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Sydney Park is yet another next generation actress who’s star is rising! At just 6 years old, she was the youngest person to ever perform stand-up comedy at the Hollywood Improv and by age 7, she had the character of “Sydney” written specifically for her on Disney’s “That’s So Raven,” starring Raven Symone. Since then, Sydney has had roles on “Entourage,” “Hannah Montana,” “The Sarah Silverman Program,” and “Gary Unmarried.” She also performed her stand-up comedy on “The Tonight Show,” “America’s Got Talent,” and “Chelsea Lately.” Currently, Sydney can be seen in “Spork” (directed by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant J.B. Ghuman Jr) premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival through May 1.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My parents because they never really got a chance to do what they wanted to do when they were young due to tough situations. My mom used to work at the Hollywood Improv as a Server and I would always come and hang out with the comics. I was only 6 years old when I decided to write a 3-minute set and hit the stage doing stand-up comedy. I became the youngest comedian ever at the Hollywood Improv. Only cool parents that let you do that! They are so loving and they let me be free to be me! I’ve always wanted to be an entertainer. I was born with the fever – acting, stand-up, dance, singing – it’s in my blood.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Wow – one person huh? I’d have to say Meryl Streep. She’s a master! My goal is to memorize all her scenes from “The Devil Wears Prada” – she is phenomenal! I love everything she does.

3. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I would choose to be a person that creates charity organizations for the children of the world. I have such compassion for families that go to bed hungry. I would love to do that someday. I must give back. No more hungry kids!

4. What has been the best advice you’ve received? When I do stand-up, I still get nervous before I go onstage. I would say, “What if I bomb?” or “What of I get heckled?” and my parents would pull me to the side and say “Baby, just make it to the mic!” It’s so true! The scariest thing to me is the walk to the stage – it seems so long for some reason. Once I’m up there, the world is mine! Great advice from my peeps. I use that for everything I do that might be difficult.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? That’s easy – Starbucks fo sho’! Don’t get me wrong, Dunkin’ Donuts can be off the hook too, but Starbucks is my jam. I order a grande vanilla bean with a decaf shot and whipped cream of course!

6. Favorite meal? Artichokes with butter and my mom’s “Black Mama Chicken” – with BBQ sauce and onions. Mmmmm….Good for the soul!

7. Favorite skin care product? Clean & Clear (Foaming Facial Cleanser). That keeps my skin clean and oil-free. Plus, it’s inexpensive!

8. Favorite TV Show? “Spongebob Squarepants” and “Glee.” I would be nothing without these shows!

9. Favorite website? Etsy.com – the best website in the world! You can buy anything on this site….and I mean anything!

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? I prefer Wonder Woman. I hate to be so obvious, but come on, she’s a beautiful chick that is strong and independent.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite store to shop in? I actually have two stores – Forever 21 and H&M.  I love their clothes and the prices super cool, plus I’m on a budget!

12. Favorite quote? “You are my glue and without you I’m nothing but broken pieces” I found this one on the iPod – free quotes app. I feel this way about my best friend Nya and my parents. Kind of mushy – I know, but so me 🙂

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Rachel Fox is another one of our next generation performers on the rise! It’s no wonder that she crosses many genres and generations with her television, film, music, theatre, and fashion talents! Rachel’s first break into television was playing the recurring character of “Buffy” on the hit Disney TV show “That’s So Raven” starring Raven Symone. Her gig on “That’s So Raven” lead to roles on Disney’s mega-hit “Hannah Montana” and the daytime Soap Opera “Passions.”  It wasn’t long after these gigs that Rachel made the leap into prime time television landing the roles of “Young Sydney” on “Alias” starring Jennifer Garner and Victor Garber and “Kayla Huntington” (the illegitimate daughter of “Tom Scavo,” played by Doug Savant) on ABC’s smash-hit “Desperate Housewives.”  In addition to television, Rachel has also starred in theatre productions of “Santa Goes Commercial,” “The Sound of Music,” “I Remember Mamma,” “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Currently, Rachel can be seen in the new movie “Spork” (directed by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant J.B. Ghuman Jr.) which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is running through May 1. Rachel is also working on her debut album and as well as hosting a Fashion Blog on her website, giving fashion advice while detailing the latest looks.  For much more on Rachel, be sure to visit: http://www.rachelgfox.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? When I was 5, I was in a play and it was love at first performance. I guess it was the act of acting that inspired me to become a performer. Each time I performed after that, whether it was for a photo shoot, a commercial, a voiceover, a tv show, or a movie, my passion for the acting grew and continues to grow. Along the way, there have been so many people who inspired me, but my first and strongest inspiration has come from performing itself.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There are so many. I’ve gotta sneak in an a couple of extras. The actor I’d love to work with is Meryl Streep. She is pure brilliance. Every time I watch her, I forget about all her previous characters and about who she is as a person. She commands every moment, creates her characters so they’re real, and she stays in character. She was genius in “The Devil Wears Prada” and in “Julie & Julia.” The second person I’d like to work with is Garry Marshall, the director of my favorite movie, “Pretty Woman.” I’d also love to work with Rob Reiner, who directed “A Few Good Men” and  “Princess Bride,” among other amazing movies.

3. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? This is my only choice. Acting, performing, playing music, dancing, and singing. It’s my only choice. If I have to choose something, which I’m saying I don’t want to but I will to answer this good question, my choice for another career if I wasn’t me is to be a venture capitalist. I’d like to take a look at different businesses that are really cool ideas and have great people running them, and invest money in those companies that I think are going to be very successful. I am not interested in owning any one single business, but investing in other ones. The stock market is interesting to me but it feels like I have to gamble and I don’t have control over a stock’s price. I’m not comfortable with letting other people decide if my money amount goes up or down.

4. What has been the best advice you’ve received? The best advice I’ve ever received is to become whatever I passionately want to become. My mom and dad have taught me to do what I was born to do, no matter what other people say or no matter what the obstacles are. Their advice has given me strength and laser focus.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks. We don’t have many, if any, Dunkin’ Donuts here in LA. I always order sugar-free, non-fat hazelnut frappachino, without whipped cream. I love their lemon bread and their coffee cake.

6. Favorite meal? I am a food lover! I never met a meal I didn’t love, except maybe liver. I’d have to say sushi, crab cakes, Chunky soup, and Lean Cuisines are my favorite meals. My most recent best sushi experience was at an incredible Japanese restaurant named “Ki.” The sushi was the freshest and best tasting and they had different kinds. One had asparagus and shrimp in a rice paper and I could have eaten 10 of them.

7. Favorite skin care product? I have sensitive skin. I use Murad cleanser for sensitive skin, BeautiControl toner that they don’t make anymore so I buy all the still-existing bottles from ebay, St. Ives apricot scrub, and Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer.

8. Favorite TV Show? This question is impossible to answer because I love so many tv shows for different reasons and so they all tie for first because they’re all great. Here they are in no special order….That 70s Show, Desperate Housewives, Glee, George Lopez, Fresh Prince, American Idol.

9. Favorite website? My favorite website is www.ultimate-guitar.com. I go there to learn new songs on guitar. Can I give you my website in this answer?  www.rachelgfox.com. I have a Fashion Blog and I answer questions that people write to me on my Ask the Fox page.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Not my generation…I know a little about Superman and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Wonder Woman so I’ll wait to know more about them before I answer.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite store to shop in? My favorite department store is Nordstroms. Their junior department has great clothes and shoes. My favorite store for dresses is bcbg. It stands for Bon Chic Bon Genre and it means good style, good taste. My SAG Awards dresses are from bcbg and the dress I wore to the Tribeca Film Festival (yeah!) is a bcbg dress. They have very unique dresses that fit me well.

12. Favorite quote?

I have two:

“Don’t waste your time living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” – Steve Jobs

“Pick a job that you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” – Author unknown

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On Wednesday, April 14, 2010, I attended the pre-screening of the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of “Spork,” written & directed by J.B. Ghuman Jr. “Spork” tells the story of an outcast named “Spork” who trying to navigate her way through junior high school while suffering through the ridicule & humiliation of being different. When a school dance contest provides “Spork” with a chance to show everyone what she’s got, her trailer park neighbors step in to help. With some booty-shaking moves, “Spork” shows us that being who you are is better than fitting in.

With a stellar cast, “Spork” makes all the right moves. Savannah Stehlin (“The Family Stone” and “Hannah Montana”) is perfectly cast as frizzy-haired outcast “Spork.” With emotion, conviction, & a certain innocence, Savannah shows the many layers to “Spork,” especially her vulnerability. Playing “Spork’s” neighbor & friend “Tootsie Roll” is the dynamic Sydney Park (“That’s So Raven”), who adds her own sass & spunk to the roll. Whenever Sydney is on-screen, a laugh was not far behind. No stranger to portraying bitchiness is Rachel Fox, who is nicely cast as “Betsy Byotch” (best known for her conniving role on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” as “Kayla,” the illegitimate daughter of “Tom Scavo,” played by Doug Savant). Getting one continuous laugh after another is the always hilarious & enjoyable Beth Grant as “Principal Tulip,” (best known for her role of “Sissy” in Del Shores‘ “Sordid Lives”). Making a brief appearance in the film is one of “Spork’s” producers Chad Allen as “Loogie,” a friend of “Spork’s Brother” (best known from “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman,” “Our House,”and “St Elsewhere”).

Written with heart & humor, “Spork” leaves you feeling good and reminds you the most important person you have to be is yourself. Be sure to catch “Spork” from April 24-May 1. For tickets and showtimes, click here!

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