Mayflower second-grader KiKi Williamson is following her dream to be an actress, but she needs help.
According to her parents, Anthony and Kim Williamson, KiKi has advanced through the John Robert Powers school systems for the performing arts to an opportunity to perform in front of dozens of agents at International Presentation of Performers, or iPOP.
KiKi’s parents said she made it to a group of 17 children out of 200 who competed in the John Robert Powers showcase.
The company held auditions in Little Rock, and KiKi attended the summer program before being chosen to advance, said Kim Williamson.
Until the iPOP event in Los Angeles, Calif. in July 2014, the family is working to raise $9,000 for KiKi’s trip and auditions.
October 18 and 19, the Williamsons will raise funds for KiKi at Schaefer’s Corn Maze in Mayflower with a bounce house.
They plan to have a springtime benefit concert closer to the trip.
"KiKi’s iPOP fund" has been set up at Centennial Bank locations for donations.
KiKi’s first on screen debut is coming on The CW show Star Crossed. She’ll play an alien child.
Kim Williamson said the role came from a newly signed agent with New Orleans-based Storm Agency.
KiKi said she wants to play roles in commercials, movies and television shows, especially on the Disney Channel.
She enjoys performing Michael Jackson and acting out scenes from her favorite Disney show, Jessie.
"With any kid, you help them and you invest. Whatever comes out of it, comes out of it," Kim Williamson said.
"Whether you can afford it or not, you make sacrifices for your kids," Anthony Williamson added.
Kim Williamson said she and her husband are working to give KiKi the opportunity and support her "just like we support our other kids."
KiKi has two older brothers, Jacob and Dakota Brents.
KiKi is an all A’s student at Mayflower Elementary.
Follow her progress in stardom at www.facebook.com/kikiactingupagain.
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