Workshop gives valley youngsters a taste of the Hollywood lifestyle |

Workshop gives valley youngsters a taste of the Hollywood lifestyle

Amanda Holt MillerWestern Garfield County Staff
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. PearsonKate Sheldon, right, videotapes Austin Harlan, 8, as he hosts his own talk show during the Hollywood 101 workshop at Colorado Mountain Colleges Rifle campus Friday afternoon. Sheldon was a star of the Power Rangers TV show and is teaching children how to break into the world of celebrity.

Serena Murphy, a 9-year-old from Rifle, wants to be a singer and movie actress.That’s why she enrolled in Hollywood 101, a workshop at Colorado Mountain College’s Rifle campus. Kate Sheldon, who starred on the “Power Rangers” TV series from 2000 to 2002, teaches the workshop to help kids break into show business. She arms kids between 6 and 18 with information about finding agents and getting jobs. She helps them develop skills and get comfortable in front of a camera. She even helps them find and define their images.

“I think I’m learning a lot. And it’ll be nice to get my hair a little blonder,” Murphy said as she pulled at a strand of her long, light red hair.The students in Sheldon’s class had hair and makeup consultations from Morgan Corona, a stylist from Rifle. Corona recommended highlights for Murphy.

She suggested something a little more dramatic for 12-year-old Chelsea Harlan from New Castle. Harlan wanted to color the tips of her dark hair bright red.”We’ll have to see if your parents will mark the ‘yes’ box on this one,” Sheldon said.

Students got their hair cut and makeup done at the end of the second day of the workshop.Most of the students in the Hollywood 101 class have been interested in stardom for years. Harlan is a dancer who takes hip-hop and break dancing courses in Glenwood Springs. Murphy is competing in the American Miss pageant and plans to perform part of the musical “Grease” for the talent segment.”I am actually really good at acting, but I hope to improve by taking this class,” Murphy said. “At the end I will be improved and have a better hairdo.”

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