Introducing Candice Tarrant & Eisha Hobson: Meet The Emerging Models Behind The Latest Issue Of StarCentral Kids

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At just 11 years old, Eisha Joy Hobson has made an indelible mark on the modeling scene. Born on February 4th, 2012, in the Philippines, Eisha embodies a beautiful blend of Australian and Pinay roots, her unique cultural heritage contributing to her vibrant and diverse outlook on life. Presently enrolled at Oakville Public School in NSW, Eisha’s world is one adorned with an artistic palette, a musical touch, and an insatiable spirit for family adventures.

Candice Tyra Geonzon Tarrant, a 14-year-old Filipino Australian, is making waves in the world of beauty pageantry. Inspired by her mother’s remarkable journey as the former Mrs. Universe Central Asia 2022 and Woman of the Universe Australia 2021, Candice has established her own impressive accomplishments.

For further details about these two up-and-coming models, please continue reading below:

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Eisha Joy Hobson

At a mere 11 years old, the remarkable journey of Eisha Joy Hobson has already captured the hearts and admiration of many. Born on February 4th, 2012, in the Philippines, Eisha’s heritage is a beautiful fusion of Australian and Pinay roots. Currently studying at Oakville Public School in NSW, her world is adorned with vibrant hues of artistry, song, and a profound love for family adventures.

Eisha’s connection with the natural world is undeniable. Her heart finds solace in the company of animals, the serenity of beaches, and the thrill of bushwalks. Embedded in her upbringing is a profound respect for tradition. Drawing from her Filipino heritage, she exemplifies the cherished gesture of “Mano po,” a mark of reverence for elders.

Eisha remarkably embarked on her modeling journey as early as 1 and a half years old, gracing the Philippine modeling scene and even making appearances on television dramas. She further continued her modeling journey at the tender age of 11, captivating local audiences through fashion shows and photoshoots. As she continued to gain experience, her passion for modeling increased, fueled by a desire to excel. Supported by her devoted family, Eisha harmoniously balances her emerging modeling career with her academic pursuits. A testament to her tenacity, she excels academically, demonstrating her prowess both in front of the camera and within the classroom.

In addition to her modeling endeavours, Eisha finds purpose in community engagement. Her involvement in charitable fashion events and fundraisers underscores her commitment to noble causes, employing her platform to effect positive change. Her future is radiant with promise. As a beacon of inspiration, she aspires to be a role model for aspiring young talents, demonstrating that with unwavering determination and diligent effort, the sky’s the limit.

Join us in following Eisha Joy Hobson’s rise, as she spreads her wings in the fashion world, casting a brilliant light as a budding luminary on the horizon.

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Candice Tyra Geonzon Tarrant

Candice Tyra Geonzon Tarrant, a 14-year-old Filipino Australian, is the cherished daughter of Randy Tarrant and Cheryl Tarrant. Inspired by her mother’s successful beauty queen journey as the former Mrs. Universe Central Asia 2022 and Woman of the Universe Australia 2021, Candice has carved out her own path of achievements in the world of beauty pageantry.

Currently holding the esteemed title of Miss Australia Pre Teen 2023 Royal International Miss, Candice represented Australia in Orlando, Florida, where she secured the honorable position of 4th Runner Up International Role Model among 37 accomplished candidates. She has also triumphed as Miss Earth Junior Air Australia 2021 and Miss Junior Australasia 2021.

Dance is Candice’s expressive outlet, and she leverages her passion for dance to participate in various charitable events. Her talents extend further as a runway and print model, marking a significant milestone by gracing New York Fashion Week in September 2022 under the wing of Marc Defang, securing a presence on the iconic Times Square billboard in New York.

Beyond her achievements in the entertainment realm, Candice shines in sports as a notable netball player. Her team secured victory in the Grand Finals last year and secured the runner-up position this year.

Candice’s dedication to advocacy is noteworthy, particularly in the field of recycling. For over four years, she has collected empty bottles and cans, recycling them for financial support. The proceeds from these recycling efforts have been directed towards positive community initiatives. Candice’s donations include 10,000 pesos for Covid-19 assistance in Iloilo, Philippines, providing lunch for Aged Care workers, and hosting a High Tea for Aged Care residents.

Her upcoming project involves aiding underprivileged kids in the Philippines in November. She also displayed remarkable kindness by donating her long hair, reaching her thighs, to KIDS with Cancer Australia last year.

Her altruistic contributions have been widely recognised, earning her titles such as Social Change Maker 2023 by Wonder of Womanhood Awards, Beauty Queen of the Year 2023 at the Australian Golden Sash Awards, Junior Humanitarian of the Year 2022, and International Model of the Year 2022 by the Australian Golden Sash Awards. Candice was also acknowledged as the Rising Star of the Year by Global Elite Media Awards and Charity Queen of the Year 2021 by the Australian Golden Sash Awards.

Introducing Brooke and Marco Hall: The Power Couple Behind The Latest Issue Of StarCentral Kids

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Brooke Ashley Hall and Marco Hall have taken the digital world by storm, captivating audiences with their daily lives, dances, pranks, and heartwarming family adventures. With a combined social media following exceeding a staggering 32 million, this dynamic duo has not only become internet sensations but also influencers to reckon with. From humble beginnings to star-studded events, Brooke and Marco’s journey is nothing short of remarkable.

Humble Beginnings to Social Media Stardom

Before their meteoric rise in 2020, Brooke and Marco came from modest backgrounds. Brooke worked as a nurse, while Marco pursued a career as a professional boxer. However, their lives took an unexpected turn when they decided to share their content on social media. As fate would have it, the pandemic gave their TikTok presence a significant boost, leading to lucrative brand partnerships and online earning opportunities. Eventually, they bid farewell to their day jobs and embraced the world of social media, all while homeschooling their children.

A Family-Centric Journey

Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Brooke and Marco are a married couple with two children of their own, Mar’Cannon Hall and Caedon Hall. Marco also became a devoted stepfather to Brooke’s son, Braylon, from her previous relationship. Family is at the core of their lives, and their journey into social media stardom has been a collective effort.

Heartfelt Philanthropy

Beyond their digital fame, Brooke and Marco are passionate about their charity work, particularly their efforts in supporting pediatric heart diseases and research. They were faced with a heart-wrenching scare in January 2023 when Braylon suffered a life-threatening cardiac arrest due to his rare heart condition, Long QT Syndrome. In response to this experience, they’ve become active advocates for the Annual Heart March for Pediatric Heart Children, raising both awareness and funds to aid families facing similar challenges.

Brooke Ashley Hall: Beauty, Lifestyle, and More

Brooke Ashley Hall isn’t just an influential figure; she’s also a beauty and lifestyle influencer, a prominent partner of Fashion Nova, and a successful model. Her influence extends beyond social media, as she’s the creator of the widely popular Self Care Digital Notebook, helping women track and achieve their goals.

Marco Hall: From the Boxing Ring to Entrepreneurship

Marco Hall, renowned for his boxing career and his association with the legendary Floyd Mayweather Jr., has fought notable opponents throughout his time in the sport. While currently inactive in boxing, he continues to channel his passion into social media influencing, entrepreneurship, and YouTube content creation.

Together, Brooke and Marco Hall have become a force to be reckoned with in the digital world, inspiring millions with their content, philanthropy, and unwavering dedication to their family. StarCentral Kids recently had the privilege of catching up with this dynamic duo to learn more about their journey and their future aspirations.

Stay tuned for our exclusive interview with Brooke and Marco Hall as they share insights into their lives, their passions, and what lies ahead for this unstoppable pair.

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourselves?

We are Brooke and Marco Hall, the Beverly Hall family, and we’re fueled by our passion for lifestyle, family, health, wellness, fashion, beauty, and self-care. With our three amazing children, Braylon, Mar’Cannon, and Caedon, we create content that inspires and resonates with others. Our goal is to empower individuals to live their best lives, embracing the joys and challenges of parenthood and maintaining a well-rounded lifestyle. Through our journey, we share valuable insights and relatable experiences to encourage and uplift others on their own paths.

How did you become an international influencer? What’s it like to be an influencer?

Becoming international influencers has been a dream come true for us. Sharing our content across platforms has allowed us to reach a global audience. Being influencers is the best career in the world, and we’re grateful to do what we love while taking care of our children full-time. It’s an incredible privilege and opportunity to inspire others and connect with people worldwide.

What has been your greatest triumph, to date?

Our greatest triumph to date has been navigating through the health concerns of our oldest son. It taught us resilience and the power of unity. Overcoming those tough times together, with our audience’s support, is a triumph we cherish. It reminds us of our strength as a family and the unwavering bond we share.

What has been your greatest lesson, and how have you used that lesson in your life?

Our greatest lesson has been to never give up, even when things seem difficult. We believe that when one approach doesn’t work, there’s always another solution waiting for us. This mindset has allowed us to continuously grow as a family and overcome challenges along the way. It’s a lesson we apply in all aspects of our lives, fueling our determination and resilience.

If you could travel back in time and alter one historical event, where would you go and what would you attempt to change?

If we could turn back time, we would begin utilizing social media in 2014 with the knowledge and strategies we gained in 2020. While the experiences and lessons from those years were instrumental in shaping our success in 2020, we can’t help but imagine the tremendous impact we could have made if we had the opportunity to apply our 2020 insights to the earlier years.

What do you think you came into this life to learn, and what do you think you came here to teach?

Our purpose in this life is to inspire and empower others through our perseverance and ability to overcome challenges and obstacles. We do this by openly sharing our journey with our audience, highlighting the strength of family and the power of gratitude. Through our experiences, we strive to show others that they too, can overcome adversity and achieve their goals. We believe in the transformative power of sharing our accomplishments and expressing gratitude for what we have received. By sharing our stories, we hope to inspire others to embrace their own strength and achieve their dreams.

What projects are you working on right now?

Currently, we are working on several exciting projects. We are exploring the creation of more inspiring and entertaining family music that resonates with our audience. Additionally, we are in the process of developing a devotional that aims to provide guidance and inspiration for individuals and families.

Furthermore, we have a few television projects in the works, although they are still in the early stages of development. Despite being in the initial phases, we approach these endeavors optimistically and enthusiastically. We are excited to see what the rest of the year holds and eagerly anticipate the progress and growth of these projects.

What would you still like to attempt in your career?

Brooke: One of my aspirations in our career is to establish a family brand that deeply resonates with our audience. I envision creating a brand that reflects the values and principles that are important to our family. Through this brand, I hope to provide our audience with inspiration, guidance, and a sense of community. I want to connect with others on a deeper level and positively impact their lives.

Marco: I share the same vision as Brooke when it comes to our career aspirations. Building a family brand that aligns with our values and resonates with our audience is something I am passionate about. I believe that sharing our journey, insights, and experiences can provide tremendous value to our audience. Making a lasting and meaningful difference through our career is a goal that I am truly dedicated to achieving.

What advice would you give to those hoping to follow in your footsteps?

Brooke: My advice to those hoping to follow in our footsteps is to remember that you never know until you try. Start with yourself and be true to who you are. Embrace your uniqueness and think about how you can share your special qualities with the world in a unique way. Stay consistent in your efforts and build a strong sense of community with your audience. Show them that you genuinely care about them as much as they care about you. By being authentic and connecting with your audience on a personal level, you can create a meaningful impact and inspire others.

Marco: If you want to follow in our footsteps, I advise you to start by focusing on yourself. Understand what makes you special and how you can showcase your uniqueness to the world. Be genuine and authentic in your approach, and let your true self shine through. Consistency is key, so stay dedicated to your goals and consistently produce quality content. Building a community with your audience is crucial. Engage with them, listen to their feedback, and make them feel valued. When you genuinely care about your audience, they will reciprocate that care and support. Remember, your journey may be different, but by staying true to yourself and building strong connections, you can carve your own path to success.

Get Acquainted with Jadila Kay Namrawi, the Sensational Talent of StarCentral Kids

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Jadila Kay Namrawi, a talented and ambitious year nine student, is making waves at the age of 13. Born in Sydney, Australia, Jadila comes from a diverse background. Her father is of Palestinian and half-German descent, while her mother has Filipino and Spanish roots in the Philippines. This multicultural heritage has undoubtedly influenced Jadila’s unique perspective and vibrant personality.

Confidence radiates from Jadila in everything she does. Whether it’s tackling academic challenges or pursuing her passions, she approaches each endeavour with unwavering self-assurance. This characteristic sets her apart and fuels her drive to succeed.

Jadila’s interests and talents span across various domains. She finds joy in performing arts, particularly music theater, where she can showcase her singing, dancing, and acting skills. Her vibrant energy and stage presence captivate audiences, leaving a lasting impression. Additionally, she is involved in karate, Oztag (a non-contact version of rugby league), and even modelling. With such a diverse range of interests, Jadila constantly seeks new opportunities for growth and self-expression.

Looking ahead, Jadila holds ambitious aspirations. She dreams of pursuing a career as an actress, model, or attorney. These fields allow her to channel her creativity, intelligence, and passion for advocacy. The prospect of bringing stories to life on screen, gracing the runways with her presence, or fighting for justice in a courtroom excites and motivates her.

One of Jadila’s significant accomplishments, which has fueled her confidence, is her victory in StarCentral magazine’s competition last year. This recognition served as a stepping stone, affirming her talent and potential. The experience gave her a boost of self-assurance, reinforcing her belief in her abilities as she continues to pursue her dreams.

Jadila Kay Namrawi is a remarkable year nine student, demonstrating exceptional talent and an unwavering drive to achieve her goals. Her diverse cultural background and confident demeanor contribute to her unique perspective and vibrant personality. With her passion for performing arts, modeling, and her dreams of becoming an actress, model, or attorney, Jadila is poised to make a significant impact in the industry. As she continues to pursue her passions, she serves as an inspiration to aspiring young individuals, reminding them to embrace their talents and pursue their dreams with unwavering confidence.

StarCentral Kids recently had the opportunity to interview Jadila, providing an exclusive glimpse into her life and aspirations. During the interview, she shared her passion for acting and modeling, emphasizing the fulfillment she derives from these artistic pursuits. Jadila’s determination, coupled with her innate talent and unwavering dedication, sets her on a promising path toward success in the entertainment industry. Here’s what went down:

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How did you get into the modelling industry?

Through my mum’s mutual friends and when I did my first ever fashion show, then I started joining more events and started to realise this could actually be one of my passions.

What do you like most about being a model?

Modeling can be a phenomenal career with many benefits, such as I can express myself in numerous ways. It’s not just about the looks, clothing, and the work. It’s also that I can influence people worldwide that they have the potential to be a model.

The downside to being a model?

I believe there are no downsides to being a model, but when you lack confidence while modelling it can really impact you as a model.

What has been the most memorable experience in the modelling industry so far?

Every moment in the modeling industry has been cherished, and I can’t wait to keep creating more. Although when I won last year for StarCentral, it really boosted my confidence level.

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

Everybody in the modelling industry are so incredibly interesting, supportive, and heartwarming, and I can’t wait to meet more people.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

“ Work Smarter, Not Harder” If you picture it in a different mindset, you can understand anybody can achieve anything.

What are your future plans?

To become a future actor and model or lawyer and to keep creating the best memories with my family, friends, and my passions.

Introducing The Rising Star Behind The Latest Issue Of StarCentral Kids: Dj Jazzy

Download NowDJ Jazzy is an emerging artist, singer, songwriter, producer, and dancer based in Sydney, Australia.

The talented musician is quickly making waves with the younger generations through her unparalleled sound, style, and message. Through her emotion-filled vocal performances, DJ Jazzy radiates raw emotion through upbeat instrumentation that delivers empowering messages. The Australian multi-talented artist seeks to connect intimately through her music with young people and radiate a message of confidence onto them. DJ Jazzy will have listeners engulfed in the musical world she creates with her realness.

Founder of the development program Day Dreamers, DJ Jazzy trains young aspiring dancers and singers to achieve their dreams. Moreover, her video series Chase the Dream takes the audience on a journey of DJ Jazzy’s experiences within the entertainment industry. She is an all-rounded entertainer to watch as she is set to cement herself in the music industry and in the hearts of many for years to come.

StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with DJ Jazzy to discuss her journey in the music industry, and here’s what went down:

How did you get started in the music industry? How were you actually ‘discovered’?

I have been in the music industry since I was 4. Both my mom and dad were creators of a kids’ pop group called “The Star Girls,” which I was a part of. The Star Girls were Aria Nominated and had number 1 hits in Australia, plus toured across Australia and The United States. I was Twinkle Star in the group, and ever since then, I knew that I wanted to be a performer.

What do you like most about singing?

It’s funny because the thing that I most love about singing is the part where I get to perform! I love singing, but I love being on stage the most.

What inspires you to be creative?

So many things inspire me, and they can happen at any moment. I can be inspired by other artists when I see a live show while listening to music, and the list goes on. I am filled with creativity.

Is there anything special that you do to get into a creative mindset?

Creativity just happens naturally, and when you get that spark, you need to focus on it. But there are many moments where I have to force creativity as my work revolves around being creative. Depending on what it is, I have different techniques to get a spark going. If I am songwriting, I love looking at quotes on Pinterest. If it is producing music, listening to samples really get the vibes going for me. If it’s photography, again, Pinterest is my best friend in giving me ideas.

What message, if any, do you try to put into your work?

I am filled with positive messages! I’m super passionate about mental and physical health, and I try to get these messages across through my lyrics and shows. I really love embracing being different, being who you want to be, loving yourself, and feeling confident. So many people have adversities that can be tough to deal with. My messages are not about focusing on the things you can’t control but looking at the things you can.

What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far?

Nothing has been able to beat touring Australia and the United States when I was a part of “The Start Girls.” I loved being in different places, staying at different hotels, and performing non-stop. I hope I can do that as DJ Jazzy very soon, and it’s 100% a goal of mine!

Do you ever find yourself unable to express your creativity to the fullest? What kinds of things inhibit you?

I have an amazing team behind me, especially my parents, who support me in everything I do. I have never felt there has been anything holding me back from my creativity, and I am very lucky to be able to say that.

Who is your greatest influence?

My mom and dad are my biggest influence. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I take after them in everything I do.

Do you feel that you chose your “passion,” or did it choose you?

It chose me. I have been singing, dancing, and performing before I could even walk and talk. I was always songwriting, scriptwriting, filming, animating, creating music, and so on. I naturally gravitated to it all from such a young age.

If you hadn’t chosen your field, what would your alternate field have been?

I love designing and creating concepts for homes. I probably would have been some type of interior designer.

What is your future? Inside your career or out of it.

I plan to make 2023 the biggest year of my life. I want to build up my development program, “The Day Dreamers,” for young performers. I want to pack out the year with live shows and also get my body feeling the fittest and healthiest it’s ever been! I want to feel strong, feel healthy and take my career to the next level!

Meet The Rising Star Behind The Latest Issue Of StarCentral Kids: The Amazing Winston Vengapally

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A scroll through Winston Vengapally’s Instagram says it all. This up-and-coming child actor has all the animation, life, and prowess of his mega-watt mother; serial entrepreneur and social media influencer, Meeta Vengapally.

The Vengapally family recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue the acting careers of Winston and Sitara, and as it turns out, they both hit the ground running in Hollywood.

Winston’s acting chops on the screen have been appearing up a lot lately. It all began with Pop Evil’s music video for “Be Legendary,” where Winston played the young version of the lead singer, Leigh Kakaty. The music video is riotous and inspiring, and Winston’s performance steals the show at several moments. Similar to his Instagram, the young actor proves that he has the nuance and skill to express himself with a presence that is very rare in child actors. This kind of inspired performance also appears on “Never Have I Ever,” a popular Netflix series where Winston had a guest-starring role.

The very charming Door Dash commercial, which continues to run on all the NBA and MLB finals games, ends with Winston jumping on his bed, excited for his order and exuding a state of young exuberance that is effortless and puts a smile on your face. His Go Daddy commercial is another lighthearted hit, and to put things into perspective; he booked this job with his sister, Sitara. Recently, he made his debut on the Dhar Mann series and has been asked to return for several more episodes since its debut.

So, when we say that the Vengapally kids hit the ground running in Hollywood, we mean it!

As with any child prodigy, success doesn’t come out of anywhere. Hard work and mentorship have brought him to where he is today. The 13-year-old is achieving things that many can only dream of, but practice and intention have kept him on the move and favored by casting directors in the City of Angels. He’s highly praised by the directors and producers he has worked with. In fact, a writer and producer for a hit series for whom Winston auditioned for said: “Winston is a natural; his comedy and improv abilities are more honed in than some of the seasoned celebrities we work with here .” Door Dash commercial director Clay Weiner along with casting directors Krisha Bullock and Jamie Snow ( Bullock & Snow Casting) have been key mentors for Winston, who have taught him the importance of acting; the fact that acting is an art, so he needs to keep working on his craft and pursuing his dreams (Bullock & Snow Casting is a well-respected team in the industry, focusing on children’s television shows and comedies). Other influential people who have taken Winston under their wings include Howard Meltzer, Joey Paul Jensen, AHC Casting, and Catherine Stroud. Being able to train with such a brilliant group of experts continues to shape Winston’s foundation as an actor.

Everyone is familiar with the famous actress Mindy Kaling of The Office, who happens to be the producer of Never Have I Ever. The actress, comedian, writer, and producer was responsible for casting Winston to play co-star in the new upcoming season.

Dhar Mann knew that Winston was the right actor for his series after the feedback received from the audience from his first video, which went viral and has accumulated over 11 million views. The kid has shot more than six episodes in less than a month – there is definitely no slowing down for Winston Vengapally!

One of the most crucial turning points in Winston’s new journey stems from when famous casting directors Sally Stiner and Barbie Block got Winston closer than ever to his big break last year. He was one of the last in a long string of actors who were considered for a role in the Netflix movie Home Team. This process entailed six to seven meetings that proved Winston’s talent and highlighted how the entertainment industry, in the end, is very much about talent as well as looks and physicality. Is someone the right fit to play someone else’s parent or sibling? This entire experience has helped Winston to tackle every audition and meeting with an open mind and from the point of view of being the best actor, he could be. In the end, many factors that are out of an actor’s control play a part in the decision-making process.

This brings up another topic which Winston’s rising star gives voice to: children of color have fewer opportunities in the entertainment industry, but that doesn’t stop this child actor from being constantly invited into the room, proving to directors and casting directors that diversity in casting isn’t about optics, it’s about discovering talent that would otherwise be overlooked. Putting himself in the spotlight repeatedly proves that Winston not only has conviction but also has the chops, training, and mentorship to back it up.

StarCentral Kids sat down with Winston to ask some questions about his rising star status and what he hopes for the future and here’s what went down:

Winston, you’re on a roll at the moment; well done! Many people in the industry are talking about how well your career is going. What is your favorite part about acting?

I really like playing different characters and expressing different feelings. Each new part I get to play is different, and I like to think about what my character is going through. I also get to meet a ton of amazing people who are creative and inspire me so much to keep working on my craft. I work with so many talented people, and that’s really cool. It’s weird that so many people see what I do on screen.

You’ve worked with and met so many industry experts. What have they taught you?

Everyone I’ve met has been super nice to me. From casting directors to producers to fellow actors, they all offer something I can learn from. The casting directors and film directors are mentors to me because they show me how everything works, making it easier for me to act and not worry about anything else. They encourage me, so I know I’m doing good and should just do what my instincts tell me. Sometimes it’s scary because I work with a lot of people who are considered famous and respected by everyone in Hollywood.

Do you ever get intimidated when you meet powerful people in the industry?

At first, I did. Like, I know someone is special and important. But my mentors taught me just to be myself, and if I get nervous, it’s okay because being myself is the most important thing everyone wants from me. Even the important people tell me to be me, making me more comfortable with being creative.

How has your life been after moving to Los Angeles? Is it hard to balance your career and school?

It’s busy, I think! I am usually doing homework on set these days, so I am used to it now. I guess it’s good that I have school work because it’s something to do while I wait on set. I also love to shoot around the hoops, so I do that when I am free on the weekends.

You’ve worked with your sister Sitara before. Is that fun to do?

It is fun because we’re really close. We can play games and stuff on the set. We’re different actors, but we tell each other we did a good job when the day is over. Sometimes I don’t feel like telling her that, but my mom makes me, hah!

That’s too funny! Sitara, while we have you, would you say that you and your brother have different acting styles?

Sitara: We both have fun, and it makes me happy he’s doing a good job. We both do a lot of work, and I am proud of my brother because he’s really focused even when I think he’s weird.

Last question. Winston, what is your biggest future dream here in Hollywood?

I want to do more movies. I just love being on the set and playing different characters. I love cool stories a lot, and it seems like doing movies, you’d get to be in the best stories. And I’d like to be in stories that people think are really important. Also, I am not sure if I mentioned this, but one of my favourite things to work on is learning how to do an Indian accent. I don’t have an accent naturally, but I work on learning to speak in an Indian accent because it’s fun. I try to come up with new jokes and practice with my friends and family; they get a kick out of it. It would be so cool to be on a show where I get to showcase that.

Meet The Global Phenomenon Behind The Latest Issue Of StarCentral Kids: The Talented Vlad & Niki

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“Vlad & Niki” is the global preschool phenomenon and the number 1 boys channel on YouTube, starring the imaginative personalities and antics of brothers Vlad and Niki, who are showcased in non-stop fun and crazy adventures. Since launching on YouTube in 2018, “Vlad & Niki” has attracted more than 266+ million subscribers worldwide, 83+ million subscribers to their English Channel, and 154+ billion views while averaging five billion monthly views on 21 channels and translated into 18 languages. Their mobile apps have surpassed more than 100,000,000 downloads. Each episode is produced with a creative mix of live-action, animation, and music to create comedic videos for the preschool demographic. “Vlad & Niki” is the property of Content Media Group FZC, LLC, headed by co-founders Sergey and Victoria Vashketov, the parents of global superstar kidfluencers Vlad and Niki.

“Vlad & Niki” continues to be well received by critics as well as the public as the dynamic duo captured three more prestigious awards, including being named ‘Best Web Series for Kids’ by the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA); winning the Shorty Awards honor for “Best Influencers & Celebrity YouTube Campaign;” 43rd Annual Telly Awards’ “Silver Winner in Children’s Video;” 26th Annual Webby Awards “Honoree in the 2022 Social Category;” 42nd Annual Telly Awards’ “Bronze Winner in the General Children’s Online;” International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences’ 10th Annual Lovie Awards “Outstanding Work Shortlist” category. Their Zuru Toy’ Surprise Egg” won the silver prize in Toy Shop’s UK’s 2021 Independent Toy Awards Silver Prize in ‘License of the Year’ category.

In April 2022, Vlad & Niki began streaming on HBO Max, and they are expanding their family with a new baby this Fall.

StarCentral Kids recently caught up with Vlad and Niki’s mother, and co-star Victoria Vashketova to discuss their journey in the social media world, and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourselves and how you started?

‘Vlad & Niki’ started as a family hobby. Vlad saw other boys making videos and asked us if we could make our own. Our dad started shooting fun videos on the weekends when he wasn’t working. He would edit them in his spare time and then post them.

What are you both currently doing to maintain/grow your profile?

YouTube is our focus. We continue to create content kids love watching, and their parents approve. Each episode we produced is filled with an innovative mix of live-action, animation, and music.

We began in 2018 and now have 21 channels, translated into 18 languages. It is incredible; we have 266+ million subscribers worldwide (83+ million on our English channel). We published more than 300 videos and have a staggering 154+ billion views.

It’s important that we maintain an authentic voice of our personalities. We hope we are inspiring other families to play together on their own adventures.

What social media platforms do you usually use to increase your brand’s awareness?

Due to Vlad’s and Niki’s young age, we have to manage their social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook. They help us select photos and sayings, so we stay true to them. My husband Sergey and I each have our own Instagram profiles.

You can find us via our Instagram accounts:

Vlad @vlad.super.vlad

Niki @nikitoys_official

Victoria (me) @vsv_viki

Sergey @vashketov

Facebook @Vlad.and.Niki.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

Learning to say no and how to balance the kids and our time. We have had to decline some fabulous invitations and opportunities so that we do not burn the kids – or us.

What new project would you guys love to start?

We partnered with Zuru Toys and Playmates Toys, and it has been a long road to get them developed and finally in the stores and sold online – the toys are currently doing very well.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Believe that anything is possible and figure out how to accomplish it.

What advice would you give someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

Make sure the content you are creating is authentic. The audience/fans know when you aren’t being real.

Meet The Rising Star Behind The Latest Issue Of StarCentral Kids: The Talented Connor Dean

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Connor Dean started acting and modeling at the age of 4. He moved to LA and began booking small roles in short films and commercials. His breakout role was playing Butch the Bully in the Cool Cat movies starring Erik Estrada and Vivica A. Fox. This character has reached cult status creating video views in the millions along with a multitude of fan pages and memes. Connor was nominated for 2 Young Entertainer Awards for his work in Cool Cat and his recurring role in Fox’s hit drama 9-1-1, starring the incomparable Angela Bassett and Peter Krause. His leading role in Jingle Trails, now streaming on Amazon Prime, garnered him another nomination and win for Best Lead Actor. Connor is a philanthropist and celebrity ambassador, using his platform to help such organizations as Starlight Children’s Hospital, St. Baldricks, and SNPLA. At just 18, he is the CEO of his own production company, Penny Arcade Pictures, which has several projects in pre-production. Connor is an elite, competitive tennis player training 20+ hours per week outside of the entertainment industry. In his “off” time, he enjoys gaming, playing piano, and drawing.

StarCentral Kids recently caught up with Connor to discuss his journey as an actor and here’s what went down:

Can you tell us more about yourself? How did you get started in the entertainment industry?

I was born in Florida and moved to Los Angeles when I was about eight years old. My older brother was an actor, and I had to tag along with him on his auditions. I decided I might as well start auditioning, too, since I had to be at the casting offices anyway. I found I really liked it, so I started taking classes, got an agent, and the rest is history.

What do you like most about acting?

What I like most about acting is that it gives me a chance to play different characters. I like reading a script and finding my own interpretation of the character to make it my own. I also love that acting has allowed me to meet many interesting people and have amazing experiences that I might otherwise not have been able to if I had not become an actor.

What are your weak points when it comes to acting? How do you try to improve them?

I think my weak points when it comes to acting is a lack of confidence. Sometimes I do not think I am good enough to play certain roles, but I always love to challenge myself. I had an acting teacher tell me, “what you believe you can achieve,” Whenever I feel like I am not good enough, I try to remember those words and use them to motivate me to reach my potential.

What are your strong points as an actor?

I think my strong points as an actor are the fact that I am willing to try anything the director asks me to do. I always put my faith in the director and know that they want me to be my very best. Some actors are stubborn and only do the role the way they want to do it, but I feel that the director also has a vision for the role, and it is important to work together to make the project the best it can be.

What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?

I have learned a lot from the directors that I have worked with, but I have learned to trust them most of all! I also learned that actors sometimes make the best directors because they have been in your shoes and know what you are going through.

Photo Credit: Rodin Eckenroth

What are some of the difficulties of the acting business?

Some of the difficulties in the acting business are the amount of rejection an actor sometimes faces daily. As an actor, you hear “no” much more than you hear “yes,” which is difficult. It can really hurt your confidence as an actor and as a person. I’ve learned through the years not to take rejection to heart. There are many reasons why you don’t book the job, and none of it has to do with you as a person.

What’s challenging about bringing a script to life?

The most challenging thing about bringing a script to life is deciding how you want to interpret the script and the character. Sometimes, your idea for the character differs from what the writer or director envisioned, so you have to change your thinking.

What do you do when you’re not filming?

I am a competitive tennis player, so I am training or competing when I’m not filming. I also like to write scripts, practice my piano or guitar, and play video games with my friends.

Photo Credit: Rodin Eckenroth

What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far?

My most memorable experience so far has been working on the set of Fox’s show 9-1-1. It was interesting to see how the different disaster parts were filmed and edited together to make the episodes.

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

I have met so many interesting people, from tennis legends such as Jimmy Connors or Andy Roddick to Hollywood legends such as Rich Little, Marion Ross, and Lily Tomlin. I’ve met musicians such as Ceelo Green, Billy Idol, and Julian Lennon. I have been fortunate to meet so many wonderful people. It truly is one of my favorite things about working in the industry.

If someone is going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?

That would be hard to say! I wouldn’t mind Tom Holland playing me in the movie of my life (laughs)!

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

I plan to go to college and study screenwriting and sports broadcasting as well as play college tennis. I have also started a production company with my brother, Penny Arcade Pictures, and we are working on producing some projects in 2022.

Photo Credit: Rodin Eckenroth

Meet The Rising Star Behind The Latest Issue Of StarCentral Kids: The Talented Scarlett Bella Song

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Scarlett Bella Song is a 13-year-old dancer, actress, model, social media influencer – and, most recently, a jewelry designer and entrepreneur!

Scarlett is an artistic individual; she likes to create and perform. She goes through life observing things through her own lens, and she takes inspiration from the world around her. She has expressed herself through dancing, acting, and art throughout her life. Recently, she applied her creativity to co-design a 15-piece jewelry collection. She recently discovered that she enjoys translating her ideas, feelings, and values into tangible beauty that she can share with the world.

Scarlett also takes her education very seriously. She’s college-bound and aspires to launch multiple successful businesses and cultivate a personal brand. She recognizes that it takes a combination of business acumen, talent, dedication, and vision to be successful, so she’s committed to growing her skills and realizing her potential in various facets (dance, design, business, etc.).

Ultimately, Scarlett aspires to leave a legacy and sustainable businesses behind for new voices to catapult to the next level. StarCentral Magazine recently caught up with Scarlett to discuss her journey in the industry, and here’s what went down:

When did your entrepreneurial flair first reveal itself?

My entrepreneurial flair vaguely revealed itself when I was five or six years old. Like many of my peers, I wanted to sell lemonade, wash cars, hold garage sales, and sell hand-me-downs on eBay. At the time, my interests were commonplace and probably didn’t really signify a true entrepreneurial spirit. However, once I saw my entertainment idols building personal brands and sustainable businesses (fashion, fragrances, makeup, etc.), it clicked in my mind that I could become both an entertainer and entrepreneur. In my mind, the two were becoming inextricably linked.

How did your life look like before being an entrepreneur?

I’ve been training to realize my full potential as a student and dancer for most of my life. I was always on a path towards a future destination.

A typical day in my life consists of school, followed by hours of training in a dance studio.

My day still consists of these staples – but now my day is longer as I explore new talents, interests, and business ventures.

As an entrepreneur/creative, what is it that motivates and drives you?

I have an inherent need to express myself creatively, and I’m still finding new vehicles to do so. Most recently, I took up photography as an elective at school, and my teacher encouraged me to pursue it more seriously going forward.

While I enjoy sharing my love for fashion and entertainment on social media, my underlying motivation for building my social media platform is to propel my sense of purpose: to spread kindness, empowerment, and collaboration throughout the teen community. The jewelry I helped design reflects these sentiments and physically manifests the energy I wish to send out into the world.

In one word, describe your life as an entrepreneur/creative and explain why.

One word to describe my life is freedom.

I feel like I’m my authentic self when I can create based on my personal story. I’ve always done this through dance and recently started doing this through photography and jewelry design.

My aspiration is for my creations to fuel viable business ventures.

What were your top three motivations for starting your business?

(1) I felt disconnected during quarantine, and I wanted to create a vehicle to connect to others and create a supportive community.

(2) I was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime, and I seized it. I realized I might never get an opportunity like it ever again.

(3) I want to take on projects that demonstrate that we can achieve results in a humanitarian way.

We were in the midst of the pandemic, and I had been on Zoom school at home for over a year. I was feeling disconnected and yearned to connect more closely with my friends. I realized that I was not alone in my feelings, and I wanted to send messages of love and empowerment into the world.

The form these messages took were 15 pieces of jewelry that comprise the Annie X Scarlett teen jewelry collection. I hope that each person who wears a piece from the collection feels like they received a heartfelt hug from us. I want them to feel the love and deep meaning infused into each piece. Hopefully, the jewelry will unite us and help create an inclusive community where we uplift and support each other.

The most authentic way to become an entrepreneur is to find an unmet need in the marketplace and develop products/services to best meet that needs in a meaningful and enduring way. I felt the need to connect to others during the pandemic and set out on my first entrepreneurial venture to meet that need.

Ultimately, all of my future business endeavors will begin with a sense of purpose that reflects my values.

Do you think you can make this business successful?

We just launched our collection, so our success right now is just making it through all the loops we encountered over nine months to bring the collection to market. Now, we reset the bar to measure actual success in terms of sales, recouping our investment, and making a profit.

I hope the collection is a success because I have so many creative ideas flowing in my mind, and I would like to double – down and pursue another entrepreneurial venture.

What would you say are the key elements for starting and running a successful business?

I am still learning what it takes to operate a successful business, but some essential elements I learned include:

A. You need to both understand your market and find a gap in that space that you can fill.

B. You need to scope out the competition, understand what they are selling, and find a meaningful way to distinguish yourself from them. Otherwise, if your product looks the same as all others without any meaningful distinction (and you can’t make them cheaper and sell them for less than your competitors), you will face a brutal battle for your customer’s share of wallet.

C. You need to do your research and set your price point appropriately.

D. You need to design products or services with strong appeal to your target market to increase your chances of success.

E. Finally, I firmly believe that you need to engender your customer’s trust. Therefore, as a small business owner, I believe it is essential to build your brand because it will set expectations and make promises to your customers.

What are the three biggest challenges you have faced growing the business and how did you overcome them?

Challenge 1: My personal challenge is that my target customers are predominately my peers on social media. My peers and I started at the same place years ago, and it is a challenge to change the relationship into a business-customer relationship. I need to figure out how to overcome the underlying one-sided competitiveness so we can support each other in our endeavors.

Challenge 2: I had to learn everything from scratch. It was rewarding, but it was a truly immersive endeavor while balancing school and dance training.

Challenge 3: It was a struggle to pair down all of our initial ideas to create a clear path forward!

What do you hope to see happen in the near future for small businesses and creatives all over the world?

I hope small businesses band together and harness their collective power to encourage customers to shop from small businesses and creatives. If we are fractured with infighting, we miss out on the opportunities to shift customer mindsets and change their shopping habits to support small businesses.