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!!!



Tween Advice – Is Being the Popular Girl All it’s Cracked Up to Be?

Tween Friend Advice
Tween Friend Advice

Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Rose and as back to school time rolls around, you’re probably thinking about, well going back to school. Maybe it’s no big deal to you, or maybe you’re really excited thinking about all the stuff you’re going to learn…or maybe you’re trying to figure out your social strategy?

Huh, social strategy – what’s that? You know what I’m talking about – are you vowing that this is the year you become a popular girl – no matter what? After all you’ve seen girls break into the cool kids club before – and now you want your turn right?

I mean there are some totally awesome benes that go with being cool, like lots of friends, always having boys interested in you, never having to worry about who you’re going to sit at with lunch. Of course the cool girls aren’t really your usual crowd, so it might take some work to become part of it, but it has to be totally worth it?
Well before you decide on your campaign to become part of the cool gang, you need to stop and think about whether it’s really worth it.
There are some bad things about being popular — like maybe having to not be friends with all the girls you used to hang with. Or being the target of rumors just because your popular, or always having to worry about what you say, in case it’s judged as “uncool.” Or having to be mean, just to be popular.
Betcha you didn’t think of all of those things. I mean, even though I was pretty popular at my old school, I never tried to be mean about it – but sometimes I did feel like I couldn’t say what was really on my mind because someone might think it was lame or make fun of me. Now with the other GirlMoguls I feel like I can say whatever I want – and even though they might make fun of me, they won’t think I’m not cool.
Sometimes having real friends is better than striving to be part of the “cool crowd!” So just make sure your social strategy includes being true to your real friends.

GirlMogul Rose
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Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta

Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Daisy here with your book pick of the week.   as you might know I’m kinda into comics so I was excited to see a new Lunch Lady graphic novel out.  She’s a pretty cool comic book heroine and always seems to have a cool gadget to save the day – so if you haven’t had a chance to check out a Lunch Lady book, I would definitely check out. Great for ages 7-10… [ReviewAZON asin=”0375860940″ display=”fullpost”]

Book Club Book: Dumped by Popular Demand Part 2

The Social Experoments of Dorie Dilts
The Social Experoments of Dorie Dilts

Hey girls! So now we’re over half way through this fabulous novel, Dumped By Popular Demand. So, that means that we need to discuss all the juicy details of Dorie’s experience in her new school, including her major social experiment.

Okay, the big news is the Holly Trinity. This is the elite circle of 3 in Greenview, which Dorie has figured out to be comprised of 3 popular girls: Holly MacAdams, Alexis Martinez, and Jenny Chang. After days of eating lunch in the girls bathroom, Dorie finally figured out who the three girls were. But, there was a still a huge mystery to figure out- what did they haven in common? Why were these three girls not only popular, but so close to each other?

The answer’s name is Grant. Grant is the popular guy in school who sits in the back of the class, jokes around, pokes fun at people, and definitely does not impress his teachers. But, let’s remember, he’s the popular kid. And, to top it off, he is what the Holly trinity has in common. Each girl has dated and been dumped by Grant, and this is the bond that holds them together. Like a lightbulb turning on, the idea comes to Dorie instantly. She will have to get Grant to recognize who she is, date her, then dump her in order to become one of the popular girls.

With the help of her also out-of-town friend Dixie, she begins on the first part (getting Grant to know who she is). With the help of Dixie’s makeover, we arrive at chapter 1 with a huge surprise. Grant does recognize Dorie, not for her name or who she is, but in science class. He picked her as his lab partner! As we read on to find out what this is about, I though of some questions to consider for this portion of the story:

Why would an ex-boyfriend bring three popular girls together? Why is this the only thing all three have in common?

What role does Dixie play in this part of the book? Do you think he will become more or less important as the story goes on?

And finally, why did grant pick Dorie as his partner? Did her trick of getting a makeover and asking him for a pencil work?

GirlMogul Poppy
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