Mani like?

Chris is really a big part of my life. I totally identified with him as soon as I read the script for the first time. I was so excited to film when I found out I booked it!

Tell us about how you developed your character on Mani?

I have really grown up with my character Chris over the last 6 seasons. Chris started out being a bit mischievous and sneaky in the first couple seasons but developed into being a great friend with a lot of physical comedy moments.

What’s a typical day on set like?

A typical day on set is normally show up at call time and receive the sides for the day. Report to the set teacher then to hair and makeup and wardrobe. We start on set school then rehearsal blocking of the first scene we are filming for the day. Then more set school and filming. We break for lunch and get to hang out with our friends. Then back to school and work after lunch.

Which cast members do you hang out most with after filming?

We are all friends. After filming, we have hung out at Universal Studios, Sugar Factory, AMC and we all group chat.

Any advice you’d give to a teen your age interested in getting into acting?

Train hard and always keep learning. It may take a while to book your first job, but when you do it will be so rewarding. Be awesome, be you!!

Reese Warren is an Actress and Singer.

Favorites: 

Song: You Need To Calm Down: Taylor Swift

Artist: Taylor Swift & Justin Bieber

Book: Manga

Film: A Silent Voice

TV Show: Anime

How did you get your start in acting?

I started acting when I was 5 years old with my performing arts studio.

What was the casting process like for Ace & The Christmas Miracle (Coming Fall 2021)?

The casting process was a little different with Ace.  The film was shooting near where I live and I had a few friends in the film. One of the parents of those friends called my mom and let her know they needed my part. I spoke with some people over the phone and was cast for the part.  I met the rest of the cast and production team when I came to set to work.

What was a typical day on set like?

For Ace, it was fun! Typically a day on any set is fun. We check in, usually eat some breakfast and then get into wardrobe, hair and makeup.  Once everything is ready, I go on set with my set teacher and we shoot the scene. Usually there are several different takes of the same scene with different angles and stuff so the director can get what he/she needs.

How did you prepare for the role?

I prepare for a role by memorizing my lines and then reading the character’s traits so that I can then start to go over my lines how I believe the character would respond. I write down a lot of notes and become very aware of what is happening in each scene, even ones I am not in, so I can be sure my character reacts correctly in my scenes.

Tell us more about your music. What inspired you to start singing and releasing music?

My music is mostly about family, friends and what it’s like to be someone my age in the world today.  I like my music to have a positive message.  I love to sing and have wanted to be a professional performer since I was 6 years old. Releasing music is the next step in my journey.

What’s your new song about?

My new song, Good Life, is a celebration of the first day of summer with one’s friends and family. It’s a summer anthem song about having fun and enjoying life.  After being quarantined for almost a year, a lot of us are really looking forward to hanging out with friends and enjoying being together outside in the summer sun.

Any advice you’d give to another Actor/Singer your age?

My best advice is to not give up. Also, you have to practice.  One may be naturally talented, but if one does not put the work in, that talent is not going to be at its full potential. Work hard, be prepared, don’t be late and treat everyone with respect. 

Maya Jai is an Actress, Writer and Director who recently scored three Young Artist Awards Nominations for her short film “I’m Ready”. Maya was nominated in the Outstanding Producer and Writer Categories and additionally received a nomination in the Short Film Role Teen Actress Category.

Favorites

Song: Until the End of Time by Justin Timberlake ft Beyonce

Artist: Jhene Aiko or Brent Faiyaz

Book: My Two Bestfriends are Hamsters

TV Show: Grown-ish

Movie: Divergent

Congrats on your Young Artist Awards Nominations


After receiving notification that I was a nominee for the 42nd Annual Young Artists Academy Awards, I was ecstatic and surprised to learn that someone thought highly of my talents to nominate me in 3 categories (Outstanding Producer, Outstanding Writer, & Short Film Role Teen Actress). I am very proud of myself and very grateful for this notable recognition.  When I started the journey of writing I’m Ready, I never thought beyond the message of helping others. To be acknowledged for my writing, acting and work behind the scenes is very humbling especially since I had no idea the film would garner such a prestige’s honor.

How did you first know that you wanted to become an actress? 

I first realized I wanted to pursue acting when I earned my first speaking role in 2017. Before that, I participated in a few plays, and I played an extra in a couple of films, but being able to showcase my talent in a film vocally inspired me to become an actress.

What was the first role you ever booked? 

The first role I ever booked was the role of Kate Williams in a short film called Believe. I was the best friend of the main character, who also helped him interact with Aliens.

Your film recently has been on a film festival circuit. What’s it like to go to the various film festivals? 

It’s super exciting. I received my first award at the I’m Ready movie premiere, and I was ecstatic. Watching your vision come to life is a sublime feeling, but also, being recognized for your work is awesome. Most awards were sent via mail or email due to COVID-19. I attended my first in-person film festival in March at the Garden State Film Festival, where I received “Best Student Short Film of 2021”. I was honored to receive such a high award.


What inspired you to make “I’m Ready”?

I wrote I’m Ready to promote open communication and honesty amongst teens and adults. I know some kids aren’t comfortable approaching their parents with certain topics, and some parents don’t know how to talk to their kids about some things. I’m Ready will serve as a bridge to get parents and teens comfortable talking to each other, especially about the topic of dating.

What was it like filming “I’m Ready”? What camera did you use?

Filming I’m Ready was an exciting and educating experience. Prior to filming I’m Ready, I’ve only acted on camera and written a book. Writing, directing, producing, and acting in I’m Ready allowed me to see life behind the camera. Since then, I’ve learned that I love directing and would like to direct more projects! 

Any advice to other young filmmaker?

Films start with a vision or an idea. You are the one who has to make it a reality, something tangible. The best way to do this is by being organized, persistent and seeing your art through.

Paris Newton is most known for her role playing Franny Gallagher on Showtime’s hit tv series “Shameless”.

Favorites:

Song: Speechless from the new Disney Aladdin Movie 
Artist: Miley Cyrus
Movie: Jurassic Park because it has my TV grandpa William H Macy in it!
TV Show: Puppy Dog Pals! My brother plays Rolly on the show and I love watching him!! 

What inspired you to become an Actress?

My brother was an actor first and so I would always watch him on TV or modeling for Disney store and I wanted to do it too! When I was 3, I started trying to go into my brothers auditions with him so I could try to audition too. I begged my parents to let me try acting too! They finally let me try, and my second audition was for Franny Gallagher on Shameless and I booked the job! 

How did you get discovered in Hollywood?

Since my big brother was already in acting and had an agent, I just had to go in and audition with his agent to get started. Luckily, I did good in the audition and they picked me up too!

What was the casting process like for Shameless?

They found me off my headshot that was online and asked me to come in. When I got there, they brought me on set and showed me around and then gave me things to say and do and I did it! After that , they gave me three longer scenes to memorize and perform for a producer session! I must have done good because after that they booked me for the role of Franny Gallagher!

What’s a typical day on set like? 

Being on set is SO much fun! We normally start super early with 6am call times! First you have to COVID test, then once you are done with that you can go to your dressing room or crafty ( my favorite place to get snacks!) After that wardrobe brings me my clothes for the day and hair comes into my dressing room and they turn me into Franny! They actually have to temporarily dye my hair red every day I am on set because I’m really a blonde and Franny is a red head! After that we go into rehearsal and start filming for the day and I get to play with my TV family-which is the best part of the day!

What’s your favorite episode/scene from the show?

I think my favorite episode is season 11 episode 3 where Frank and Franny bond and I got to do so many one on one scenes with William H Macy! If you haven’t seen it yet, please go watch it!

What is it like working with so many high profile talent on Shameless?

It’s great! They are so nice and caring to me on set, they have really turned into family for me.

Favorites: 

Song: To sad to cry by: Sasha Sloan

Artist: Billie Eilish

Book: After 

Movie: Life in a year 

TV Show: Vampire Diaries

How did you get your start in the entertainment industry?

I started modeling at 5 but didn’t really start taking off until I was 11 When I  became an Influencer.  

What was the first ever job that you booked?

A national voiceover commercial.

How did you meet Gavin Magnus?

I met Gavin when I  was asked to come to LA and meet Goatfam to see if it was a right fit for me to join which obviously it has been!

What was the casting process like for joining GoatFamLA?

I actually got DMed by the owner and at the time their PR. They asked if I  could jump on a call to discuss if this might be something that we could potentially be interested in. I  had already been in the process of meeting with my Producer Drew Lane at the time, So everything just kind of fell together. Then My family decided it was the time after a few months to make the move. 

What’s it like filming videos with the GoatFamLA?

Crazy lol, But a ton of fun. Things can get a little chaotic at times, But it is so much fun making content for you guys! I  love it.

Tell us about your new song. What was the inspiration behind it?

My new song is called “Pointless” I  am absolutely in love with it! The inspiration is that I  wanted something heartbreaking but relatable. And to me this is the perfect mixture of both those things!

How did you come up with the creative for the music video for “Dark Holiday”?

For My “Dark Holiday” Christmas original? Well I felt like not everyone’s Holiday season is perfect. I  wanted to show that there are alot of people who are alone and sad for holidays and BH Studios Helped bring that to light. I honestly couldn’t do any of this without the amazing team that I have, always pulling everything for me together.

Any advice you’d give to somebody who wants to become a Model/Influencer?

Be tough and have a thick skin. Let what others think of you roll off! Remember why you are here and what you are doing. And set goals that are realistic, You want to be able to feel accomplished at the end of the day.

Any exciting projects coming up that you’d like to share with us?

Well a few things that I  can’t just yet talk about. But obviously my new song “Pointless” Coming out on all major music platforms soon!!!

Favorites:

Artist:  Bruno Mars
Song: The less I know the better – Tame Impala
Book: The Bazaar of bad dreams – Stephen King
Film: Scott Pilgrim vs The World 
TV Show: The Seven deadly sins

How did you get started in Hollywood?

I got started in Hollywood from a dance class that I took in Hollywood from a big choreographer and after that I took more classes there, worked hard to train and get better, and once I was experienced with the industry, I got an agent and i had a lot of auditions coming in and most if them were for big artist like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and John Cena.

What was the first ever dance video that you

My first dance video I was ever in was shown on TMZ, and i got featured on there with a couple of others dancers from Abby Lee Dance Company in LA.

Where did you train for dance and what classes did you take?

I first started training at a dance studio in Santa Clarita  called “L.Y.T.E dance studio” and I got a lot of training there, I was 7yrs old. Then when I saw about another dance company called “Immabeast” I auditioned and got the opportunity to train which helped me grow a lot as a dancer, and now I train with Futurepop with our choreographer at our studio.

How did you get the nickname “Matrix”?

When I was little I saw the Matrix movie, and when that scene came on when Neo bent down backwards, I tried that and I went all the way to the floor and people started calling me Matrix on my dance crew at LYTE, so I used that as my nickname cause it fit in with my name and it sounds really cool, and I also used that move on stage for a competition and I got 1st place.

How did your singing group come together?

We got the audition about a year and a half ago and we met when we were auditioning and we got along really well and when we came together we formed an even closer bond and we formed together as Futurepop. We are like family, all of us. We made 2 albums, but only released 1 so far due to Covid, we dance, and do Tik Tok videos. We’ve probably made about 700 videos this year I was told between all of us.

What’s your most favorite song that you’ve ever recorded?

My favorite recorded song has to be intentions by Justin Bieber which didn’t come out yet but we are planning on getting it out there because it was so fun to record and it was the first song that had a rapping part in it and i killed it in there, just sayin

Does the group have any new music releases planned for 2021?

We have a couple more covers that we did that hasn’t been released yet and will be soon and we are also planning to have a few original songs as well so stay tuned for that. 2021 is gonna be the year. 

Favorites

Song: High Hopes by Panic! At The Disco

Artist: Lauv, 24kGoldn and The Jonas Brothers

Book: Shadow by Michael Morpurgo

Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean movies – but more recently Silver Linings Playbook.

TV Show: Suits on Netflix or Dickinson’s on Apple TV.

How did you get started in acting?

I’ve been acting for as long as I can remember, I had acting lessons at school (Kirkham Grammar School) from around five years old, as I got older I attended stage school and used to perform plays in the holidays to family and close friends and later joined Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts, which was my local theatre school at the time. During my last year at school it got a little bit more serious or at least I allowed myself to commit to acting as a profession and career which I would do for the rest of my life.

What was the first ever role you booked?

My first role came in my last year of school when I landed a role in ‘Milked’ written by Simon Longman at The Arts Theatre West End in London’s West End. After that I then played the role of the ‘The Mind’ in the acclaimed theatrical production of ‘Borderline Electra’ in Manchester directed by Stevie Helps, which was transferred to the Footlights Theatre, after a sellout run at The Lowry theatre. I played the character of The Mind, who could be described as the showman of the play. I conveyed the thoughts, feelings and emotions of the different characters throughout, especially the lead character Rachel’s with her mixed emotions and borderline personality disorder. It was very physical and abstract and if mental health was a voice and body it would look like my character. It was so exciting as an actor to get the chance to play a role so unusual and surreal yet so clear and definite. The production was a success and it was my first chance to be on stage in a professional environment knowing this is what I want to do and I became firm friends with Stevie Helps the director and still very much talk and keep in touch with the cast! I signed with my agent after the production wrapped and booked Where’s Wally five weeks later which was in December 2019!

How did you audition for your VO role on Where’s Wally?

It was actually the first VO audition I had, I didn’t quite know what to expect. I had a call from my agent last December inviting me to the audition in London that same day and it was only when I got to the studio a few hours later that I was told what it was I was auditioning for. I thought the audition went really well and I remember coming out and telling someone on the London Underground that I just came out of the best audition ever and being proud that I couldn’t have done anymore than I did and really gave it my best shot. I got the call from my agent the next day letting me know the good news that I’d booked the role and I was just amazed and incredulous and subsequently started recording sessions in January!

What was your typical day like making the show?

I usually head to London, arrive at the recording studio and do around 4/5 hours of recordings each day – I usually record each line a couple of different ways. As a bit of a laugh my family bought me a Where’s Wally striped shirt, hat and glasses for Christmas so I thought it would be fun and also help me get into character if I took those to my first recording session. It definitely produced a few laughs and broke the ice with the recording crew!

How did you come up with the voice for Wally?

Where’s Wally is the British version of the show ‘Where’s Waldo’ for NBCUniversal / Peacock in the US so when casting they very much wanted authentic British accents. In the audition I tried my natural voice but just very much in a high register and it worked. At times the script is fast paced with some tongue-twister lines and crazy long names for the contraptions that Wally whips up to solve problems; they can certainly be a challenge! He’s definitely a fun, intelligent, fast thinking problem solver who always has a positive, happy, ‘anything is possible’ attitude and I definitely wanted to reflect this in his voice.

What are you working on now?

I’m actually still recording Season 2 of Where’s Wally while taking classes at Cynthia Bain’s Young Actor Studio!

Any upcoming projects you’d like to share about?

Yes! I have recently been cast as one of the leading voices in the new Netflix Original / DreamWorks Animation produced series ‘Go, Dog. Go!’ which will premiere soon on Netflix. The series is based on the children’s book ‘Go, Dog. Go!’ written by P.D Eastman and edited by Dr. Suess. The show follows a group of young pups and their adventures in Pawston.

Song: Mr. Brightside

Artist: The White Stripes

Book: The Cruel Prince Series l

Movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

TV Show: The Queens Gambit and it was phenomenal!

How did you get started in acting?

When I was a little girl, I was a competitive dancer, and my absolute favorite part about it was performing. I was very expressive on stage and liked to story tell in my routines. Apparently, I also had the “it factor”. My parents saw this and thought that acting would be a good fit for me.

What was the first role you ever booked?

I booked two projects at the same time! One was a short called Pals, and the other was a Dell commercial. The Pals short was such a great first role. I played an Android and had to have a full-body casting for the prosthetics. The Dell commercial was such an adventure, we were filming driving around in the desert in an RV. Austin North played my brother, and it was his first job as well. It’s been so cool watching him in Outer Banks on Netflix, he keeps doing great things!

What was the audition process like for LIGHTS OUT?

The audition process was very quick for Lights Out! I actually got the audition the day of and had to rush up to LA. I met with my coach and manager Sharon Lane and she didn’t like the boots and the shirt I was wearing for the audition because she said I needed to have more comfortable clothes to move around in. She gave me one of her shirts and a pair of flip flops three sizes too big and I went to the audition. Sure enough, she was right and I was crawling all over the floor very creature-like in the casting office. I booked it off that first audition. I think what got me the role was my willingness to go out of my comfort zone and act so crazy.

What was set life like on LIGHTS OUT?

The set of Lights Out was awesome. We filmed on location at an old, abandoned hospital. The creepiness was off the charts. We wandered around the whole hospital to find the creepiest places and ended up in a very outdated mental ward. I had hours’ worth of FX makeup on to make me look extra creepy. Filming Lights Out was almost as scary as watching the actual movie. They picked the perfect environment to film my scenes.

Tell us about the time when you worked on YOUNG SHELDON. What was it like working on the hit sitcom?

Reoccurring on Young Sheldon as Molly was a surreal experience! We filmed on the Warner Bros lot, which was a very memorable experience. The history and the size of that lot always amazes me. The best part was I got to work alongside Jason Alexander, Seinfeld, and comedy legend! He plays the drama teacher, and I am his star student, so when they brought back his storyline I got to come back as well. He was so interesting to talk to about karate and acting! Being on the most-watched sitcom on TV is pretty cool to get to add to my resume!

What inspired you to launch your own eye glasses line Zoome?

So much has transferred online now because of quarantine, from my college classes to EcoCast auditions. I’ve also spent a lot of time binging shows and on my electronics. With all of this screen time, I was getting lots of eyestrain, headaches, and my sleep schedule was messed up. I researched this and found that blue-light was to blame, and blue-light blocking glasses were the solution. Instead of buying a pair, I got the idea of starting a business selling them. Then ZOOMe was born! Both of my parents are my partners and we all put in our expertise and skill into the business.

How do you come up with all of the different design ideas?

My mom has a fashion degree, so this is where her expertise comes in. She has a knack for finding the most stylish frames. She also can find something trendy or classic for anyone; kids, teens, adults, readers, you name it. There is no one I trust more than my mom when it comes to fashion!

Any advice you’d give to somebody who wants to get into acting or start their own business?

Get ready for rejection in acting, and trial and error when starting a business. You need to know these are part of the learning process. Don’t get discouraged as soon as you hit your first roadblock. Just keep pushing through and you will see the rewards of your hard work! My job is 95% rejection, and I don’t see it as a bad thing anymore. Auditioning is part of your job, and likely what you will spend the most time doing so it’s important to learn to accept and enjoy the process.

Is there a favorite acting program and/or coach you’d like to recommend other actors should go to/work with?

Of course, I think my manager is the best, but she only works with her clients (feeling lucky!). I would highly recommend Kimberly Crandall. She is also a part of ActorsSite.com. I’m really excited to be working with her on Mission 22, she has so much talent and insight.

Any exciting projects you’d like to announce that are coming up?

I’m thrilled to be working on My Fathers Joy next year where I play the main character, she will be a fun challenge to play. It’s back to my horror roots and a thriller for the first time since Lights Out. It’s also a twisted love story. I seriously can’t wait! Sent from my iPhone

Favorites:

Artist: Ariana Grande

Movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas

What made you want to get into acting?

I always loved pretending to be other characters. I would watch Disney and Nickelodeon shows and I just knew I could do that. I was really lucky that my grandma and mom agreed to let me try, and I was able to get a manager and agent.

How did you get your first agent and manager?

I signed with my manager first, someone recommended them to us, and I went to their office to meet them, they were so nice and had the coolest dogs, I fell in love, and they liked me too, so they signed me. My manager set up a meeting with the agent, I went in and they asked me a bunch of questions and we talked for maybe a half an hour, and then they called us a couple of days later and said they wanted to work with me.

What was your first ever job?

My first job I ever booked was a Tamiflu commercial, then a week later I booked a Pepperidge Farm commercial.

How is your work day different on a VO job vs a traditional acting job?

A traditional acting job is usually in the studio or on location. I am there about 9 hours, I do 3 hours of school with a set teacher, and get a break for lunch. I love getting to pretend to be someone else, getting to be really dramatic, or just being different from the real me. It is my favorite thing to do! Voice over work is great too, I am usually in the recording studio just a couple of hours, and I love the people I am on the show with. On one of the shows I work on all of the characters go in the booth together and record, it’s really cool.

What was the casting process like for T.O.T.S?

My first audition for T.O.T.S. was at the Disney studios, such a cool place to visit. Then I went back for a callback. I booked the role of Octavia the Octopus first, then then hired me to be Mia!

What’s it like working with Vanessa Williams on the show?

I love Vanessa Williams, and it is exciting to play her daughter on T.O.T.S., but we never get to record at the same time! I love that her character is a pelican and she is Mia’s (the kitty) mom, they like to show that every family is different and that’s ok!

How did you find the voice to play Mia?

I always used to make up baby voices for my dolls, so when I got the audition it was pretty easy for me. Mia is a baby kitty, and all of the other voices I do on the show are babies too.

What’s was the casting process like on LA’s Finest?

LA’s Finest was a fun audition. There were only like 4-5 pages of lines on the first call, and then I got the callback a few days later. It went really fast after that, wardrobe was just a day or two later. Rebecca Budwig who plays my mom was there for the wardrobe fitting, so it was great to get to meet her before we started filming. I didn’t know it would be recurring when I first booked it, so I was so excited when they called me back for more episodes.

Tell us about your first time on set.

The first time I was ever on set was so great. I couldn’t believe that I had my own trailer, and craft service had every snack I could want. We filmed on a huge sound stage and there were a bunch of small sets that were supposed to look like the inside of houses, they were made really small because I was supposed to look like a giant. I had the best day ever.

What other projects have you worked on?

I have done 5 or 6 commercials, and a few really fun BuzzFeed videos. I also worked on the show Marvel Runaways, and a movie of the week called Killer Single Dad. I do a voice on Muppet Babies and recently filmed my favorite role so far on The Orville, but I am not allowed to talk about it yet.