Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Jaeda Naomie LeBlanc and I’m a 12-year-old actress and model. I was actually named after actress Jada Pinkett Smith and supermodel Naomi Campbell. I love acting, drawing, singing and playing video games. I also enjoy reading and writing, and am currently finishing writing my first short film.
How did you get your start in the acting industry?
I was five years old and thought the people in movies and on TV were so cool. One day, my mom brought me to an acting open call, and needless to say, I got scared and did not want to get in front of all those people. We left, but a couple months later, we went back to that same acting open call and I auditioned more confident than ever. That’s how I got into acting and never looked back!
You star in the new show on TVOKids called Super Mighty Makers. Tell us about the show.
Super Mighty Makers is about a group of kids who form a superhero team with DIY (Do It Yourself) powers. They help other kids by teaching them how to make a craft that they will give back to someone as an act of kindness. The show was created by marbiemedia and Jam Pie Media. It’s such a creative and fun show that’s great to watch with the little ones! It airs on TVOKids every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.
What drew you to your role in Super Mighty Makers?
I saw the audition and immediately loved the role! I thought that a show about making crafts for kindness was amazing, especially because I love being creative and making crafts. I was so excited to audition that I almost fell off the chair that I was sitting in!
Are you a crafty person at home?
Yes, I’m very crafty at home. My parents find pieces of felt all cut up or beads on the floor all the time!
Do you have any other projects coming up that you might be able to tell us about?
How do you balance your acting life with school work?
I honestly am so grateful for my parents. They help me a lot by driving me to auditions, practicing with me, taking time off from work when I’m filming, and so much more! My part seems so easy compared to theirs. It’s also hard to find people that understand the crazy world of acting, but I do have a few friends that I can count on and appreciate them so much. I don’t get to see them as much as I would like to because I’m often busy rehearsing, but I know that they get my busy schedule and want what’s best for me.
What goals do you have that you’d like to accomplish in the acting industry?
I want to become a respected actress with longevity. I also want to be a writer and a director, even if it’s just for a day! I’d love to act alongside Viola Davis and Oprah Winfrey, who are both such amazing actresses and human beings. My goal would be to see all my hopes and dreams come to life before I turn 18 years old.
What advice would you have for aspiring actors?
If you really want to become an actor, you have to keep auditioning, keep taking lessons and keep working at it. If it’s your God-given talent, you will know it and do everything you can to cultivate it. I often take risks in my auditions – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but I keep having fun and smile after it all. It might seem impossible, but if you keep your head up high and keep going, you’ll for sure accomplish your goals!
What’s your life like when you’re not acting?
I read a lot, play video games, sing, do improv, and do gymnastics. My favourite thing is being able to hang out with my friends while doing all the above.
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