In a world full of aspiring young talent, where it’s a constant struggle to stand out, Alana Hyland is making a name for herself. The up-and-coming singer, dancer and choreographer has just been announced as the latest artist who will be performing at La Femme International Film Festival, which recognizes women filmmakers. Hyland is slated to perform two cover songs as well as one of her own original songs on October 20, closing out the three-day event.
Created in 2005 to recognize women behind the camera, including directors, producers and writers, who are often overlooked in such a male-dominated industry, the festival is a platform for both aspiring and established female filmmakers and creative cast to showcase their work. Past honorees have included Mackenzie Phillips, Wendi Mclendon-Covey and Francia Raisa just to name a few.
Hyland, who garnered attention this summer with her pop single “Be a Friend” from Mattel’s latest Barbie film Mariposa and the Fairy Princess, is already working on her first album, a fuse of pop and hip-hop with a Latin flair, which is set to be released in January. Originally from Antioch, CA, Hyland, who now resides in Los Angeles, has been singing and dancing from the early age of nine. One of her first big breaks came in 2007 when she recorded vocals for The Spice Girls’ opening video for their 2007 World Tour.
Also a dancer and choreographer, Hyland has already had the opportunity to dance for Zendaya (Disney’s “Shake It Up”) Dawn Richard (formerly of Danity Kane), Manny Pacquiao, and a Step Up 3D Promo (directed by Jon M. Chu). She’s earned a place in the dance world that allows her to be trained by some of the very best dancers and choreographers including Brian Friedman, Dave Scott and Tricia Miranda.