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19 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Leilani Brosnan filmed an episode of The Neighbors and has a large resume of theatrical, commercial, and print work. This year she has worked for Nickelodeon, Kohl’s, petitePARADE and you may have spotted her in your local Guess Factory store too!

1. How did you get involved with the Looking Ahead program run by SAG?

I think my mom got an email from Looking Ahead about joining so we did! I have gone to about 12 events and they are all fabulous! We have done Lazer Tag, visited farms, done charity work and had picnics among other things.

2. What has been your favorite trip to attend with them?

My favorite Looking Ahead event was the Knott’s Berry Farm day even though I had to leave early for an audition! Commitment!

3. What was your time on set like shooting Under Armour for Kohl’s?

We shot Under Amour at a school track field in the heat! There were a few other kids shooting with me so that made it fun. We did many athletic poses and played mini games while they shot us modeling adorable new styles for Kohl’s. The weird thing is – it was well paid but I have only seen one photo used from that shoot – I guess I should be happy though since it was of me!

4. Do you have a favorite shot you did for your petitePARADE editorial?

Shooting the editorial for petitParade was probably my favorite job so far this year and we all did it for free! We sailed out on a yacht from Marina Del Rey out into the ocean with some nice other kids and really cool nautical style fashions from the best designers! Some of the shots were a bit scary since we were going pretty fast and I tend to get sea sick! Luckily I didn’t this time and the shots turned out really great! Wish I could do more shoots like this one.

5. How do you choose your wardrobe for your photoshoots with Rachel Images?

Rachel Images does all the amazing styling for the shoots with really cool clothes and accessories and props. Sometimes she asks us to bring a few items like basic shoes or tops but mostly Rachel does everything like making unbelievable crowns out of shells, headpieces from bird feathers and the last shoot her sister came and did some unusual braiding of my hair! There is no other photographer out there like her and now she is in demand worldwide and flies to Russia to shoot, etc.

6. How did you enjoy shooting for Guess Factory?

I think I shot for Guess Factory about 3 times this year so people are going to be sick of seeing me in the store windows all around the world! They are really the nicest company to shoot for out there. We usually shoot the factory photos in their headquarters in downtown LA which is massive and I don’t even think I have been in all the buildings! We always arrive to an amazing breakfast and relaxed atmosphere. Their jobs are No Stress just fun! We seen to wrap fairly quickly so the only bad thing is that my mom usually makes me go to school after.

7. What was the experience like auditioning for a lead role for a Disney project?

Getting to audition at the Disney Studios with the actual Disney casting staff is always a huge honor even if you know they have probably already cast the role before they even see you! It’s just nice to be asked! And I guess you never know!

8. What was the best part of filming your Origami Artist segment for Nickelodeon?

The kids they picked for the Nickelodeon shoot were all really cute and extremely talented. I can’t wait to see the commercial which is taking a really long time to produce! I think it will be called something like “You Be You” so be sure to watch for it!

9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with this year?

Always the GUESS staff – there is none better out there.

10. What has been your favorite project to work on this year?

My favorite project so far this year? Hmmm….actually they were all great and the year’s not over yet!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

In closing I will say that filming editorial with jimjam.jimjam for their Instagram account was really fun and different and the photos turned out to be amazing! I am also doing a shoot for a Mermaid calendar which will be pretty fun. Also, middle school has been so challenging that we really had to cut back on my auditions and jobs this year which has been unfortunate for my bank account but mainly because working is a lot more fun than going to school!

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22 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Brianni Walker not only has appeared in an episode of The Neighbors, but has done work in film, television, commercials, hosting and more. You may have seen her episode of Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat, and as a reporter for FTS Kids News she has spoken with many of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

1. How did you get started acting?

I started at the age of 4 1/2. My grandmother decided I had a special gift after I recited the Pledge of allegiance, a ceremony for President Obama was elected into office.

2. What was your time on set like working on The Neighbors?

My time on set of The Neighbors was really cool. I took part in their silly talent show.

3. What was the best part of filming for Sam & Cat?

Every day was the best. I’m was such a huge fan of Sam & Cat. I often told my grandmother, one day I wanted to be on it. Next thing I knew I auditioned and got the part. It was so cool filming Sam & Cat. I was proud of myself going to Nickelodeon studio daily. I had my name on the dressing room. Everyone spoiled me.

4. How did you enjoy being on set with Jennette McCurdy?

Jennette McCurdy mostly stayed in her dressing room didn’t really mingle, she was silly at times. But Ariana Grande were very protective. She would sing, showed me around the set. Most fun ever!

5. What has the experience been like being a reporter for FTS Kids News?

FTS opened doors for me to work with HipHop Real Estate. I’m able to interview A list actors & singers.

6. Do you have a favorite segment you have worked on?

My favorite segment is with Kevin Frazier from Entertainment Tonight & Anthony Anderson from black-ish. It was a Luncheon with Anthony Anderson, Kevin Fraiser told me to stay away from Anthony Anderson and called me Dr. Brianni Walker, and compared me to Oprah Winfrey. Anthony Anderson was very silly. He had promised to put me on black-ish. My other segment was 48th NAACP Image Awards. Interviewing Jussie Smollette, Cheryl Underwood, Loni Love, Aisha Tyler, Miles Brown, Lorretta Devine, Cris Phee the creator of Doc McStuffins, Well everyone was fabulous to interview. Such a wonderful time.

7. How cool was it to get to film a Chuck E Cheese commercial?

Chuck E. Cheese was my first national commercial. I was 8 years old when it aired. I was doing homework when it came on.. It was so weird watching myself on tv.

8. What was your reaction when you saw your Pfizer commercial air for the first time?

My reaction when I first saw Pfizer, I screamed, jumped up and down, and recited my lines and relived the scene. So funny!

9. Who have been some of your favorite people to work with?

Love working with Jennette McCurdy, Ariana Grande, Ben Affleck, Live By Night, Kevin Hart & Ed Helm on Captain Underpants, K.Michelle, Kenya Moore Music Video and Jason Cook, Days Of Our Lives (Shawn Douglas Brady)on his new film The Creatress.

10. What has been your favorite project to do so far?

My most favorite project was filming Niara. I play Imani, kidnapped in Kenya. The role was very challenging because I only had one line. It was all emotional. I had to learn how to spy and help kill foreigner visiting our country. Everything I’ve done was my favorite. I truly love interviewing celebrities, and working with new people. But I would have to say the No Bullying Campaign. We need to fight back against bullying. I enjoyed working and interviewing celebrities on the red carpet.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I hope to co-host with Kevin Frazier, Ellen Degeneres, Wendy Williams, Steve Harvey, The Real, The Talk. If you dream big, set goals, never take no as a setback. Keep going, God has something better for you.

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