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Cameron Boyce, Part 2 of 2

By Bonnie Wallace | September 13, 2017

 

Cameron Boyce Part 2 of 2

Today my guest on Hometown to Hollywood is Cameron Boyce. Cameron has done MANY film and TV projects, but he is best known for his roles in Mirrors, Eagle Eye, Grownups and Grownups 2, Jessie, Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything, Descendants and Descendants 2.

This is part two of my two-part conversation with Cameron. In this second half of our interview, Cameron covers auditions, dealing with fame, surprises along his journey, and much more! 

Be sure to catch part one if you haven’t yet, where he shares about how he got started, who inspires him, training, school, and much more. We get into a lively conversation about the CHSPE that is relevant for any young actor considering taking that test so they can work as a “legal 18” in California.

Cameron’s thoughtful take on the entertainment industry reflects that fact that at the age of 18 he has already spent more than half his life working in it, and has worked with legends. Join us!

Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation:

  • “Dancers are some of the best people to be around.”
  • “If you beat yourself up, you’ll get sick of it really quickly.”
  • “My ‘Butterfly Effect’ is really broad.”
  • “I’ve never gotten used to the impact I have on people.”
  • “If you’re passionate about becoming famous? Not a good deal.”
  • “Stay persistent. Because it doesn’t come overnight.”
  • “Give the script the respect that it deserves.”
  • “When you are right for a character and role, it’ll happen.”
  • “Trust the process.”
  • “When you lose your self, you lose everything, so be yourself.”

 

Follow Cameron HERE:

Twitter: @TheCameronBoyce

Instagram: @TheCameronBoyce

 

Cameron’s experience in the entertainment industry first as a true child actor, and now transitioning to a young adult actor, yields invaluable insights into what faces young actors at different stages of their journey. Everybody’s path is unique. The point, I think, is to feel happy and fulfilled no matter where your path takes you. And that has a lot to do with keeping a sense of perspective on your adventure.

I offer consulting services for parents of young actors, or for young adult actors. A single hour with me can answer your questions, including questions you didn’t know you had, and provide an action plan to get you moving toward that dream. WHILE keeping a sense of perspective!

If you’d like some help figuring out your next move, schedule a Skype consultation with me HERE. I look forward to talking with you!

xo

Bonnie

 

 

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Cameron Boyce, Actor: PART ONE

By Bonnie Wallace | September 7, 2017

 

Today my guest on Hometown to Hollywood is Cameron Boyce. Cameron has done MANY film and TV projects, but he is best known for his roles in Mirrors, Eagle Eye, Grownups and Grownups 2, Jessie, Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything, Descendants and Descendants 2.

This is part one of my two-part conversation with Cameron. Come back next week for part two, where he shares about auditions, dealing with fame, surprises along his journey, and much more!

In this first half of our interview, Cameron covers how he got started, who inspires him, training, school, and much more. We get into a lively conversation about the CHSPE that is relevant for any young actor considering taking that test so they can work as a “legal 18” in California. His thoughtful take on the entertainment industry reflects that fact that at the age of 18 he has already spent more than half his life working in it, and has worked with legends. Join us!

Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation:

  • “The kid really has to want to be there.”
  • “Parents really are everything.”
  • “Every single thing on the page is there for a reason.”
  • “An actor is in a prime position to learn about ANYTHING.”
  • On agents: “Find somebody who’s passionate about you.”
  • “To get those 6 projects, you have to do 600 auditions.”
  • “It’s rare for a casting director to be looking for a breakout star.”
  • “When all the stars align, it’s really special.”
  • “Throw in a little bit of personality. Sprinkle it on.”
  • “You should always go with your gut.” Click To Tweet

 

Follow Cameron HERE:

Twitter: @TheCameronBoyce 

Instagram: @TheCameronBoyce

 

Cameron’s experience in the entertainment industry first as a true child actor, and now transitioning to a young adult actor, yields invaluable insights into what faces young actors at different stages of their journey. Everybody’s path is unique. The point, I think, is to feel happy and fulfilled no matter where your path takes you. And that has a lot to do with keeping a sense of perspective on your adventure.

I offer consulting services for parents of young actors, or for young adult actors. A single hour with me can answer your questions, including questions you didn’t know you had, and provide an action plan to get you moving toward that dream. WHILE keeping a sense of perspective!

If you’d like some help figuring out your next move, schedule a Skype consultation with me HERE. I look forward to talking with you!

xo

Bonnie

 

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Paul Becker: Choreographer, Director

By Bonnie Wallace | August 31, 2017

How do dancers become choreographers? What goes into choreography for film and TV? Who casts the dancers?
This week’s guest on Hometown to Hollywood, Paul Becker, answers all these questions and more in one of my most inspiring and fascinating interviews ever.

Paul is a Hollywood choreographer and director, and his credits are incredible: he’s worked closely with everyone from Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, The Muppets, Michael Bublé, Ciara, and has even directed and created for Kanye West.  In the musical theatre world he’s staged numbers for Broadway legends like Ben Vereen, Kristin Chenoweth and Neil Patrick Harris.

Paul has choreographed over 200 film and TV projects, like “Twilight”, “Mirror Mirror” “Sucker Punch” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid 1-3”, & he is currently the series choreographer for “A Series of Unfortunate Evens”(Netflix), “Once Upon a Time” (ABC), CW’s hit show “Riverdale,” and “Deadpool 2.”

Paul recently was nominated for the World Choreography Award for his work with his mentor, director Kenny Ortega, as his choreography partner for Disney Channel’s mega hit musical Descendants.

Paul talks about training, what the work of a TV and film choreographer really entails, gives advice for dancers, actors who dance, dancers who act, and choreographers, as well as sharing some extremely inspiring stories and wisdom. Don’t miss this—even if you have two left feet!

Some of my favorite quotes from our conversation:
• “I took 3 classes a night, training like an athlete.”
• “Out of 1,000 dancers, there’s usually 15 guys.”
• “Opportunities for guys in dance are greater, but they need the drive.”
• “You have to make things happen for yourself.”
• “There’s always a way to achieve your outcome.”
• “You can see it in someone’s eyes when they’re hungry for it.”
• “Being easy to work with is huge.”
• “I was rock bottom when I met Kenny Ortega.”
• “Stay positive and be nice to everyone.”
• “It’s the job of a choreographer to be a ‘dance-writer’.”
• “I like to create scenes diverse in ethnicity and all different types.”
• “Study filmmaking and acting if you want to choreograph for film and TV.”
• “Be able to use Excel, create budgets, and pitch if you want to choreograph for film and TV.”
• “You hold the key to your future.”

 

You can follow Paul and his work HERE:

Website: https://www.beckercreations.com/
Masterclass: https://www.pbmasterclass.com/
Twitter: @ThePaulBecker
Instagram: @ThePaulBecker1
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