Felicia Thompson - Dubai Interview by Olivia Bush Nomination by Charlotte Thompson Photography by Salamon Photo Issue 30 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Felicia Thompson is a young, greatly talented and successful actor, singer and model. From the age of 6 years old, she knew she wanted to be an actor when she saw a magical production of ‘Lion King’. She has had lead roles in films, stage productions, been a radio dj, performed live on international TV and modeled for high fashion international brands. Feedback from industry professionals, auditions and friends is always that she is a great team player and leader that includes all cast and takes all her assignments with a reliable and professional act. Her dream is to have a profession life as an actor in the future.
Photography by Salamon Photo
What about the production of the 'Lion King' made you want to be an actress? The Lion king has always been one of my favorite childhood movies, and when I watched it as a musical, I felt more inspired than ever before and it made me want to get on stage and be part of my own fantasy world. Whenever I watch people perform, I feel welcome and at home. I am very hard working and competitive, performing helps me every day to stay motivated, I stay motivated by improving on different aspects of musical theatre. This keeps me busy and I love seeing how far I can push myself.
What are the workshops you have attended like? I love attending workshops and master classes, and one of my favorites by far is the Broadway workshop I attended In New York. We worked on a song from Wicked with Actors who were in the musical and they taught us the choreography. This helped me massively because I got to see professionals in the industry work up close. Another type of workshop I think has helped me massively in my career was when I got to do a private master class with Paul Spicer from Arts Ed London. He was part of the Mamma Mia main cast on the West End and did a worldwide tour. He helped me sing notes I didn’t even know I could hit, and the entire class was a big burst of energy, laughter and he was a top-notch world-class performer in action, that inspires me greatly. I am also proud to have been apart a lovely Dance Workshop with the world well renowned Aaron Renfree. It was a technical advanced number, high voltage and coordination for the selected dance team. We also got to perform this choreography in Dubai Opera - an amazing experience and I am ready to do it all again in February.
Photography by Lilly K. Photography
What was it like performing at Carnegie Hall & why were you performing there? Performing in Carnegie hall was indescribable, everything you saw, everywhere you looked was like it was straight out of a movie. I was in Carnegie hall to perform at a Christmas concert that was conducted by Erik Whitacre, it took months to prepare and our choir performed next to the best rated choirs in America. The opportunity to get a special invitation to perform with Erik Whitacre made this a Dream come true.
What is your favorite performance you have been a part of? My favorite role is from the School of Rock musical where I played Patty Di Marco. She is a sassy, challenging and powerful character, and this is the first time I have played an adult role. Being able to develop the confidence together with my director, acting coaches and co actors gave me a big rush. And the audience loved it! I spent a lot of time researching the role, Sarah Silverman played Patty in the movie with Jack Black. She was my role model for taking on a rather daring career move. The feedbacks and reviews have been so positive, and that is very encouraging. And - I was jumping through the roof when my International commercial for Yas Island played on The Ellen Show in the Christmas Giveaway with Jennifer Aniston, two role models and heroes of mine. I am also very proud of my Sports commercials for Nike, Puma and Calvin Klein. It requires sports skills on a professional level, I am a professional swimmer, that qualified me for the hard work and enduring schedules for the professional shoots. A new area for mes is my newly signed Influencer agreements with Monnalisa, Derhy, Nununuworld, Marlo Kids and - latest House of Juniors. Representing these amazing brands and designers makes me so happy and proud. Last - I am thrilled and humbled by being named Most Beautiful Child Model of 2019 by two American magazines. Working with international celebrity photographers have surely built my portfolio to a high standard and catapulted my career internationally. I am so proud and feel so grateful for this great honor.
What does being a Premiereprogram ambassador entail? To be a Premiereprogram ambassador means to be a good role model and to inspire new talent in an international mix of actors, singers and models meeting and performing before industry professionals. I have met and worked with celebrities like Raven Symone, Peyton List, Miranda May and Josie Totah, Lauren Taylor and Hayden Byerly. I also got signed to my international management agency through Premiereprogram. Meeting other successful talents at my age is so great, learning their paths and successes really inspires me.
Photography by Lilly K. Photography
What is the biggest lesson acting and performing has taught you? Acting and performing has taught me so many useful life skills like memorization skills, public speaking experience, a solid work ethic, being confident and have a great level of adaptability.
Who inspires you in the acting/ performing industry? My inspiration from the industry is Emma Watson, Millie Bobby Brown and Reese Witherspoon. They have taken on many roles in addition to acting and performing. I think it is so important to use your voice to fight for what you believe in, whether you are young or old, famous or just a great Voice in your local community.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? My best advice to everyone who wants to be in the Performing Arts industry is never give up and always try harder. Practice is key to being successful. Every day I work on aspects on Musical Theatre, and I always have a lot of ongoing projects. It is important to go on as many auditions as possible, and to do commercials, shows, films and choir to develop your skills.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future? In 5 years, I want to study Performing Arts, History and Psychology at University in the USA or England. I want to have a solid academic education to ensure my future career and possibilities.
Photography by Ophelia Fotografie
What is your favorite activity or pastime that wasn’t in your nomination? I like to do Magic Card tricks, that is the most unexpected activity I do for my family and friends.
How do you keep yourself organized with everything you have on your plate? I could never do my very busy schedule without the support of my parents. My Mommy organizes everything for my career, and we have good help from my agents as well to keep up with audition schedules that often can be set on short notice.
3 Things on your bucket list Go Skydiving - Go Snorkeling in the Caribbean and maybe... travel out to Space one day
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? I am humble and I am a great team leader. I am happy to do tasks without receiving anything in return. I am well professionally trained, and I make sure everyone around me is happy. Always remember you are stronger and braver than you believe, and you also have to learn to handle rejection and still be a good team player. I always develop new goals for myself, and many friends in the industry have said that they find that very inspirational and want to follow me on my path. The competitive side of performing is easier to handle if you train hard to be professional and always improve on your abilities and skills.
Felicia will be featured in Issue 30 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!