Celebrity Center Stage: McKenzie Franklin

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Some of you may recognize this beauty from tv or magazines, she’s also been featured on our Facebook fan page. I got the chance to ask her mom the typical center stage questions regarding her hair and also what it’s like for McKenzie to be a child model and actress. Read on for our interview and to find out how McKenzie got her career started, who she has modeled for and what shows/movies she has appeared in.

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Name: McKenzie Franklin

Age: 9

Hobbies: McKenzie is an avid reader! She enjoys reading everything she can get her 
hands on, her favorite book is R.L.Stine’s Goosebumps. She also enjoys playing with her 
American Girl dolls and her cat Sandy Lion. McKenzie is an only child, so she loves play 
dates, birthday parties and spending time with her friends.  She recently took horseback 
riding lessons and fell in love. She now wants a pony for her birthday!

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Hair care routine: McKenzie’s hair texture is thick and naturally curly so to keep 
her hair and scalp healthy and to maintain moisture and shine to her curls, I shampoo 
and condition her hair once a week and use tea tree oil on her scalp. Her hair is braided 
at night and she sleeps with a satin bonnet. To create a more finished look to her curls, 
I apply Miss Jessie’s Quick Curls and Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie. For 
styling & ponytails I use Olive Oil Girls Hair Pudding by Organic Root Stimulator.

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Favorite Styles: McKenzie loves to wear her hair naturally curly with a cute bow 
that match her outfits!  She also loves to experiment with other styles as well (ie Shirley 
temple curls & straight & sassy). What can I say, she loves being a GIRL! 

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Any hair care tips you would like to share?
1. It is important to remember that a healthy scalp creates the perfect environment 
for hair to grow so moisturize daily
 
2. Do NOT wear rubber bands. They are often placed in children’s hair too tightly 
and pull at healthy hair follicles which over time may leads to split ends, balding 
and breakage in those areas.

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How long has McKenzie been acting/modeling? McKenzie has been modeling since 
she was 12 months old! Her father spent years as a professional model so she followed 
in his footsteps. She was featured on the cover of One Step Ahead Magazine and made 
various cameo’s in Leaps and Bound Magazine as a toddler.

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How did she get into the acting/modeling business?
We were approached by a photographer who asked us to submit her photo’s to local talent agents because of her 
outgoing personality, energy in front of the camera and unique look. After we were 
signed by her current Agent, McKenzie began to audition for commercials, print and 
other local paid and non paid acting projects in our hometown. 

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What is McKenzie’s favorite part about acting and modeling? Being an Actor is definitely
what McKenzie was born to do! She not only enjoys being around other focused like-
minded children (and adult actors) on set, but she takes her work very seriously, respects
the craft and understands that acting is a job. She believes that in acting (and school) it
is very important to always present your best work! Her favorite part about acting and
modeling costumes.

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What commercials/shows/movies/special ads has she been a part of?FILM: McKenzie booked the lead female role as ‘Mindy’ in the award winning short  film Jonah and The Crab. At the ripe old age of 9, McKenzie has already appeared in 
various TV shows and feature films. Her favorite on set experience was being selected 
to work as a featured extra on an episode of the Starz Network Series, Boss where she 
had the unique opportunity to act alongside her ‘real mom’ as the daughter of a Lennox 
Garden’s family being evicted from their home and placed in a new residence. *(Season 
2 Episode 6 Backlash).

PRINT: McKenzie is a featured model for Organic Root Stimulator, Olive Oil Girl’s 
Hair Care Products.  Her print ad can be found in various ethnic hair care magazines on 
the shelves of your local Walgreens, CVS and Target stores to name a few.

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MUSIC: McKenzie has a single out that is available on iTunes called ‘The Marching 
Band Dance Song’. She  has also been featured in two music video’s.

Her single and video(s) can be viewed on youtube.

THEATER: McKenzie made her theatrical debut as The Coroner Munchkin at the 
Wixom Theatre in “The Wizard of Oz With A Wicked Twist” receiving a standing 
ovation for her performance!  McKenzie recently joined the cast of world musical 
SitaRam and performed in the opening and closing shows as one of the lead characters 
in front of an audience of over 1,500 people with The Chicago Children’s Choir adding 
Broadway In Chicago as another one of her most cherished accomplishments as a child 
actor. 
 
ONLINE LINKS:

McKenzie’s First Monologue:
http://youtu.be/jGzYh80EjtE
 
Marching Band Dance Song Video (Featuring McKenzie & Omarr):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtXNq4tvuL4
 
Music Video (McKenzie Featured Solo):
B-Free Featuring Zip ‘When I Go’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNGpqewGbcI

Comments

  1. jamie says:

    Wow this is an amazing post. She’s very talented!!!

  2. Brooke says:

    Isn’t she… such a beautiful girl, too.

  3. McKenzie's Mom says:

    You guys ROCK!!! Thank you for this wonderful feature. :-)

  4. janet says:

    What a fun feature! My husband wants to get our boy in TV or ads but I don’t know if I could handle it all.

  5. she is too cute! I’m noticing more and more also on TV that women of color are wearing their natural hair…..kids too in the commercials.

    I wish I had known all of this info when my daughter was young. I put rubberbands and relaxers in her hair! awful. Now she’s trying her hand at natural and although she’s 18 she really likes the naturally curly styles!

  6. Thank you!