Interview With Ayla Kell

We got the chance to interview Ayla Kell from ABC’s Make it Or Break It – we asked her some hard hitting GirlMogul questions so we could get the down low on what it takes to be a successful – whether it’s in show biz or just life!

Q. Did you always know you wanted to be a performer/?  How/When did you know that this is what you wanted to do?

A.  Yes. When I was younger I knew I would be a performer of some kind, just didn’t know what type. I knew that I loved to entertain people, make them smile, cry, feel something. I love to make people experience something. Whether it was dancing, or acting, I wasn’t sure. But I knew that my being a performer was already in my future.

Q. You have been successful at so many things from such a young age – did you have a plan or goals to get you there?  If so do you have tips on how other girls can achieve their dreams?

A. While I didn’t have a plan at a young age, I had determination and drive to make it happen. Anything is possible. And it’s so easy to get caught up in how big your goals are, and how small and insignificant one can feel. You can’t focus on that. You have to focus on doing small things everyday to build up to achieving your dream. I never try to achieve being the best in the world, just doing my personal best, because that’s all I have to compare what I’m capable to.

Q. Singing and performing sounds like fun – not work – but it must be – can you tell us about a typical day for you – what’s your favorite parts – and your least favorite parts

A. On a typical day of work, I get up at 5:00 am, get to work by 5:30 am. Eat a breakfast burrito (one of my favorite things), and get into makeup and hair. During that time, I go over my lines for that day to make sure I’m on it and prepared. Then we will shoot. We shoot each scene from a couple different angels and sizes, but we just do the same thing over and over while the camera changes. Lunch. Then back to work till we get our page count done for that day. It averages about 12 hours, then come home. Take a run, yoga, shower, food, learn lines for the next day. And get up and do it all again. While it’s busy and hectic at times, I would never change it.

Q.Do you have any advice for girls who want to achieve something big – how to stick to their goal, how to say focused, ignore naysayers, etc?

A. For girls who want to achieve something big- Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither is a person. It takes years and experience to become your fullest person. And as badly as I wanted to achieve things when I was younger, I think I wouldn’t have known what to do with the success. Letting things happen in the way they were supposed to made my life such a wonderful thing. I never stopped working hard, but I stopped stressing about being perfect. Of course every once in a while I stress myself out, but I’m human. Now I’ve found a way to focus that stress into drive, focus, and determination. You can try to tell me I can’t do it, but that just makes me wanna do it even more.

Q. If you could change something about the world, what would it be and why?

A.  I don’t generally like to entertain hypotheticals, it encourages the idea of wishing something away which will never come true. But if I had to choose something to make the world a better place, I would want to find a way that we could refocus the copious amounts of waste into a way to feed the entire world. It’s possible, science.

Q. What are your favorite movies?

A. Asking me about movies/tv is like asking a historian about history. I can talk about movies all day. Favorite movies are “Adam’s Rib” or “Night at the Opera” featuring my boys the Marx Bros. If you wanna talk tv- I’ve seen every episode of Seinfeld, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mr. Show, Arrested Development, and about a million others. I like outlandish comedies that are character driven. Books. I love getting caught up in a book. “Water for Elephants” was a great one this year. But my favorite books are “Great Gatsby”, “Galapagos”, “The World as I See It” (Albert Einstein), “Ham on Rye”, and “Catcher in the Rye”. We have to cover music in another interview, because I will write an essay on that alone.

And in her own words….

A.Oddly enough. You guys asked me 7 questions, which I’m obsessed with. The number 7 is HUGE in my life. Born October 7th, my parent’s got married on 7.7.77 at 7 o’clock, my sister was 7. It’s too much!!!

 

 

Earth Day Activities and Videos for Kids

Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Poppy here, with a cool Earth Day video for you – you can totally get your green on with the GirlMoguls. Feel free to share the video with your parents, friends and teachers – and check below for more cool Earth Day links.

To share the video just use this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C79BOCVSDaU

Or copy this embed code:

<object width=”425″ height=”344″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/C79BOCVSDaU?hl=en&amp;fs=1″ /><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true” /><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always” /><embed type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”425″ height=”344″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/C79BOCVSDaU?hl=en&amp;fs=1″ allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true”></embed></object>

Check out more Earth Day Activities here: http://girlmogul.com/category/feature-articles/girlmoguls-go-green/

 

Or Here: http://www.livestrong.com/article/127117-things-kids-can-earth-day/ Please note – this is an offsite link to the Live Strong site – please check with your parents before clicking!

Stack O’Fun B-Day Present

“Stack O’ Fun B-day Present”

Hey GirlMoguls – we have a cool craft from our friend Ruby over at www.makeitruby.com.  Check out this cool DIY project that makes an awesome birthday present for your BFF!

Ruby’s Tool Kit: assortment of boxes, wrapping paper, bow, tap hot glue gun, scissors

 

1. Reuse an assortment of gift boxes. Wrap the boxes and the lids separate in colorful gift wrap.

 

2. Secure each box to the lid of the box below with hot glue.

 

3. Top the present with a colorful bow. Fill each box with craft materials. After the party it makes for great storage:)

 

Viola – You’re done!

 

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Tax Facts Made Simple

Hey GirlMoguls – It’s Girlmogul Lily here –  have you noticed that the grownups in your life might seem a bit stressed lately?  Well that’s could because it’s tax time – yup – annual personal income taxes are due in the United States on April 15th.  This means that most Americans need to spend a bit of time going over their personal finances and filling out some paperwork – either online or in paper.

Tax day is an accepted ritual for most Americans, but I was wondering how it got started.  Luckily I was able to find a tax expert to explain it all.  Kate Kelly is a writer and historian who loves digging into our past and making it come alive – you can check out her site at http://americacomesalive.com/ for more fun facts about the past – and read below to understand just what TAXES are all about.

FUN TAX FACTS

By Kate Kelly, America Comes Alive!

Governments, like people, need an income in order to pay for what is needed, and as you can imagine, wars are one of the most expensive undertakings a country can take on.  For that reason, the beginning of our system of having our income taxed has its roots in the Civil War.  President Lincoln and Congress created a commissioner of Internal Revenue to collect taxes on income; it was repealed ten years later.

In 1894, Congress attempted to revive the income tax but it was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the U.S. tax system.  The rates of taxation have varied widely over the years.

One of the biggest changes in the system came in 1943, when Congress passed a law that permitted companies to withhold taxes on wages, and this was vitally important in helping to fund World War II.

While the majority of Americans are resigned to the fact that they are going to have to pay taxes each year, in reading old newspaper reports about people paying their taxes, I found one story about a couple who actually embraced it:  On April 15, 1951 a 70-year-old couple in Syracuse, New York received a $27 refund check for an income tax overpayment.  They returned it to the Internal Revenue Collector, explaining their refusal to accept it as being due to their thankfulness for “the opportunity to continue working.”

To read more about America’s past, please visit www.americacomesalive.com, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericaComesAlive.  Kate’s website is also a wonderful resource for parents and families, providing little-known stories of America’s past and information for sharing our rich heritage with children, so be sure to check it out!

 

Posted by GirlMogul Lily