Hi and Welcome to YourYoungActor.com!
I am Debbie, and I am the mother of two children, one of whom is a young actor in the Los Angeles area. We lived in the Southeast until my daughter was almost 7.
She had an obvious love for the stage starting at age one, and from then on I began looking for opportunities for her to perform. This turned out to be much more difficult than expected. I did not know anyone who could help me with this.
She got an agent in Charleston, SC when she was five years old. She also got an agent in Atlanta, which was a very long drive from Charleston.
We later visited New York and Los Angeles to talk with talent agents, managers, and casting directors. Though we also really wanted to work with talent manager Shirley Grant in New York, at the coaxing of Craig Wargo, with Talent Management Associates, we decided to come to Los Angeles to launch Brooke’s show business career.
My daughter and I first moved to Los Angeles alone. We drove all the way from South Carolina to Los Angeles with some friends, enjoying the sights along the way. We stopped to see the Grand Canyon and visited Las Vegas. Her father and brother joined us here 17 months later where we’ve all been living ever since.
We’ve learned so much during this journey into acting, and there are so many things I wish I’d known sooner. We had to try to figure out most things on our own as we encountered them. We did not know where to go to get assistance, and we did not always make the best decisions. I want to share our experiences with others so that they can learn from our mistakes and our successes.
P.S. The picture in the header on this site is a picture of my daughter ( 8 years old ) on the set of Beautiful Dreamer, a beautiful WWII film. It was taken at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, CA.
While working with Brooke Langton and Colin Egglesfield and with Lauren Woodland as her mother in Beautiful Dreamer, Brooke discovered how very much she loved acting. It was a wonderful experience for her. When she was released from work on the first day of filming (due to the SAG requirements for minors) she said, “Mom, I want to stay and watch.” And she did until I finally dragged her away to go home over an hour later. She would have stayed until they finished filming for the day if I’d let her.
You can e-mail me: Debbie
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