Stats: 16, junior at Yaldah Academy Homeschool in Sharon, Massachusetts
- Co-founder of Fountain of Youth Productions
- Silver Medal-National Medusa Mythology Exam
- Published author--short story selected in Dancing with the Pen: a collection of today's best youth writing by Dallas Woodburn
- Jewish Girl’s Retreat in Albany, New York
- Honorable Mention Photography
- Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
- Illustrated and wrote fictional journal for Yaldah Magazine (quarterly) over 2 years.
- Ballet dancer for 8 years
- Played piano since age 5
How it Began:
Audrey Larson doesn’t just picture her name in lights and imagine what life would be like on the big screen, she makes it happen. At the young age of 14, Audrey took it upon herself to see to it that her dreams become a reality by co-founding with her friend Shay Martin the Fountain of Youth Productions. At FYP, the two meshed together their resources to start-up an entertainment agency that showcases the talents of “kids” passionate about film-making, screenwriting, acting, directing, and producing.
Although Audrey is self-taught, she’s been able to score freelance work in video production throughout her community and she’s been accepted to the Academy of Dramatic Arts summer 2014 film/television program in New York City.
“Audrey was once a shy, self-conscious girl,” says her Camp Director Nechama Laber, who has watched her blossom into a “confident and expressive young woman” over the years.
Audrey is an aspiring actress, writer, photographer, and film-maker. During the past 2 years she began pursuing her acting more seriously by taking classes, workshops, and auditioning for local films. She has landed speaking and non-speaking roles in short films and TV movies, and is active in the New England Kid Actors Group.
Audrey was homeschooled by her mother, so that allowed the two of them to spend optimum time with one another and tailor-make Audrey’s learning.
Brond Larson and Evelyn Krieger admire their daughter Audrey’s ability to take initiative and tackle projects at large.
“She keeps steadily at it and figures out what she needs to do next. Perhaps related to this, I admire her perception; she is very good for her age at seeing things as they are,” says her dad.
As parents, Brond and Evelyn focused primarily on supporting their daughter’s interests, protecting her, and broaden her experiences in life.
“Trying to support all her interests from antiques to the acting,” says her Evelyn, “has meant a lot of driving on my part: ballet lessons, auditions, acting workshops, field trips.”
Parent to Parent:
With a combination of stressed education, encouragement, and nudges to take risks, Evelyn learned growing up the importance of “articulating my fears and coming up with a plan to address them.”
Brond on the other hand learned to develop a love for learning and was equipped with the knowledge “the good life does not require, nor necessarily follow from, material success; but that, at the same time, one cannot neglect the material as it has an impact on the life of the mind.”
Here’s some heart to heart advice from the two of them to help in your parenting:
“Don't be afraid to let them fail, though, I admit this is really tough. But only through falling down can they learn how to get up on their own and to figure out how not to stumble over that same block in the future. Try to really get to know your teen which means spending more time finding out what they'd like to do rather than telling them what to do,” says Evelyn.
“Trust that a path for now that has heart will lead to a good destination in the future. There are many paths to a good life, but no one giving general advice can say which is the right one for your child. That is your role,” says Brond.