Our Valley Santa Clarita July/August 2016 - Page 33

Rachel DeAngelis M y name is Rachel DeAngelis and I am 13 years old. Last August I was introduced to Santa Clarita School of Performing Arts through the Miss West Coast Pageant. When I walked into my first modeling class with Vano - I completely fell in love with it. Mr. Mike greeted me with open arms and made me feel like family. The next day, I registered for as many classes as I could. I felt like I just couldn’t get enough of SCSOPA. The teachers and staff are very knowledgeable about the industry and the instructors make it super fun. Saturdays are my favorite days because talent agencies hold auditions and many times there are different casting directors there too. My mother drives me about one hour to get to class. We both feel it is well worth it. I have taken different kinds of classes including voice over, improvisation, scene study, monologue, audition technique and my favorite, modeling. SCSOPA has taught me so much about how to act in front of the camera and how to prepare monologues. In the past year I have been featured in over 300 articles for modeling, community service and fashion designing. I was even seen in Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour Magazine. I have modeled in LA fashion week, Macys, Bello Sanchez, Noell store in downtown Los Angeles and I have modeled for designers Sherri Hill, Rachel Allen, Mignon, Nichol Miller, Lizaso and Blue Malibu featuring Stop Staring Dress and Phax Swimwear. In March, I signed with Peak Models and TMJ. This past weekend I walked the red carpet with my Miss West Coast Crown and had an opportunity to meet the reigning Miss USA. I can’t say enough about Santa Clarita School of Performing Arts and how it has opened up so many doors for me. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you SCSOPA!!!!