A good deal of the participants at Premiere have gone on to find work in the entertainment industry. A few of these individuals include:
Landry, from Phoenix, Arizona, attended our August 2009 Program. She signed with Talent Works and Coast to Coast Talent Group, and made her professional acting debut in the 20th Century Fox film The Sitter. Following her initial start in the industry, she had an audition for Disney. As a result, she booked a role in the pilot of Disney XD’s Crash and Bernstein. She has also performed for several seasons as the character of “Cleo” who plays opposite the purple puppet “Crash.” Although Landry was a working actress with an agent, she decided to attend Premiere for the exposure and experience it offered. Landry is now the star of her own Disney Channel original series Best Friends Whenever.
Hayden, from Littleton, Colorado, was an attendee at our Program in July 2010 and signed with CESD LA, JLA Talent Agency and New Wave Entertainment. He won the title of first in his age division and was cast in a guest starring role in Disney XD’s Zeke and Luther, after submitting a filmed audition piece. Hayden has taken part in several national commercials for Oscar Mayer and is best known for his role as “Jude” on the ABC Family hit, The Fosters.
Zayne, from McMinnville, Oregon, attended our August 2009 Program and signed with Abrams Artists Agency and Justice & Ponder Management. In a relatively short time, Zayne made his presence known in the industry with appearances in several TV series on NBC, ABC, CBS, Disney, Disney XD and Nickelodeon. He has also received two Young Artist Awards for his work in Disney XD’s I’m in the Band, and was nominated for his guest appearance on Disney’s Shake It Up!
At Premiere, we regularly host celebrity guests that perform in our shows and work with performers. They have provided inspiration for many children over the years through their interactions, performances and autograph signings. Celebrity guests were pleased to have the opportunity to share their thoughts about their experience with Premiere. Their comments and feedback can be read below.
“Having a blast at the @PremiereBird event here in Orlando. Meeting you guys makes my heart warm.” – Rowan Blanchard (Disney Channel’s “Girl Meets World”)
“Having a blast @PremiereBird this weekend. These kids are so talented. I’m worried they’re gonna steal my job!!!” – Calum Worthy (Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally”)
“Having a great time meeting the kids at Premiere Event in Orlando! Thanks @premiereprogram @PremiereBird” – Trinitee Stokes (Disney Channel’s “KC Undercover”)
“It’s cool because I remember being in the same position as everyone else. I remember being in line and very nervous, asking everyone I could questions about what to do, what to say… I never saw myself as an actor until I went to the event, it helped me find that.” – Hayden Byerly (ABC Family’s “The Fosters”)
“I think the biggest take away for anyone attending Premiere Event is that they have a really good time. They meet amazing industry professionals that see what they have and help them get started.” –Phill Lewis (Disney’s “Suite Life on Deck”)
“It’s about opportunity. The most important thing you can give an actor. An opportunity to express themselves, to get in front of people to showcase their abilities and that’s what Premiere Event is all about. Giving kids an opportunity to shine.” –Caroline Sunshine (Disney’s “Shake It Up!”)
“I started in this business the hard way. I didn’t have this great chance to get in front of so many people. I had to go door to door and hope someone would see me. These kids have a great experience and get the chance to meet the decision makers in the business.” – Danielle Bisutti (Nickelodeon’s “True Jackson, V.P.”)