Catriona Lamerique, Born in Manchester, England has always had an eye for Fashion. Growing up watching award shows and fashion shows always inspired her to one day work in the fashion industry. As a mum she is extremely humbled to be able to bring her love of both adult and child fashion together.
photographed and styled by OLESJA MUELLER
interviewed by CATRIONA LAMERIQUE
grooming by SARA DENMAN WITH CELESTINE AGENCY
Amiah Miller, an aspirational young actress with a heart of gold, started out at just ten years old with her first pilot which was an emotional drama. From there she has taken off where she says from filming “Clementine” was when she had realized this was a huge passion and direction for her.
She is such an ambition bright actress who has so much more in store for us. Amiah thoroughly enjoyed starring in the new movie “War of the Planet of the Apes” and is so appreciative to all of those influential people in her life who have given her some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
Catriona Lamerique: What was it that made you realize acting was the direction for you and when did it all begin?
Amiah Miller: Well, I was ten years old when I did my first pilot and it was called “Clementine”. And the script was an emotional drama, while we were performing it I loved every second and it was that where I kind of realized that’s what I want to do for the rest of my life.
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Born and raised in Southern California, Olivia Sanabia has been performing since such a young age of two years old. As she tells us in this excellent interview, it all started with singing whenever anyone would listen or where ever she found a stage. Her love of singing and acting eventually led to performances in Annie as the leading role, Annie. She also starred in Anastasia, Seussical, Fiddler on the Roof, and plenty others. Olivia first acting gig in her professional career was when she was eight years old; it was in a campaign with Jennifer Garner. Since the onset of her career, Olivia has starred in more than 25 commercials; she has featured for Disney, Nickelodeon, Ford, and many others. With her passion for dramatic acting, she has additionally studied the craft for both film and television for numerous years.
Olivia’s latest role is the part of Kelly in a new original series call Just Add Magic, about a magic cookbook where her and two of her best friends face challenges to overcome and save her grandmother. In her fun, lighthearted, entertaining and enjoyable interview, Olivia shares with us many significant facts about herself, including where she and her family enjoy taking trips, her love for cooking and inside knowledge about her homemade fondant making skills. We learned so much more about the rising star it was such a pleasure to interview her. We wish her every success with the incredibly successful career she has ahead of her. The moment I picked up the phone, her personality came through. It was the Friday after St. Patrick’s Day and we started off talking about it. She tells me she spent the holiday hanging with her siblings wearing green. We laughed and then dived into the interview.
Catriona Lamerique: Great! So, I see you, you were discovered very early on of your passion for singing and performing. Tell me a little more about that. Obviously, it’s very early. It’s about the same age as my son, two years old.
Olivia Sanabia: OMG that's crazy! Yes. So, I discovered my love for singing and performing once I was two years old. I would sing for anybody who would listen, you know, basically put on shows and perform for anybody that would watch. And I had always had that love and that passion. And so, when I was six years old I finally got to put it onto the stage. I was, and I fell in love with musicals. And I got to do, you know, a few theater productions with local theater groups. And that's what kind of made me fall in love with acting as well as singing. Now musicals is still a huge part of my life, even though I can't pursue it as much. So, after doing musicals for a little while, I transition into the acting business. And yeah, it's an amazing, incredible journeySo yeah, completely different from being on stage. You have to be able to turn that switch. There's a huge difference between stage acting, and of course, you know acting in film and stuff, but that's a really cool thing to know and to be able to kind of turn that on and off switch. I absolutely love it.
CL: Amazing! Now, I know one of your first big career moves was with Jennifer Garner, who I love. And one of my favorite movies was “13 Going on 30”!!! So, tell me more from all about the big campaign that was, that was the beginning of your big professional career, right?
OS: It was my first job that I had ever worked on, so it was really exciting, but at the time I was so young, I didn't really know who she was. My mom was freaking out. She is such a fan of her. So, I'm a little bummed out that I wasn't as aware of her work and her incredible talent. I kicked myself for not knowing much of her films when I had the ability to work with her. But she was fantastic. I just remember seeing her kindness towards everybody, and the way she carried herself and learning from that, and really that being my first job I was soaking up everything and trying to take advice and learning experiences from everything I did. I just remember going on set for my first time, and I'm truly falling in love with it. Working and being on the set, and being in front of a camera and just expressing myself through my passion. It was really cool. But now, I am in love with Jennifer Garner. I think she's an amazing lady. I love her work. I absolutely love “13 Going On 30”. And that was really cool for me to watch. Going back and seeing that I'm like oh I'm dying to work for her again. So hopefully someday.
CL: Oh, that's so nice to hear you say because, you see all these actresses and actors on the TV and you think, oh I wonder what they are really like in person? Jennifer Garner is an actress I feel like comes across on screen as she would in person. In her acting role, she is very genuine, and she's very nice, etc. I feel like if I ever met her in person that she would be just like that.
OS: Absolutely, that's what I remember from her.
CL: Yeah. That's so nice. Can you explain a little more about the campaign that you guys worked on, like what it entailed?
OS: Yes, it was just a print job that we were working on, and it was for so long ago, and it was all kind of like a whirlwind because I was so young. I haven't gotten to see the campaign yet. It was long ago and I kind of lost track of it, but it was a really cool experience, and I remember, we got to test out a few because we were placed in a kitchen during the campaign. It was a little bit of a hint of what I would fall in love with later in life because now I absolutely love cooking.
CL: I see that you have starred in many commercials which are quite fun. I heard that it was 24 - 25 commercials, is that correct?
OS: Yeah, I think, I owe a lot of my learning experiences to commercials. Some people might not want to do those at the beginning of their career, but I do. It gave me experiences, and I got to learn my way around the set before going on to working on TV. I absolutely loved making commercials, and I still love making them. They're such a fun thing to do. I love that you can go on to a new set for a day or a week and meet new people and get to experience new places and new scenarios. I think that’s really cool thing with commercials you can experience so many different situations. Whereas, rather than if you're working on TV, you know you're with the same people, which can be amazing, but with this, it is like traveling all over the world, with commercials, it's just amazing.
How important is it for Mummymoon to keep up with changing fashion trends?
Mummy Moon ~ Mostly it is a common style of mummymoon which took time to be discovered, so the trends fills about 20% of collection. We currently have a clear MUMMYMOON way.
How does it feel when you see a child wearing a piece from Mummy Moon brand?
We are always looking forward for the photos with the kid wearing mummymoon. This is the best assessment when you actually can see how does it looks like and how does the kid feels wearing it. Though mummymoon brand is higher class and design but we are always thinking about child freedom of movement. So we are working with the best sewing team in Lithuania and we are measuring each millimetre for separate children age group. We are asking them about ability to move and so on. I would say, that we are a slow fashion brand, because we always do our maximum to get the final style and seeking for a perfection is never ending.
What are the highlights of the MummyMoon Spring 2016 collection?
Mummymoon SS16 collection is very constructive and specifically style. You can see minimum of trends and much more of minimalist architecture senses. So this collection is devoted to mother which is interested in the broader winds and which wants to search for and always discover something new. We are looking for these moms! We don't want to to be attractive to all. We want to be THE BRAND world exclusivity.
Why are you specifically passionate about children's fashion rather than adult fashion?
Actual children fashion launched just a few years ago. It's marvellous to grow as a brand and to propose new fashion waves all over the World. Jar is full of jam in adult fashion, so I decided to play with fashion for children. Everything is new there and you can do much more. The most fascinating thing is to experiment, cause wherever you go there you can get a response.
Where do you find brand inspiration for Mummymoon?
The biggest inspiration is the time when you can be alone. Whereas I'm expecting my fourth child and even I'm extra working with commercials and movies as a stylist, so naturally sometimes I need silence and loneliness. The daily loneliness brings me to the voice from heaven with whom I'm working most. When you are not trapped to create something in time then you a THE LUCKY ONE person to feel amazing moment of creativity. Of course I'm following the latest trends but only in adult fashion. Sometimes you can find inspiration in abstract painting, sometimes you can see more things in empty thing or empty space. You can find the shadows or new forms to build something new. Thus, creativity is everywhere, you just have to keep your eyes open.
Over the holidays, I had the opportunity to talk with Lizzy Greene, who plays Dawn on “Lizzy Greene”. She was such a humble and “down to earth” person. She shared with me that when shopping for the holidays, she ended up being the one carrying the bags and sitting outside the stores while they shop.
Catriona Lamerique: Hi Lizzy.
Lizzy Greene: Hi, how are you?
Catriona Lamerique: So obviously, we know that your career just began in 2013; I heard that you were selected from an audition, for a talent show.
Lizzy Greene: Yes ma’am.
CL: Ok, do you want to tell me more about that, how did that all come about?
LG: Absolutely, so when I was around 6 or 7 or actually much earlier than that, like 4 or 5, I just really was into performing in front of people and making people laugh. I really started out singing. I would do all my school talent shows and I was like, I want bigger than this. I really want to get into the theatre and acting business because I have always seen people on TV and they all look so good. It looks like such a fun job and I am a huge theatre jock, it was my favourite thing to do. So I just decided to get involved in the local theatre and that’s where I really started out for sure, 100%, that’s where I really pay all of my accomplishments, like 100%. Because that is where I first started out, at the time when I started theatre I was like 7 about to turn 8. I was getting into these really dark plays. I was playing Joseph Stalin or something like that. I just played all these really weird but really funny characters. Definitely at comedy theatre and it was all about making people laugh. The feeling of like making someone laugh when you are onstage and you get an uproar of laughter, it is literally the best feeling in the world. Nothing can top that. 100% the best thing. One day I was just doing my thing on stage, and an agent actually came to the show. She was friends with the director of all the plays and she came and she summoned me. She was like, ‘ well you’re different, I have never seen such a little kid playing these dark roles and the laughter you are getting out of this’. Of course, this was all new to me and I haven’t even done theatre for like three years and now someone wants me to audition for TV. It was literally like, a strike of lightening for me because I never expected to be up there, I only expected to continue theatre. So, I went out, I did a few auditions and eventually, I got recognised by a manager, when I was doing an audition for an agent and he said ‘you are very different, I have never seen such a small child wanting to do things like this.’ So, he signed me and I got a few auditions out in Los Angeles. One of them, which was, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, and that was everything to me because auditioning for Nickelodeon is every kid’s dream. Even auditioning for it I was insanely excited. I already felt like it was literally exciting as getting the role, being able to audition for something like that. I went into the Nickelodeon building after about 14 different auditions because you have to be the one kid they want. So, I had like 14 auditions with different amounts of people, some of them were live in front of producers and things like that. Then I got the role, incredible for me. And so, the next day we started shooting the pilot and then I flew back home and waited two months. I went back to school and back to being a totally normal kid, then two months later we realized the show got picked up. We temporally moved out to L.A in an apartment, and we had been shooting the show ever since, and it an absolute dream.
CL: I can imagine you look back and you see how far you have come.
LG: Exactly, exactly. Since then all those girls are trying to be BFF with me now, and I’m like, uhm, no thanks.
CL: Always that way, in the beginning, they want to be envious and hateful, then suddenly you become successful and you are doing so well for yourself and they turn around and say, hey.
LG: They are like, ‘hey want to have a sleepover?’ I am like no, not really.
CL: No definitely. Stay true to you.
LG: Thank you.
POSH KIDS MAG ~ What is your favourite piece from your current collection?
Leigh Paroz - Seamstress and owner ~ I am very excited to reveal some brand new transeasonal pieces very soon, however the Paige top/playsuit would be my favourite current item for its unique style, followed closely by the Evie pinafore vintage romper with its fun feature bow and adjustable straps.
POSH KIDS MAG ~ What makes your brand stand out in Children's Fashion?
Leigh Paroz ~ Being 100% handmade in my home studio and inspired by my three amazing children, I focus on creating garments that capture the sweetness and playfulness of childhood. All clothing is carefully and lovingly handmade and adventurous in style to provide for the expression and individuality of young hearts (keeping durability and practicality in mind).
POSH KIDS MAG ~ Why did you choose to design for children rather than adults?
Leigh Paroz ~ The Sweet Fable brand was born from my passion as a parent of three creative and imaginative children, a love of sewing for them, and from my long held dream of working in the fashion industry. My love of sewing began at a very young age, a way of life influenced and taught by my grandmother, mother and aunties all of whom have been avid and meticulous sewers. There are many gorgeous garment patterns available and when possible I like to add my own flair and also modify or combine patterns to create new styles. The choice to begin my brand has resulted in a journey of discovery in both running a business and in personal growth, and I am constantly grateful to my customers and supporters for the opportunity to pursue my chosen career.
POSH KIDS MAG ~ What is the most important aspect to consider when designing for children?
Leigh Paroz ~ There are so many important things to consider when sewing garments for children, such as high quality of garment finishes and high quality materials to ensure longevity and durability, adhering to safety standards, affordability, consistency of fit and comfort. All of these things and in particular the comfort and safety of my handmade pieces is of the highest priority when creating fashion for my Sweet Fable babes.
POSH KIDS MAG ~ What are the motivations and inspirations behind your brand?
Leigh Paroz ~ Long inspired by the flourishes, designs and antique styles of previous eras, the Sweet Fable brand aims to marry classic styles with modern influences to suit playful minds and provide fun and elegant apparel for little sweeties to tell their own unique story. Going forward the focus will be on providing excellent customer service, increased production and social media presence (via instagram @sweet.fable, facebook and our website sweetfable.com.au) and delivering a complementary timeless collection reflective of my desires for the brand.
POSH KIDS MAG ~ What do you Love about children's fashion?
Leigh Paroz ~ What is so very exciting about children's fashion is that it can be as unique, playful, inventive, evolving and adventurous as are our children. In addition, handcrafted garments are so much more than something to wear, they prompt us to reminisce on styles and traditions, provoke thought and remind us of the innocence of youth and days gone by. Seeing my Sweet Fable pieces enjoyed by parents and little ones far and wide, and being able to connect with others through my craft (which I am carefully and continually honing), is the ultimate privilege and pleasure xx