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!!!

 

 

Quote of the Day – Write it Out

“Oh, so many things bubble up inside me… That’s why in the end I always come back to my diary. That is where I start and finish.”

Anne Frank – diarist

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keeping a journal can help your feelings

Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Rose again.  Today we’re going to look at quotes about keeping a journal – as you know I’m a writer and I’ve always kept a diary ever since I could remember.  Well more than one, it seems like I am always filling them up and finding a new cute one to start fresh.

I picked this quote because that’s how I feel too.  I use my journal to help collect the bubbles.  I mean growing up is hard to do – so many things seem to happen, between friends, and school and family.  And then there are my emotions…It seems like I am having a new one every day.  So when things get really bad, I just turn to my journal and write about it.  Sometimes I write a few lines, and sometimes I write for pages – but whatever it is, afterwards, I always feel better.  And if I had a problem, usually I have figure out a way to solve it – just by writing about.

So if you want to start your own journal – you don’t need anything fancy – a simple notebook, even a marble composition book will do – you can decorate it with stickers or some wrapping paper or magic markers.  You can write in pen or paper, whatever.  You can write every day or once a week, or only when you need to.  You can keep your journal with you wherever you go, or you can keep it safe at home.  You can re-read your entries or never look at them again.  And remember they’re for your eyes only –so you can be honest, you can make spelling mistakes, you can even try writing in code.  Just start writing and you’ll see how much better you feel.

GirlMogul Rose
GirlMogul Rose

 

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Disney is Going Classic: a Movie Review of The Princess and the Frog

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Disney Princess and Frog Review

Okay, GirlMoguls, so I know we were all super curious about the new Disney movie. There are so many things about it that are new and very old for the productions house. They were returning to an old school style of animation, but still trying to keep the humor and plot contemporary. Also, they are featuring their first ever African American princess, in a setting that was also never trekked. Disney has never done a quintessential fairy tale in the South. The Princess and the Frog covered new grounds with the main character Tiana, and her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.

The story is about Tiana, a girl with big dreams and not a lot of money to achieve them. But, she keeps her parents words in mind and works very hard, knowing that dreams cannot be achieved without hard work put toward them. She grows up with a friend named Charlotte, who is the daughter of a very rich man, and for whom Tiana’s own mother sews extravagant dresses. The two girls and very different, but come together by continually wishing on stars. One day, Prince Naveen comes to New Orleans to find a girl to marry, and Charlotte is the first in line. But, the witch doctor Dr. Facilier intervenes and turns Naveen into a frog. Through a bizarre line of turns, Tiana ends up in the same boat, quite literally, and they go on an adventure trying to find a way to be human again.

I absolutely loved this movie. I thought the animation was completely breathtaking, and totally worth the wait. I really hope they do more movies in this style of animation; I realized how good it was again after seeing it on the big screen. The story was very true of Disney; it was really funny while still having a very touching message. In the end, I was so touched that Tiana finds what she really needs- not be human, but to find love and happiness. She was working so hard. She was not living and enjoying life and a balance of the two is always necessary.  Ultimately, the story was fantastic. The villain, Dr. Facilier, was really creepy, and I though Disney did a great job in creating a really loathsome and distinctive character. The only thing I would say they could improve on was the songs. In e very movie, there is always at least 1 memorable song, like Under the Sea form The Little Mermaid or Zero to Hero from Hercules. In this movie, all the songs were very jazz focused, and were not kitschy enough for my taste. Other than that, I definitely recommend you go and watch it!

GirlMogul Lily
GirlMogul Lily

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