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Hey Gavin!! Lets start off by pointing out that you are only 11 years old and have already made a huge name for yourself in the entertainment industry. What has been your reaction to all the support you’ve been getting?
OMG!! I’ve been blessed on so many levels! My whole team is awesome. I just am in shock with the amount of attention my new song is getting Holla Back.
What led you to try acting in the first place?
My older brother Justin was an actor and when I was little I saw one of his old short films I knew I wanted to do the same thing I’ve been singing bieber since I was 4 and my mom still has the tape when I sang baby (:
What’s your parents and friends thoughts on your acting career?
My family is my rock. My mom quit everything to be a part of this journey and my dad works full time, but sneaks some time off to always be a part of what he can. I’ve gained so many industry friends and support groups with kids in entertainment. I’ve also home schooled the last year and lost many friends and that was tough. I always keep the door open for those friends to come back in and understand why I’m doing what I do. It’s tough.
You are well known for hosting WHEN SPORTS COLLIDE on Dreamworks TV & for the BRAVO series MINOR RENOVATIONS. Can you explain what these two shows are about and what you do on each show?
Yes! When sports collide is a show kinda like dude perfect, but with kids. I met my best friend delijah mcalpin and his family because of this show. We did 12 episodes and we turned regular sports into our own versions of the game by for instance making giant gumballs for a ball for baseball it was super fun!!!!
Minor renovations is a cool show where kids design others homes and surprise the owners. It was so fun and I made so many friends … I love to design and make rooms colorful and full of life so for me it was a artist’s dream come true.
What do you like about being on one of the only shows that star kids on HGTV?
Way cool I hope it gets picked up in the U.S. soon! It proves kids can be designers too and provides inspirations to the younger generations.
You also are a series regular on RECKLESS JULIETS. Can you tell us about the part you play on this show?
Yes, I play young parker whose a little smarty pants that always gets into the business of his sisters dating life.
Can you explain the process you have had to go through to get these acting jobs?
Lots of coaching and then more coaching. Then headshots updated and building your rolodex of friends and casting directors of connections. It really is a commitment for both myself and my family. I love doing what I do and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to now be able to share my music with others and my acting. I’ve been pretty close to getting lead roles where I’m on the 5th or 6th audition and then its down to me and someone else and then you don’t get it. It can be very frustrating, but I know it all leads to the next time and I’m confident I’ll get the lead role soon (:
You also started your own YouTube Channel recently! What inspired you to start YouTube?
Oh well it kinda was by accident. I obviously have a love for filming and since I was 6 or 7 I have loved writing scripts. I started making puppets and doing puppet shows then made a parody puppet of myself and it kicked off from there. I’m a comedian by nature, so I did that until recently when I started singing. So my channel now, will be mostly cool music videos with some surprise guests. I have so many people who inspired me, but Jeff dunham was a major one.
What can we expect to see on your channel?
Lots of pranks and really funny stuff, BUT also lots of music and my own original songs. “Holla Back” is out in 2 weeks!!!
Do you have any other talents other than acting?
I still want to win a gold medal is gymnastics. I love everything about the tumbling portion. I can do triple back flips and rings pretty well. I also snowboard black diamonds and downhill mountain bike oh and skateboard ramps .. Singing is my passion right now I write my own music along with my producer and it’s a blast. I hope to be touring soon!
What’s an average day like for you?
Planning my next Sunday episodes on YOUTUBE, going to dance class, acting classes, and to my producer to make more music twice a week. I also am on auditions a lot! If I’m not auditioning or planning, I’m on set!
What social media channel do you use most to stay connected to your fans?
Instagram gavinmagnusofficial is a huge one for me
YOUTUBE gavin magnus
Facebook gavin magnus
Have you had any crazy fan encounters?
OMG yes the other day I went live and I was asked to guest a couple fans and when I did they were balling crying and shaking I couldn’t believe I had that impact it was so surreal.
Do you have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Thank you for being there because as I say on my youtube without you I wouldn’t be where I am and lastly stay tuned for my new hit song “Hollaback” in a couple weeks …I’ll be on tour in no time.
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview 🙂