Friday, August 8, 2008

Justin Martin- A Child Prodigy

It’s the age of hybrid kids. Really! Children have their five fingers dipped in five different things now. They want to be a jack of all and a master of all as well. When we marvel at the child actors emoting like their adult counterparts, we think it’s so commendable for their age. But reading a biography on some child actors proves our ignorance that they are skilled in a lot more than just acting.

This space talks about Justin Martin, who is one really special child actor. He’s 14, and has been in the acting business since seven. Look at the list at his credits in such a short span; in television, he’s been a part of episodic roles in ‘The Bernie Mac Show’ and ‘Malcolm in the Middle’, and later in Nickelodeon’s ‘Drake & Josh’, and CBS’s ‘Judging Amy’.

On big screen, Justin’s in the cast of movies like ‘Doing Hard Time’, ‘Black Water Transit’, and upcoming flicks like ‘The Express’ and ‘The Soloist’. Justin has also done theatre. He played young Simba in Broadway’s take on ‘The Lion King’ in 2006. That set the platform for his role as Travis Younger, in the television movie ‘A Raisin in the Sun’, which was invited at the Sundance Film Festival.

Justin’s also got his CV full with commercials for brands like Mercedes, Shoney’s and Bounty paper towels. Wait on, that’s just not it. This super kid is a talented dancer and singer, who pens his own compositions. He plays the trumpet, drums and piano, and has now learnt to play the cello during the making of ‘The Soloist’. The boy must be something, since he’s also learnt hoofing style of tap dancing, to add to his other talents. This honor student/member of the National Honor Society unquestionably proves that it IS the age of hybrid kids.

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