Ciara Wilson is an actor, dancer and model born in Portland, Oregon. She began her career in the Pacific Northwest at the age of eight. At a young age, Ciara could be heard in numerous radio voiceover ads and seen in many local television commercials. At this time, she began her competitive dance career excelling in jazz, ballet, lyrical, tap and hip hop. A summer acting camp in California at the age of eleven opened up the opportunity to pursue her passions in Los Angeles.
Ciara has worked on a variety of exciting projects including commercials, music videos and television shows. She can be seen on Disney, Nickelodeon and DreamWorks TV. In addition, Ciara has worked on music videos with Chris Brown, Usher, Gucci Maine and Fifth Harmony.
Although she has enjoyed working on all her projects, guest starring as MMA fighter Vicki "Hot Head" Fuego on Disney Chanel's Bizaardvark was her most exciting challenge. Another favorite is the DreamWorks TV OMG! series. Ciara can be seen in over thirty sketch comedies playing the lead in List It Out Laura, Zen Jen and Cheerleaders. She loved each of these hilarious characters because the viewer can expect the unexpected!
In her free time, Ciara can be found spending time with friends and family, playing pickleball, taking a hip hop class at Millennium Dance Complex, playing guitar, and discovering new restaurants in Los Angeles.
Ciara is looking forward to more acting adventures in Los Angeles and to giving back to the community that has supported her. She is working with organizations that embrace individuality, inspires and empowers others, and make a positive difference in the world.
It is now the height of television pilot season and I am looking forward to sharing about the exciting opportunities ahead! I am also working on a creative dance concept video that will be posted to my social media soon. For now, you can catch me on Dance-Off Juniors and over thirty DreamworksTV sketches airing on Go90!
I believe my biggest achievement was my guest star role as martial arts prodigy Vicki “Hot Head” Fuego on the Disney Channel show Bizaardvark. Challenging myself by diving fully into a character very different from myself and perfecting my martial arts skills with a stunt coordinator on set are just two of the things that made this job incredibly unforgettable. Seeing my hard work air on national television was one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences I’ve ever had!
Besides acting, I am extremely passionate about dancing, singing, and expressing myself through any creative outlet I can find. However, I believe my true passion is impacting and inspiring others with my craft. I want to be a positive force, an inspiration, and a role model. I truly want to make a positive impact in as many people’s lives as I can and I love that my career path has given me the opportunity to do so.
My favorite part of acting is fully embodying the unique and exciting roles I get the opportunity to portray! I prepare for a role by filling out various worksheets and character trait questions that get me into their mindset. Sometimes I even write a journal entry from their point of view! Acting and preparing for auditions can be so much fun, I forget that it is work :)
I have always known I wanted to be a performer when I started dancing at age four. However, I started my acting career at the age of eight. I originally fell in love with the business while doing radio voiceovers and commercials in Portland, Oregon. Shortly after, I did an acting camp in Los Angeles, got discovered by an agency, came out to Hollywood, and the rest is history!
If I could travel the world with anyone, I would choose Kristen Bell. She is one of my all time favorite actresses and an overall really fun person! Her adventurous and daring side would make every destination on this world trip one to remember. During the long plane rides, I’d also love to hear her insight and advice about acting and the entertainment business.
I feel the biggest challenge in my acting career is constantly facing a large amount of rejection. We all know that most actors only book a small percentage of the auditions we go out for and a lot of the time it comes down to the right look, height, or age. That is why the key to success in this business is using that rejection as fuel for your passion. It should motivate you to work harder and achieve your goals. Once you have that positive mindset, there are no limits to your success.
Giving back to the community is an incredibly important aspect of my life and many young actors I am surrounded by as well. It is great to see our generation of entertainers using their platform to speak up about important topics. I have volunteered at the Northwest Children's Outreach often to donate and pick out clothes, books, and other necessities for underprivileged children. I am also a brand ambassador for the Izzy Be clothing line, which sends positive messages to today’s youth through fashion that inspires and empowers others and supports anti-bullying. In the future, I hope to create my own charity to raise awareness for causes that are important to me.
Schoolwork has always been a top priority for me throughout my entire career. It’s so important to keep up with your studies as a teen actress because that constant learning and new information can come in handy in the acting business! When I have a busy week of auditions, I always make time on the weekends to catch up on all my homework. When I have a slower week, I make it a point to get super ahead on my classwork, so I’m ready when the auditions pick up again.
If I were not a teen actress, I would be back in Portland, Oregon competing at competitions with Elite Dance Studio. I was a competition dancer in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Contemporary for five years before I came out to Los Angeles. That experience taught me so many things that I was able to bring to LA with me and use within my career.
There are so many incredible stars my age that I would love to get to know, but if I could choose any stars to be my classmate, I would choose Rowan Blanchard, Elle Fanning, and Nolan Gould. They are all incredibly talented as well as extremely intelligent. I look up to Rowan Blanchard in a sense that she uses her platform and celebrity status to advocate for social change. I would love to hear what they all have to say and I feel like they would make class so interesting!
Have you ever taken acting classes before? And do you think acting classes are necessary for aspiring teen actors and actresses?
I believe acting classes are EXTREMELY important in the career of an aspiring actor. With acting, like any other sport, you have to train and practice your craft. I take a variety of different scene study, on-camera, and improv acting classes to keep my skills sharp and expand my knowledge each day.
How can your fans interact with you online? And what’s your fan mail address?
My fans can interact with me through my various social media pages, my email, and my website. I love getting and responding to direct messages on my instagram, it is so rewarding to know that people are inspired by me and my work!
Twitter and Facebook: @ciarawilsonxo
Favorite Sport: Pickleball! (a sport kind of like tennis with wooden paddles and a wiffle ball!)
Favorite Music: The entire La La Land soundtrack (on repeat)
Travel Destination: Kauai, Hawaii
Favorite TV Show: Gossip Girl, Cutthroat Kitchen, Young & Hungry
Dream College: UCLA
15. What do you want to say to those who wish to pursue their careers in Hollywood?
There are going to hardships and obstacles in your road to success, but keep pushing forward and working hard. If this is what you are passionate about, then don’t ever doubt that you are meant to be here. Stay confident, believe in yourself, and keep a positive mindset. With that, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to!
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