Dancing in the “ The Nutcracker Suite,” at age 3, sealed Abi Ann’s passion for performing. Her first lead role at 8, in “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” and as the Young Cosette in “Les Miserables,” began to define her life journey. She has been featured in “Naked Innocence” and “Beyond the Mat,” the documentary, “Kids and Texting” and “Wish Wizard,” a short film with Morgan Freeman. She has worked with several Platinum record producers and is currently with Rachel Noelle of BabyG Music. Two of her songs were placed in the film, “Diary of An Ex-Child Star.” Abi joined the No Bully Tour traveling from New York to Florida over the summer and co-wrote and recorded the single “Stronger,” which speaks to her experience with bullying and how she conquered it and uses many opportunities to spread the message she strongly believes in. Abi co-wrote and produced “Silence,” for the anti-bully film “Hello Herman,” that received over 1 million hits on YouTube. Her band, One Country, is currently booking shows. Check out Abi’s website www.abi.fm
"I am proud to work with Champions Against Bullying to ensure that every child has the chance to grow up in a loving, nurturing society. It's a huge endeavor and will take an army of Champions to succeed and I couldn't be happier to be a part of that army!"
Zach Callison’s accomplishments include, class of 2009/10 “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader,” “Hannah-Montana,” “Perfect Couples” and “I’m in the Band.” Zach also held a regular role as Ian, on three seasons of “Diary of a Single Mom” (web series) directed by Robert Townsend. Zach received a “Breakthrough Performance” nomination for this role from the 2009 Indie Soap Awards. Watch for Zach in the upcoming films “Rock Jocks” and “White Trash Christmas.”
Zach frequently provides voices for a number of characters. In Warner Bros.’ Captain Marvel, Zach voiced Billy Batson and as Arthur Baywoesenthal on Scooby-Doo, Mystery Inc. “Song of Mystery.” He has voiced the character of Matthew Parker on the long time radio program “Adventures in Odyssey” for three years. He had the amazing experience of voicing over the character Douglas from C.S. Lewis’s “Shadowlands” for BBC radio, England. Zach has voiced characters for Cartoon Network’s Sym-Bionic Titan and Nickelodeon’s “Legend of Korra.” He has recently completed 24 episodes in the role of Prince James for Disney’s new show “Sofia the First.” The feature length movie will air this Fall. Zach has also worked in several commercials in L.A. for Comcast, Sony and Burger King to name a few.
While in Los Angeles, Zach has continued to work on his singing/performing/piano skills. He can be seen on the video “If the Earth Could Speak” performed by a number of Disney/Nick stars to raise funds for ChildFund International. Zach has recently added song writing to his list of skills and will be going into the studio soon to record with his band Delirium.
When not working or schooling, Zach enjoys a good book, playing video games with his friends and even better, a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game (St. Louis is his hometown)! He is also an avid traveler and has traveled to over ten countries. This past summer, Zach spent a month at The American School In Switzerland, (TASIS) studying Italian.
Zach was recently named Youth Ambassador for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He takes his responsibility to educate his peers seriously about the preservation of the oceans and marine wildlife.
He has also just joined forces with Champions Against Bullying as a Star Champion to bring awareness and education surrounding this highly prevalent issue. Zach has had the opportunity to play both a bully and the bullied in his acting career and has experienced both sides through art. He hopes his partnership will help to educate his peers how to deal with the issue if they are bullied or find themselves witnessing an incident.
Fifteen year-old Olivia Faye is a Country/Pop music artist and an actress from Murray, Kentucky, who discovered her love for singing and performing country, blues and pop music, early. At age 6, she enjoyed a role in “The Hobbit,” and became a regular in the “Stars of Tomorrow” cast at the Kentucky Opry. Recent performances include Nashville, Los Angeles and Los Vegas. She is a member of the Standing Tall Comedy Club for Kids and Teens and performs at the LA Improv, in Hollywood and at the Harrah’s Improv, in Las Vegas. In 2011, she accepted an invitation to join the “No Bully Tour,” with a number of talented young artists. Olivia has co-written and recorded numerous radio ready songs with Grammy Award-Winning Producer Alex Cantrall and Jeff Hoeppner of Radio Nation. Olivia recently finished production on “Hello Herman,” about a boy who is bullied and wrote the song, “You Didn’t See Me,” about the main character.
“I'm thrilled to be involved with Champions Against Bullying. CAB has amazing resources for families, kids, teens and teachers to work with to make daily living free from the power of bullies. CAB teaches kids from a young age that bullying is not acceptable on any level. Thank you Champions Against Bullying for providing direction to those who need help and those that can help!”
Check out Olivia’s website at: OliviaFaye.com
Dani is an actress, speaker, stylist, promoter of self-empowerment, and advocate for victims of bullying. Between her passion for inspiring others, and her own experience of being bullied, Dani has founded two award winning websites, Be Heard and Dani California Outfits. Through these sites she provides a safe place for victims of bullying to share their stories, be heard, and see that they are not alone. Dani has also styled over 2,000 online outfits and runs a popular fashion blog with the mindset of “helping people embrace and express who they are through what they wear.”
In addition, Dani has become a highly sought after speaker on topics such as bullying, self esteem, and positive body image speaking to a multitude of diverse audiences including teens, parents, and educators.
“After becoming involved with Champions Against Bullying in 2010, I could not be more proud and honored to be continuing my work as a Star Champion. With 1 out of 3 being bullied, I believe children and teens need the right tools to navigate the tricky world of bullying. Therefore, I am so happy to be teaming up with an organization that does just that, and hope to continue as a positive role model and an active voice.”
A musician and songwriter, Kari Lynch has spent her life performing. She began writing songs at age 7 and has been writing since. Carrying her love for writing and music past high school, she recently graduated with a degree in Writing from Grand Valley State University. Kari also studied music and recording technology at GRCC in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
She is currently the lead singer, songwriter, and manager of the Kari Lynch Band and has released three EP’s all of which she wrote/co-wrote the songs. Her first EP held a spot on iTunes New and Noteworthy list for six weeks and her latest EP with the Kari Lynch Band is receiving radio play on several stations and 5-star ratings. Her band has opened for the likes of Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert, and many more major label artist and played some of the largest country festivals to name including, The B-93 Birthday Bash, where Kari and her band played to a crowd of 50,000+
Kari spends her time touring with her band and writing, making frequent trips to Nashville, TN to do both. She serves as a mentor for "Kids Hope"- an organization committed to serving "at risk" children across the United States of America. Her latest project includes acting in, co-writing, and producing an Independent film titled "One", that recently began production in January 2013.
I'm interested in joining CAB because bullying is a serious problem and I think more light needs to be shed on this terrible problem that so many children go through in school.
I think sometimes parents, teachers, coaches and other responsible adults tend to brush it off thinking that it is just "something that kids do," "it's not that serious," or "they'll grow out of it." The reality is that we have kids committing suicide, lashing out, and being placed in an unsafe environment where they are unable to succeed and thrive. This is wrong. I want to help any way that I can to shed light on how dangerous and serious bullying really is, and to hopefully help put an end to this behavior in kids. It starts at home with parents teaching kids what is right and what is wrong and how they should treat other people. It starts with compassion and understanding of one another. Bullying IS a serious problem.
I especially like that CAB focuses on and understands how important a child's environment is to their success, on every level. If a child is constantly scared or worried, they are not going to be able to perform at the level they are capable of in school. Every child deserves the chance to do their best to succeed. I love that Champions Against Bullying really rallies around that and strives to provide the best and safest environment for children.
Britt Morgan moved to Los Angeles a few years ago after growing up in New Jersey. She attended Cherokee High and discovered her love of acting in their notable theater program. Shortly after graduating, Britt moved to west to pursue her dream. After a couple of years she started working on popular shows such as, CSI and GREEK, which lead to her first big break as a series regular on the ABC family show THE MIDDLEMAN. When the series wrapped Brit landed the coveted role of Debbie Pelt on the hit HBO show TRUE BLOOD that recently wrapped after two seasons. In between filming Britt has guest starred on SHOWTIME'S hit show SHAMELESS and co starred in the soon to be released Indie drama FREE RIDE along side her fellow TRUE BLOOD co-star Anna Paquin.
Britt is very excited and proud to be working with Champions Against Bullying - a cause close to her heart. Through personal experience she understands the negative impact bullying has. Britt believes that with Champions Against Bullying more children will live in a safer environment and be free to be who they are.
Lauren Dair Owens is an actress, radio host and musical artist. She is currently in a recurring role on the FOX hit "New Girl," where she plays young Jess. In addition to acting, she hosts an Internet radio show called “Beyond The Spotlight.” Every week, Lauren interviews actors and musicians where they discuss their work in front of and beyond the spotlight. In addition, Lauren is the lead singer and bass player for the band Gravity Hill. The band performs throughout Southern California and does a lot of charity work supporting such causes as childhood bullying, cancer, hearing loss and autism.
I am so happy to be working with Champions Against Bullying! I grew up watching friends get bullied because they were different and never really could do anything to stop it. I didn't get bullied but just hearing stories from friends about bullying incidents that happened at their schools made my skin crawl. I want to be a part of something bigger. I want to have a voice.
(this is some of Lauren's music).
I am also attaching a song that has a great anti-bullying message Stereotype which was co-written by Lauren with Ashley Poole from the group Dream.
My name is Sarah Spears, I'm 17, and I’m preparing for the Miss teen Arkansas International Pageant. I will be representing Texarkana, AR and Miss Teen Texarkana International.
I am interested in joining Champions Against Bullying (CAB) because I was bullied in middle school and junior high and can relate to CAB through my personal experience. I want to work with CAB in any way possible in order to advocate bullying throughout my community and hopefully further. I am very passionate about anti-bullying. I have created a platform entitled B2 with the 3 main points of how to spot bullying, how to stop bullying, and how to come out of being bullied. I have already spoken to teachers and administrators in my school district and plan to take it to each school and to community events. Being partnered with Champions Against Bullying will give me a positive "power buddy" throughout my experiences with B2.