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I’ve always known what I’ve wanted to do with my life; be a performer like the kids on television. I wanted to act, dance, model and sing. However, I was painfully shy and was pretty much afraid of everything and everyone. Finally, when I was seven years old, I told my mom what I wanted to do. She took me seriously and promised me if I did everything she challenged me to; I would star in the school musical the next year. I honestly didn’t think it was possible but decided to trust her. Over the year, she pushed me way outside of my comfort zone; making me do things that terrified me sometimes, I was successful, and other times I failed, but I always tried. I not only starred in the school musical, but I was a signed model and danced competitively by the time the year ended.
Makhyli, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Kid or teenager managed by parents?
After many tough lessons in building my confidence, I was ready to pour all of that confidence into learning everything I could to be everything I aspired to be; the best I could at this dream that wouldn’t let me sleep. I studied acting, took voice and dance lessons, I read articles and watched industry videos. I studied and practised without being told to. As my mother watched my confidence and talents develop she realised just how serious I was and I realised how dedicated she was. Therefore, she started looking into opportunities for me to share my talents and gifts and started to manage my career. She taught me about branding, presence, poise, confidence and gratitude so I could be well rounded. People started to recognise me, and I started to land some unique opportunities. My passion has always been to be a performer/entertainer; It’s what I was born to do, who I am. Even when it’s hard, when I don’t get the part or job, I still can’t ever imagine myself doing anything else. I am inspired by so many things; support, encouragement, my journey, but most of all by never doubting this path.
Who is your inspiration in life Makhyli? How do you keep inspired?
The feeling I get when I’m on the stage or set doing what I love to do inspires me. Sharing my gifts and watching people be inspired or encouraged keeps me inspired. I also stay inspired by watching people doing things they don’t love just because it’s easy. I think that’s so sad and I feel so blessed that I have an opportunity to experience what feels like a miracle!
We all make mistakes Makhyli; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Kid or teenager managed by parents; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
As I turned into a teenager, I found my mother, my biggest supporter, the person who sacrificed everything for me, worked tirelessly for me and loved me with her whole heart, super annoying! I started to get snarky with her, and I didn’t want to listen to anything she told me because I wanted to do things my way; even when the way was right. I wanted to challenge everything she said, every idea she had or critique she made. I would sometimes be rude purposely even when she was doing what was best for me; it started to push her away and jeopardised my career and most importantly our relationship. My mom is the only person I have; I don’t have a relationship with my dad, and I have no grandparents; it’s just her and I. My mom has poured so much love into me and teaches me every lesson I need to not only be successful in my career but life. I honestly don’t know why I treated her the way I did, but I know for sure she doesn’t deserve to be treated that way and I work on being a better person every day.
Makhyli, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Kid or teenager managed by parents, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I don’t work with a large number of clients, but I have had conflicts before. Of course, my mother deals with this, but she generally has me do the work of who we committed to first; integrity is important, and regardless of pay or experience, it’s important to do what you say you will do.
Please tell us Makhyli, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Kid or teenager managed by parents?
I currently attend school online. At the beginning of the year, we had a lot of technical difficulties and upgrades with the system; I ended up falling way behind in all of my classes. I knew I couldn’t get a work permit with the grades, so I had to reach out to all of my teachers, explain my situation and figure out what I needed to do in order to get all of my grades up. (my mom leaves this up to me, school is 100% my responsibility). I had to work through weekends, parties and Thanksgiving break to catch up before travelling to LA for agency meetings.
Makhyli, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
One day, while doing a self-taped audition, my mom and I got into a really bad fight because she wanted me to read a certain way, but I wanted to try something different. Finally, she gave up and allowed me to do it how I wanted. I got a callback, and now she is more open to my suggestions.
Makhyli, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Kid or teenager managed by parents. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I travelled 2.5 hours to attend my first paid commercial audition when I was ten years old. As we walked towards the building, a teen boy came out swearing about his audition and complaining about the casting director. When I walked in the building, a girl rushed passed us crying, and her mom was chasing behind her. As we set in the lobby, people kept leaving out of the room either angry or crying. After watching this, I started to get really afraid, and I started to panic, and my mom wanted to leave; which made me panic even more. As she got up to leave, I started to cry, partially because I was afraid to stay, but mostly because I was afraid to leave. The assistant came out and gave us sides to read, and I completely freaked out because I knew I wouldn’t memorise them before she called me in. My mom took me to the bathroom and explained to me that we could go home; I started to cry even harder and begin hyperventilating as I begged her not to make me leave. My mom lost it and started to drag me out of the bathroom and tell me how I wasn’t ready; we took on too much too fast. I refused to pick up my feet and bared down when she tried to pick me up. I pleaded with her to let me stay. She gave in and allowed me to sit in the lobby, reading the sides as tears continued to stream down my face. The assistant came out and called me; I was terrified. My mom’s friend came in with me because my mom was too emotional; he read as my father. The casting director’s face lit up like a Christmas tree, and she went out to everyone in the waiting room and told them to leave, she found who she was looking for. At that moment, not only was I so proud of myself for not leaving or giving up doing the hardest thing I had ever done, but it was a moment of confirmation for my mother and myself; I was serious and ready to follow my dreams no matter what.
Makhyli, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I recently co-wrote a song for an educational company; they hired me to sing the song and perform it in a music video. They allowed me to be as creative as I wanted during the entire process, which was very difficult for me. I was used to getting some direction, which I needed for the choreography of my first video. I didn’t know how much movement was too much or too little for the camera; I wasn’t sure if I was making moves they liked. No one stopped me or corrected me; they just left everything up to me. My mom finally pulled me to the side between shots and told me I needed more energy and bigger moves. I went back on set and did what she said, so I thought. She came again and told me I needed to step it up. When the camera came back on, I couldn’t do it, I felt like I would look stupid and wild, so I kept at a comfortable pace. When I saw the project, I watched it wishing I had just gone all out, that I had dug just a little deeper and stepped outside of the comfortable pace. After watching it, I promised myself I would next time and all future times!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Kid or teenager managed by parents?
Only do it if you absolutely love it! It is a lot of fun, but it’s also just as much, if not more, hard work. If you don’t feel like practising or if you never take the initiative to grow or learn, it’s probably not for you. Also, it’s probably really hard for your parents, so do the best you can and make it as easy as possible by doing your part and pulling your own weight. You shouldn’t do it if they have to carry you to your dreams!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I would love to be a brand ambassador or model. I am in love with creative photography; the stuff that tells a story or can be looked at like art. I also love fashion, being a model for a conscious bold brand would be a dream!
Andre Michael Photography 1st two pictures, Stephen Smith