Stella Wright – California Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nominated by Elisha Wright Photography by Ray Clanton Issue 25 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Stella Wright is inspiring!! Stella landed a modeling contract at the age of 14 with Meraki Model Management LA after attending an Industry Network event in Los Angeles. Stella has been acting in theater since she was a preschooler, and when she moved from Indiana to California, she joined Tower Talent Studio West where they encouraged her to model in addition to strengthening her acting skills such as improv and TV/Film acting. Stella approaches acting and modeling with creativity. She also loves to write and took home a first-place prize at her school’s Poetry Slam contest. Stella is also a deep thinker and advocate for those who are struggling, who feel marginalized, or who don’t “fit in”. One day, all these strengths combined, she will be a positive role model for young people.
I've always been interested in the entertainment business & acting and got scouted at the Del Mar Fair by Tower Talent Studio West for modeling. I started taking improv/ acting and modeling classes there. Through Tower Talent, I went to the Industry Network competition in LA and met many agents and managers, one being Meraki Modeling Management. They ended up signing me as a model. I decided to take a chance with it and ended up loving it.
It was super exciting getting a modeling contract at such a young age. I was never really worried or scared during the process, it was all just super fun and I liked going with the flow of it. I’ve learned so much about the industry and continue to learn more and more.
Modeling has affected my life greatly. I have less insecurities, it gave me confidence, and I never knew I was this passionate about it until I tried it out, so now I’m hooked. It has also helped me to be more outgoing. I have to audition for jobs, so modeling has helped me with my communication skills with adults.
My favorite topics to write about are usually personal. I like writing about my feelings of past experiences because writing is a good outlet for getting out my emotions.
I continue to audition for short films, and my improv skills have helped me think on the spot. I recently auditioned for a role in the LA 48 Hour Film Project. In that audition, I had to read lines with the director from a script and he also directed me through an improvisational scene.
The hardest thing I’ve accomplished would probably be maintaining good grades. I participated in tutoring and asking for help from teachers and my parents. I also have a studying routine- as soon as I come home from school, I study and do homework.
The advice I would give to someone who wants to be where I am today is being confident in who you are; don't let anyone push your dreams aside just because they ask you to. And do what's best for you, it’s okay to say no.
In the future, I would like to see myself being well known in the entertainment business. It would be great if I could travel overseas to model after I graduate high school.
Three things on my bucket list are going to Disneyland Tokyo, getting a Pomeranian, and signing up for a voice over class
Stella will be featured in Issue 25 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!