Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Local Charlotte teen Jaida Benjamin might not be a household name yet, but she is well on her way to stardom. Jaida, a 6th grader at Northwest School of the Arts, has appeared in national commercials for Bank of America, Mueller’s Pasta, Rhodes Furniture, among many others. Her extensive resume includes many jobs where she used her talents in acting, dancing, modeling, and voice-overs. The ambitious girl receives acting training at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, vocal training with Jennifer Benjamin, and dance training at North Carolina Dance Theatre. She is managed by Mommie and Me Talent Management, which was created to help aspiring models and talented performers into the business. The company is establishing Jaida’s career on the right track, but are always looking to help more talented children to become professionals in the business. Jaida keeps her business in tact with her agent, Beverly Brock of The Brock Agency, based out of Hickory, NC. Jaida Benjamin needs to be a name you remember, because she is set to take the world by storm with her many talents. The young girl’s drive to be successful can be an inspiration to many. It does not matter where you are from, all that matters is your work ethic and talents. Charlotte residents should be proud and show their support for Jaida Benjamin.
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Thursday, July 05, 2007
Charlotte actor tours with ‘Annie’ Published Thursday, July 5, 2007 by Cheris F. Hodges Tomorrow is just a day away for a Charlotte-bred star. Jaida (pronounced Jay-da) Benjamin has been cast in the national production of “Annie.” She plays the orphan July. “I saw the remake of ‘Annie’ and that’s how I was introduced to (the play),” the 12-year-old said. “I liked the plot and thought it was interesting for kids and adults.” Jaida, a student at Northwest School of the Arts, said when she was growing up, she wanted to model, but decided that she wanted to try acting, like her cinema favorite Angelina Jolie. Jaida said she was excited when she won the role, but kept it on the inside because she’d been in auditions before. “In the New York audition, I was very relaxed because I’d been to New York many times,” she said. Speaking to Jaida, it’s hard to believe she’s only 12. She has a maturity and poise that gives her a star quality-something “Annie’s” producers picked up on. Jaida’s mother, Jocinda Benjamin, said that when she sent her to New York the producers saw something special. She two days and several callbacks, the role was hers. “It’s kind of overwhelming behind the scenes,” Benjamin said. The story of “Little Orphan Annie” doesn’t traditionally have many African Americans in the cast, and Jaida was the only black girl chosen. The stage isn’t new to her, though. She has been on Martha Stewart’s TV show, danced for the New York Knicks as a Knicks City Kid and she was an in-store model for Target. Jaida has also been in commercials for Food Lion and Bank of America. The production of “Annie” will be on the road for almost a year and Jaida will be tutored on location while the play is going on. Benjamin said parents make sacrifices when they have a child in show biz, but it’s worth it. “When you see that your child wants to (act) it’s up to us as parents to cultivate it,” said Benjamin, who is also Jaida’s manager and agent. “I wear three hats,” she said. “It’s more than just saying my kid is cute. This is bigger than what people think.” “Annie” opens September 2007.