At the young age of 13, Mackenzie Ziegler has become one of her generation’s most influential stars. There isn’t a medium she has not tapped into, and successfully at that: she is a professional dancer, starring in Lifetime’s reality TV series Dance Moms for six seasons, and an exciting and loveable singer/songwriter whose debut album hit number 1 on the iTunes Pop Charts. On top of that, she frequently posts music videos that accompany her lyrics on YouTube, alongside vlogs to show her fans what she gets up to on a daily basis. Speaking out to a collective 20 million followers on platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube, Mackenzie is without a doubt reaching the very pinnacle of success for her years. Schön! caught up with her to understand what it’s like being a dance prodigy at such a young age, and managing a hectic schedule that combines dancing, singing, acting and modelling.
While growing up in the public eye might be hard for her, she handles everything with an extremely positive and can-do attitude, and never fails to surprise her fans with another head-bopping, hip-rocking music video sensation. It’s only natural to wonder how did young Mackenzie get into dancing initially, and how did that translate into her other creative endeavours? “When I was little, I didn’t really have a passion for dancing,” she explains, “but when I was about 9 years old, I knew it was something I wanted to keep doing.” She then goes on to illuminate the link between her dancing career and her consequent singing profession. “I started voice lessons when I was 6 years old, and from there I really knew that I wanted to pursue singing.”
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