"Girls, be nice to each other. Build each other up rather than tear each other down. There is power in numbers!" - Lizzie White
Today we're putting the spotlight on Lizzie White! We loved seeing Lizzie in our shirts and after speaking with her, we learned just how bold this little babe is.
Lizzie is currently in Los Angeles pursuing an acting career, but she's also a normal middle school student. From dealing with bullies to juggling auditions and homework, she sure stays busy!
Luckily, she was able to make time to chat with us about life as an actress and student and her advice for other girls. Keep kicking butt, Lizzie!
Every Ella: Hi Lizzie! Tell me about yourself.
Lizzie White: I'm Lizzie and I'm 11 years old. I'll be 12 in October. I was born in North Scottsdale, Arizona and moved to Los Angeles in January 2014. We actually moved here on January 1, 2014, and started off a brand new year with an exciting adventure. In addition to acting, I'm a singer and an ice skater. When I lived in Arizona, I skated competitively and would wake up early 3 days a week to get to the ice rink for 6:30am practice and then went to school right after. There wasn't as much acting in Arizona.
Now that I live in LA, the acting and singing has pretty much taken over, but I do continue to ice skate. It's how I keep myself grounded. I LOVE to step on the ice and leave the world behind for 30-60 minutes. It's so freeing. Working on my skills and improving really shows me that hard work does pay off. Sometimes acting takes a bit longer to realize that the hard work pays off.
Did you always want to be an actress?
I have wanted to be an actress since I was 3 years old. Yes, really! I was in pre-school and would watch cartoons while I got ready for school. One morning, I remember telling my mom that I wanted to be on TV. The weird thing is that I didn't really watch shows with people, but I still knew I wanted to be on TV. So I told my mom every day for days and days and days until she overheard a friend talking about an acting school. The school was close to where I lived so we stopped by and signed me up for classes. One of my acting coaches had a friend who was an agent and she said we'd be a good fit. Eventually we met and it was like I'd known her forever. We "clicked" and she signed me just before I was 5. It is because of her that I came to LA in the first place. I will always be thankful to her for helping me get started on this amazing journey.
How do you balance school and acting? Is it hard to do both?
Balancing school and acting can be really hard sometimes! I am not home schooled. I go to normal, regular public school and I love it. It lets me be a real kid. I get to have a normal life that is not all about acting AND I get to have my acting life. I have lots of friends who are home schooled or who go to an alternative type of school and that works for them, but what works for me is having both separate lives. But it's still tough sometimes. I have having to leave school early or miss school for a job, because it makes my school life harder and people think that I'm slacking or being irresponsible. I'm always honest about why I'm missing school though. I never fib and say I have a doctor's appointment or that I'm sick because I have an audition or job. I find that my teachers do understand and respect the fact that I'm being honest and responsible about my acting career. Sometimes after school when everyone else goes home to do homework, I run off to an audition or to singing/acting class and I don't get home until 8:00pm. Those nights are usually late nights, because I have to get my homework done. If I don't do well in school, I know that I will not be able to act because the state of California will not renew my acting permit. Also, my parents would not allow it.
What is the most challenging part of being in middle school?
I love being in middle school. It's definitely more challenging and there is much more responsibility, but I like that. It makes me realize that I'm growing up. With growing up there are many more opportunities that go along with the additional responsibility. What I find challenging is that not everyone understands that taking on more responsibility is a good thing. I hear a lot of people complaining or see them being lazy. These people are sometimes the ones who start making trouble and bullying.
How did you handle bullies or people who aren't so nice?
Bullying is tough. I remember during the first week of school when I was in kindergarden, there was a girl on the playground who was being bullied by a first grader. I didn't know her but I could see that she was scared and sad about to cry, so I went over to her and told the bully to pick on someone her own size. I didn't realize then that I was standing up to a bully! I was just telling a mean kid to stop. I made a new friend that day, but I also learned that it's important that we watch out for each other, because by standing together against bullies we can stop the behavior.
Sometimes it's easy to just look the other way and not be involved when you see someone being bullied. But what happens if that's how you handle bullying and someone starts to bully you? I have experienced my fair share of being bullied by girls at school, as well as online. I've tried to figure out what makes a person want to bully someone else… or to just be mean. What I think I'e come up with is that usually the bully is jealous or not happy with his or her own life. They find it's easier to try to make someone else feel bad by making mean comments to them or posting mean things about them than it is to look at their own life and figure out how to improve or change it.
What is the biggest dream you could imagine for your future?
I would love to be an actress who makes several huge movies each year; has her own TV show; and tours with her singing career. I don't act and sing because I want to be famous tough. I act because it's a part of who I am. I love doing what I do and I want to inspire people and make people laugh and sometimes cry. The biggest dream an athlete can have is to make it to the Olympics, so the biggest dream an actor or singer can have is to be hugely successful. The biggest dream that I can imagine for my future is not only about an amazing career though. My real dream is to have a career while also having family and friends who I can trust and love and support me.
Name one female who has inspired you.
Meryl Streep is an amazingly talented and beautiful actress who I find to be truly inspiring. Recently, I discovered that she has only been turned down for two roles in her entire career. She is known for being a perfectionist when she prepares for a role and she's great with accents. I always try my hardest in preparing for a role. I develop my character, analyze my script and create my backstory. I also love playing with accents. I like to think that I can do pretty good British, Irish, Australian, Russian and Swedish accents. I hope that some day I can meet Meryl Streep. Who knows, maybe someday I will inspire someone like she has inspired me.
What advice would you give other girls your age?
Girls, be nice to each other. Build each other up rather than tear each other down. There is power in numbers. If we all stick together and support each other, we'll go much further in life. I want to live each day as a happy and successful girl, confident in what I do; knowing that I gig emu best to school, my career and my activities; trying my hardest to please my parents, teachers and friends. I want people to smile and be happy to see me when I enter the room rather than look the other way pretending they don't see me. I want to live a HAPPY life. I choose to be HAPPY!
My advice to every girl in the world is to find what makes you happy and follow the path towards your passion. Help each other and surround yourself with friends who are positive and want to pursue their passions too. Live each and every day to the best of your ability and choose to be HAPPY!
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