Hannah McCloud is an actress, known for Tenured (2015) and Revenge (2015). She was born in Los Angeles, California where she lives with her mother, father, older brother, and younger sister. Hannah began acting professionally in 2013, and has had both leading and supporting roles in acclaimed short films, award winning feature film, and television. During her career, she has also appeared in national commercials and print campaigns such as Kohl's, Chevy, Gap, and became one of the "faces' for the Gap 2015/2016 national & international "Hello" campaign. In addition, Hannah has performed in numerous dance recitals and in various theater and chorus productions in venues at The Madrid Theater, Schoenberg Hall, and The Broad Theater in Santa Monica - Productions such as Tangled, Annie, Grease and School House Rock in which she had several singing solos. Her love of acting, theater, and singing also led her to audition for, and land a spot in, the prestigious National Children's Chorus, which eventually led to an invitation to perform at both Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center in New York City.
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What are the projects that you are currently working on?
Currently, I have one project in development, which I’m not allowed to talk about yet, and one that I’m finishing up.
Please tell us what do you feel is your biggest achievement?
This is always such a hard question to answer because I feel that every project I work on is a great achievement. But, definitely, one of the highlights was last year when I was nominated for best supporting actress at the San Diego Film Awards for “Go Out in Violet Waters”, and won. I never thought I would win, especially since I was up against two very talented adult actresses.
Besides acting, what are you passionate about? I’m passionate about singing too. I’m always singing around the house, in the car, or when I’m out. Actually, I trained with, and was part of, The National Children’s Choir for a year. I was even invited to perform at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, along with a few others who were selected from the NCC, but could not go because I was filming.
How do you prepare for a role? How I prepare depends on the type of role, but usually I will first research anything I can about the character, and then I will also get professional coaching to help me really develop the character farther.
Why and when did you decide to start your acing career? When I was about 5 years old I used to watch this kids show called “The Upside Down Show”. It was one of my favorite shows at the time, and there was this girl on it who was my favorite character. So, one day I told my mom that I wanted to be on T.V., and I would beg her and tell her everyday that I wanted to be an actress.
If you could travel the world with anyone whom would you take? That’s a hard question because there are a few people I would want to take… like my best friend, my mom, my sister.
Please tell us what do you feel is the biggest challenge in your career? Well, there are a few challenges to be honest. For example, preparing for an audition and not getting the role. But I also realize that me not landing a specific role is simply because I wasn’t the right fit for it, not because of my acting ability. I see every audition as an opportunity to grow and learn from, and I have fun in the process of it all.
So many young actresses are committed to public service, setting a great example for their peers in terms of being involved with charities and the community. What causes are important to you, and what do you do to support them? There are so many great charities out there doing some amazing things. Some of my favorite ones are Children’s hospital LA, Love your melon, and WildAid. I’ve attended industry charity events to help raise funds and awareness, and I also help raise awareness through social media in various ways.
As a teen actress, how do you strike the balance between schoolwork and your career? Well, this can be tricky, but since I’m homeschooled I have a lot more flexibility, so it’s easier because I can get through my lessons in about three hours. Having this flexibility also allows me to get ahead in my school work, which is ideal since I just never know when I might book something and have to travel, or may have an event to attend.
If you were not a teen actress, what would you be up to now? I don’t think things would be too much different. I would most likely be involved in drama and dance, and I would be hanging out with my friends.
If you have the chance to choose any other stars at your age to be your classmate, whom would you like to? There are a few of my actor/actress/singer friends who I would love to have as classmates: Amiah Miller, Vivian Hicks, Aidan Gallagher, Molly Jackson, Aubrey Miller, Isabella Canepa, B.J. Tanner, and Sloane Segal to name a few. They are all very talented and inspiring fellow industry friends.
Can you tell us a little about your recent project, “The Aidan Show”? The Aidan show is a YouTube series produced by actor, Aidan Gallagher that showcases emerging teen bands and vocal talent in the Los Angeles area. We attended an event together presented by “Valentines Rocks” party by Rock your Hair that had many young vocal artists such as Carson Lueders, Johny Orlando, Vivian Hicks, Hayden Summerall and Ruby Jay to name a few, and Aidan asked me if I would co-host some of the artist interviews with him for his show.
How was it working with Aidan Gallagher on “The Aidan Show”? How do you feel about him? It was a great experience and lots of fun working with him on this, and I hope to do more. Aidan is a very hard worker, very professional, and is super smart with a sense of humor that’s like mine. He’s also an ambassador to several environmental organizations, and he’s been nominated two years in a row for Kids Choice Awards for favorite male T.V. actor, and his show on Nickelodeon has been picked up for a fourth season. I mean what’s there not to like about him… he’s an all around great guy and very inspiring!
How can your fans interact with you online? And what’s your fan mail address: I have several ways that fans can interact with me using social media. I have a Facebook page (Hannah McCloud), Instagram (hannahgmccloud), snapchat (Hannah.mc6), website (hannahmccloud.com), and on YouTube (Hannah McCloud). I can also be found on IMDB, Backstage, and Famous Birthdays. Fan mail address can be found at Fanmail.biz (Hannah McCloud).
Now for my last question: what do you want to say to those who wish to pursue their careers in Hollywood? I say go for it! But prepare to work hard and be persistent. Don’t let others define your dream for you, take charge and define it yourself. There will always be challenges, but don’t give up! Always be professional, polite and stay grounded.
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