Local stars try to hit it big in Hollywood

March 2, 2014 4:51:28 PM PST
'I'd like to thank the Academy' -- six words so many young entertainers hope to one day say in their careers. And those dreams and aspirations are driving some Houstonians to pursue their talents hoping to make it big in Hollywood.

Kendall Ferguson, 18-year-old Houston native, is set to make her first release with Arista Records this summer. High expectations from the record label, perhaps higher expectations of herself.

"So are you the next Beyonce?" we asked.

"The goal is in that same realm. And we'll see where it takes me," Ferguson said.

Kendall learned her craft at the Ensemble Theater, Theater Under the Stars and Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She left the school to pursue a TV show in Canada, and now bases her recording career in Los Angeles.

A singing-dancing-acting dynamo, but don't think she's forgotten about her hometown.

"I'm a young little sassy thing from Houston, Texas," she said.

Kendall isn't alone in Los Angeles were an increasing exodus of young Houston talent is moving in search of super stardom.

Justin Mabrie is an actor model who has appeared in the ABC show 'Body of Proof.' He's got a Hampton University MBA and advice.

"I would maybe go to college in LA and I maybe would have pressed my parents more to get me more involved when I was a child," said Mabrie.

In the meantime, training and classes, both say can't be undervalued. Mabrie is in vocal classes to get rid of his Texas accent. But one thing neither wants to eliminate is their Houston edge and experience.

"Houston gave me a foundation," Mabrie said.

A foundation on which both hope an entertainment empire will be built.

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