At only 15 years old, Frankie McNellis is an up and coming rising star, initially from Canada but now lives here in Los Angeles. She was a main character in a hit Netflix film and is scheduled to perform on Broadway for “13: The Musical.” McNellis is a singer, dancer, and actor, a true triple threat. We are excited to see how she grows in her career and are looking forward to what she will star in next.
When did you know you wanted to be an actor/ musical performer and how did you get started?
I have been singing ever since I could talk. My parents put me in singing and dancing lessons at the age of 5. There was no specific moment where I realized that this is what I want to do. Every time I step on stage or get on camera, I just get butterflies.
Did you have a mentor growing up? And what role did that person play in your life and your career?
My vocal coach, Tracie Jones, has been one of my biggest role models in my career and life in general. She has the kindest heart and has always taught me to never give up. I wouldn’t be who I am without her.
Please tell us a little about your role in Honey Girls.
I play Alex in the film “Honey Girls.” Alex is a triple threat who loves playing basketball and performing. She’s confident and always looks out for her fellow Honey Girls.
How did you first hear about “13: The Musical”? And describe your experience on set.
I remember always watching videos of “13: The Musical” from when it was on Broadway in 2008. I’ve always been obsessed with the musical and Jason Robert Brown. Filming the movie was an absolute dream. Working with everyone on that set was amazing and so inspiring. All of my friends are so talented and I can’t wait for people to see the film!
What do you enjoy most about performing?
Every time I perform, I feel so powerful and it’s the best feeling ever. Almost like magic. I just love being able to do what I love to do for a living.
What are the most challenging parts of being a young actor?
For me personally, the hardest thing about being a child actor is not being able to work for hours and hours. I love being on set, and if I could have it my way, I would be working on something new every day. Even if it’s just a fitting!
What advice do you have for other young actors?
Never give up! Just because you’re young, doesn’t mean you don’t know what you’re doing. Some people may underestimate you, but as long as you know your worth and believe in yourself, you can do it.
How did you first get involved with music?
My dad is a musician, so growing up, I was always around music. He taught me how to play instruments and I’ve been doing it ever since.
What are some of your hobbies? What do you enjoy doing when not acting or singing?
I love dancing! I train and take classes with my friends ever week and it’s so fun.
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