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BARBIE Has The Best New Year’s Message For ALL Of Us

I met Barbie and I could not believe it.

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I met America Young about 2 years ago. We met while speaking on a panel at Artemis Film Festival. As soon as we started the panel, I knew I wanted to get to know Young better. She is incredibly smart, talented, and driven. Originally from New Mexico, America Young lives and works in LA in the film industry, She has been an actor, director, stunt coordinator, and BARBIE! I asked her how she got to where she is now:

America Young: “Working hard, saying yes to opportunity, and remembering to be kind.” 

America Young

Barbie Vlogs have become a regular feature in our home. I am excited for my kids to watch them with me and talk about how Barbie is doing and what she’s up to these days. What they don’t know is that I KNOW BARBIE!! I have to keep that under wraps though, I think that would blow their minds. Barbie is using her platform to talk about subjects like racism and the ‘I’m sorry’ reflex (notable episodes below) and presenting all kinds of thoughtful concepts. Much like teen vogue, some people might not realize that brands that serve young minds have developed more social awareness than what I remember as a young person. Barbie is an icon and I’m happy to know some of the people involved! America Young plays Barbie (voice and motion capture body) AND she directed Season 4’s acting and animation.

America Young, Directing an episode of Blindspot (NBC)

Young: “My opportunity to work on this show came through all my work doing motion capture.  From the begining those of us at the start of the vlog could tell it was something special- Julia Pistor, Rosanna Sun, Peter Krygowski, Teale Sperling and myself.”

Motion Capture (AKA performance capture or mocap) is the recording of the motion of an object by a series of sensors and the integration of that data, transferring it to a virtual object. “It’s the people in Lycra suits covered in shiny ping-pong balls you see in the “Make of Section” of your DVDs” – Mocappys.com.

BARBIE on VICE

Through this character, America Young has the potential to reach and inspire millions of young people who are regularly seeing and experiencing their closest friends through this style of virtual connection. This particular episode gave me a lot to chew on. These are important and modern conversations we can have with people of all ages.

Young: “Being part of the Barbie vlogs is one of the things I am most proud of in my career.  Episodes like this is why.  Getting to talk about such important issues with kids and hopefully inspiring them is everything to me.   This episode is something I think everyone needs to hear at all ages.  At a time when the world is at our finger tips, learning how to focus and make the choices that are right for you is so important.  Who do YOU want to be?  Not worrying about being someone else for others.”  

Keep watching the Barbie Vlogs and keep up with America Young Here:    

Notable and amazing episodes:

Jennica Schwartzman, Managing Partner at Purpose Pictures Productions, Co-Founder of Little Sister Entertainment, and a member of The Producers Guild of America, SAG/AFTRA, and Moms-In-Film LA, loves tackling a project from idea to distribution as a multi-hyphenate actress-writer-producer. Jennica has been published in the Producers Guild Magazine "Produced By," Legacy Arts Magazine, Paragon Road, Bustle, and she is a guest writer for the acclaimed entertainment industry websites MsInTheBiz.com, FilmmakingStuff.com, Artemis Motion Pictures' #WomenKickAss Forum, and WomenandHollywood.com. She has been invited to speak on film festival panels and is a workshop teacher for The International Family Film Festival's Road Scholars intergenerational filmmaking camp. Jennica has produced ten feature film releases. Jennica and her husband /producing partner /writing partner Ryan have two kiddos and reside in Hollywood.

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