MEET CHARLI MATTES.
Charli is 13 years old, and lives in Los Angeles. Charlis story is one of determination, passion , and overcoming tough situations, turning them into positive learning experiences which she has grown from.
Charli is a dancer and actor. She has been dancing since she was 6 years old, but became more serious about her dancing at the age of 8. Charli's focusing more on acting now, because she realizes the importance of being diverse with your skills and abilites. (She also began acting at the age of 8.)
KEEP READING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CHARLI, HER PASSIONS AND DREAMS, AS WELL AS A POWERFUL MESSAGE TO GIRLS.
Her first job was a modelling job for a stuffed animal company called "Hannah's kittens"
SINCE THEN, CHARLI HAS LANDED VARIOUS ROLES, INCLUDING A ROLE IN "11 ANGRY TEENS." WHICH YOU CAN FIND BELOW.
CHARLI RECENTLY SIGNED WITH AN AGENT, WHO SHE HAS BEEN WITH FOR 4 MONTHS. SHE SAID IT IS A LENGTHY PROCESS TRYING TO CHOOSE AN AGENCY TO WORK WITH, BECAUSE AGENTS LOOK FOR THE GIRLS WITH THE BIGGEST RESUMES AND THE MOST EXPERIENCE TO JOIN THEIR AGENCY. FOR SOMEONE WHO IS JUST STARTING OUT, AND DOESNT HAVE A HUGE RESUME, IT IS MUCH MORE DIFFICULT.
YOU HAVE TO SUBMIT A HEADSHOT AND RESUME, AND FROM THERE YOU MAY GET A CHANCE TO GO IN FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AGENT. THE AGENCY WILL DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT TO SIGN YOU. YOU HAVE TO LOOK OVER CONTRACTS VERY THOROUGHLY TO MAKE SURE YOU AGREE WITH EVERYTHING THEY ARE GOING TO BE DOING FOR YOU.
CHARLI SAYS SHE GETS TO MEET NEW PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME WITH ACTING. EVERY WEEK THERE ARE KIDS FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD COMING IN TO HER ACTING CLASSES.
(Charli dances 2-3hrs a week, now that she is focusing more on her acting career).
HOW DOES DANCING MAKE YOU FEEL?
I DANCE HOW I FEEL. IF I AM FEELING ENERGETIC OR EXCITED, I LIKE TO DO HIPHOP OR JAZZ, IF I AM FEELING MORE ON THE SAD SIDE, I DANCE LYRICAL OR CONTEMPORARY... I AM ABLE TO DANCE FOR MYSELF, NOT CARING WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK OF ME. WHEN I DANCE IT IS A TIME FOR MYSELF.
WHEN CHARLI WAS IN GRADE 6, SHE WAS BULLIED BY A TEACHER. "IT TORE ME TO PIECES. EVERY TIME I WALKED OUT OF THAT CLASSROOM I FELT LIKE NOTHING. I COULD TELL IT WAS ONLY DIRECTED TOWARDS ME. HE WOULD MAKE ME FEEL LIKE LESS OF A PERSON EVERY SINGLE DAY.
HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THIS?
I LEARNED HOW TO SPEAK UP FOR MYSELF.. I LEARNED THAT YOU CAN NOT LET PEOPLE STEP ON YOU. YOU DESERVE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF RESPECT FROM EVERY SINGLE PERSON YOU ARE IN CONTACT WITH. I WAS PART OF A PROGRAM AT CAMP BULLYPROOF, CALLED BULLYBUSTERS, WHICH WAS PUT ON BY KETA MEGGETT. SHE ALWAYS TOLD THAT I AM GREAT, I CAN GET THROUGH THIS, I AM STRONG. THIS REALLY HELPED ME TO GET THROUGH THE HARD TIMES.
CHARLI OUTSIDE OF ACTING
Charli attends Halstrom Academy for schooling, which allows her to be more flexible with her school scheduling. She has the option of completing classes online, through skype calls, or attending her classes in person.
Food: Mac n Cheese
Snack: Dried Apple chips, brownies, Ice cream
School elective: Photography
CHARLI'S MAIN GOAL IS TO LEAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE WORLD. SHE DOESN'T JUST WANT TO BE A FAMOUS ACTOR- SHE WANTS TO MAKE SURE SHE HAS DONE SOMETHING IMPORTANT THAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. "WHETHER ITS THE SMALLEST THING, OR THE BIGGEST THING." SHE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A CAREER IN ACTING, AS WELL AS TEACHING KIDS THAT THEY DO HAVE A VOICE- THAT THEY CAN AND SHOULD SPEAK UP FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN. SHE WOULD LIKE TO TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA IN A POSITIVE WAY, AS WELL AS DO PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR VARIOUS TOPICS.
CHARLI WORKS HARD 24/7. SHE UNDERSTANDS THAT YOU HAVE TO WORK IN ORDER TO IMPROVE AND LEARN.
HER MESSAGE TO ALL GIRLS:
DONT BE AFRAID TO SPEAK UP.
YOU CAN FOLLOW CHARLI ON INSTAGRAM @CHARLI.LILI