“Focus on the shape of your mind rather than the shape of your body”
Ava Morse is a 15 year old accomplished singer, songwriter, musician, actress, and dancer. In February 2019 Ava released her first EP of original songs titled “Close My Eyes’. Ava’s voice will be heard in two upcoming animated feature films currently in production and planned for release in 2021 & 2022.
Growing up, Ava navigated between two worlds. One being a typical youth attending school in the suburbs of Chicago; and the other one acting including a long list of stage productions, and thereafter on screen. Her passion for the arts continued including local singing competitions such as Naperville’s Singing at the Fling, where she set a record as the time winner under the age of 12. She’s gone on to write and release her own originals and covers awarding her with over 70K streams on multiple platforms. Ava also plays A LOT of instruments! Her bubbly personality and energy are contagious and Ava uses her voice through her music when it comes to her own generation, social media, and pop culture! BTCF has been thrilled to have Ava perform for the past two years in our Elements of Expression Artist Series. We are looking forward to more from Ava!!
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GG Townson is a Los Angeles native actress whereas entertainment is the family business. Her grandfather, Ronald Townson, was a founding member of the iconic 1960's vocal group The 5th Dimension. Currently, GG can be seen starring as the iconic hip hop artist, “Salt” in the highly anticipated Lifetime biopic, Salt-N-Pepa! She also has the recurring role of Lil Jewel in CW’s hit show series All American. Adding to her long list of credits, GG stars in the upcoming comedy feature film, Welcome Matt.
Nathalie Rodriguez is an 18-year-old very busy up and coming Los Angeles based photographer. Her photography has shown her great value and patience for creating. While both working as a photographer and attending college, it has also taught her responsibility, and the need for balance and motivation. Nathalie is a featured photographer for Orenda Media Magazine!
Imani McGee Stafford is a professional basketball player who plays at the Center position for the Dallas Wings in the WNBA. She grew up in Los Angeles whereas basketball played a prominent role within her family roots. During Imani’s first year in college, she was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year and continued to create an outstanding college and professional career. She has been AP All-American, All Big 12 first Team, and 10th overall pick in the 2016 WBA draft, among many other amazing accomplishments. Imani has been pro since 2016 and currently taking a hiatus for law school!
Trinity Rose is a professional singer, songwriter, musician, and storyteller. At the age of 13, she was the youngest contestant to ever appear on NBC’s “The Voice” and went on to be one of eight high school teens in the country to be chose not once, but twice for Grammy Camp! Her very soulful and rich vocals in addition to her beautiful guitar playing produce a variety of creative musical textures, dynamics, and genres.
Aria Brooks is an actress, singer, dancer, filmmaker, writer, producer, editor, director, and overall creator! Presently, you can catch her as a series regular on the Nickelodeon TV show, “All That”, starring in the awarding-winning feature film, “Harriet”, and make sure to check out her YouTube channel, It’s Aria Brooks. This is one young powerhouse, a role model, and wise beyond her years! To meet Aria in person is a wonderful thing, to chat with her is jaw-dropping, and to watch her create and perform is an extension of her intelligence, creativity, passion, beauty, and kindness. She is who she appears to be – truly authentic and a complete joy to be around. Aria Brooks is making waves in both film and television as well as her own work. Click here for Aria’s interview.
Amy Kathleen Lee is a former pre-professional classical ballet dancer, eating disorder and suicide survivor. She started her own nonprofit called Dancing with ED Inc. in 2013 to address eating disorders in dance. Amy also works as a mental health trainer, speaker, using personal story and human connection as an avenue to healing. She is a Q.P.R. Suicide Prevention Trainer through the QPR Institute, a National Council of Behavioral Health YMHFA Instructor, and a Member of the Suicide Prevention Council of San Luis Obispo County.
Jenna Rose Simon is a professional artist and author, eating disorder advocate, & teacher. When one of her drawings went viral, she found herself quickly being featured on numerous media outlets and programs including ABC news and Good Morning America. Before she knew it, her work had created deep thought-provoking world impact.
“By acknowledging the power of others’ presence, we begin seeing and listening to one another and we, individually are more and more willing to be seen and heard.” BTCF sat down and chatted with International Dance Master Teacher/Choreographer and Breaking The Chains Foundation Board Member, Alex Little to discuss everything “7 Chairs, her creative process, and what inspires her! Click here for Alex’s feature interview.
Established in March 2017 by Mike Collins and Laura Schuler, ShockBoxx continues to host several emerging artist group shows and solo shows each month and has become a destination for those seeking a night of culture in the South Bay. Showcasing themes that are rarely found elsewhere. ShockBoxx features artists in popup style shows which always leaves patrons wishing for more.
On television, Emmy Award winning actress, Carolyn Hennesy has dazzled as the deliciously vicious “Penelope Ellis” on ABC’s critically acclaimed series REVENGE. She also joined the cast for the fifth season of the sleek vampires-meet-world saga, TRUE BLOOD, and fast became a fan favorite as Rosalyn, the ageless vamp with a Texas twang. Prior to REVNEGE and TRUE BLOOD, Hennesy was best known for her memorable work as “Barb” on ABC’s COUGAR TOWN and for her Emmy nominated work as “Diane Miller” on ABC’s GENERAL HOSPITAL.