Young Prodigy Talent Training Student Signs with Agent, Heads to California to Pursue Career
Only weeks after becoming a student at Prodigy Talent Training in Rockledge, Port St. John resident, A.J. Peters, 12, was signed by Los Angeles-based talent manager Ryan Glasgow and appeared in the short film “Hostile,” directed by Djuan Ballinger. In January, Peters will travel to California to compete with other young actors for television roles.
Only weeks after becoming a student at Prodigy Talent Training in Rockledge, the 12-year-old Port St. John resident was signed by Los Angeles-based talent manager Ryan Glasgow and appeared in the short film “Hostile,” directed by Djuan Ballinger.
In January, Peters will travel to California to compete with other young actors for television roles.
“It’s always looked like a good career field, but it was unknown and it was also unpredictable,” said Peters, who became interested in acting after appearing in several productions at the Titsuville Playhouse, including “Sleeping Beauty,” “101 Dalmatians” “High School Musical” and “Aladdin.” “I just started with theater because it was a good way to occupy my time, and I was told I should start doing acting because I was good at theater.
“I’ve been interested in film and TV acting since this summer. But it seems like a good field. I just did a mini movie and it was fun to be on set. It was a good experience and I think I’m definitely interested at this point.”
Peters' mother, Shannon, said she was advised by other parents to explore more acting opportunities for her son. After becoming a student in August under the tutelage of Jonathan McFadden, owner of Prodigy Talent Training, Peters attended Glasgow’s two-day workshop for aspiring actors in October and caught the talent manager’s eye.
“First and foremost, he’s just a really good actor,” Glasgow said. “People can either act or they can't and he’s just a natural.”
After signing with Glasgow, Peters appeared as Danny in the short film “Hostile,” a crime drama currently in post-production and set for release in January. That appearance got Peters in the actors’ union and listed at IMDB, the Internet Movie Database, his mother said.
Peters said he’s scheduled to work with Ballinger on a future project, In the meantime, he hopes to land a role on a show that becomes a future hit.
“I think my dream show would probably be something that’s nonexistent right now that later on becomes a big hit like ‘The Big Bang Theory,’” said Peters, who lists Zac Efron and Kristen Bell among his favorite stars. “A comedy and drama together would be really fun to be part of.”
As his acting opportunities increase, Peters is learning to strike a balance between school, acting and other pursuits.
“I need to get my school work in,” he said. “I do soccer and I still do theater, and balancing that is hard. But if I can follow my schedule correctly and get in a routine, I think I’ll be able to handle it.”
For more about Peters, go to AJPeterslife.com or contact McFadden at 321-693-8438.
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Prodigy Talent Training is a full-service studio featuring a variety of skills taught in each class, including improv, acting techniques, scene study, auditioning and practice with cold readings. Other tips include how to book yourself, help with your headshot, filming production of your class scenes to be made into a promotional reel and much more. Prodigy owner Jonathan McFadden's students have appeared on Broadway, in commercials, USANetwork's "Graceland," and in such films as "The Hunger Games," the "Divergent" series, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," and many more. Prodigy Talent Training is now accepting new students. For more information, call McFadden at 321-693-8438 or email him at Jonathan@ProdigyTalentTraining.com. Prodigy can be found on Facebook at Prodigy Talent Training and on Instagram at prodigy_talent_training.
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