Ready for the red carpet
Taylor-Grace Davis is heading to California to walk the red carpet. Davis is nominated for Best Performance in a Short Film by a Young Actress in the 35th Annual Young Artist Awards. She will travel to Studio City, Ca. this weekend to be part of the award ceremony.
"I found out at the end of March," Davis said. "I was ecstatic because it's a very big honor."
Davis, a student at East Rutherford High School, was nominated for her performance in "The Box," a film where she played the parts of Rebecca and Madison.
"It's the best performance I've given and one I can proudly show people," Davis said. "Of course when I go back and watch it I see things I could have done better, but I'm still really proud of it."
The film is about two young lovers in the Civil War era, Rebecca and Levi. They are childhood sweethearts and Levi proposes to Rebecca before he has to leave for war. Then it flashes to modern day with characters Madison and Tristan. Madison is trying to find her soulmate and hears about a box that has been passed down through the family. It has all of the love letters from Rebecca and Levi and the wedding ring. Madison sees that and thinks that there is no love like that in the present but then she finds out she is wrong.
Davis won the Best Breakout Performance Award for the same film at the First Glance Film Festival in Hollywood last spring.
"I can't believe it," Davis said. "I did the film two years ago and I'm still getting recognized."
The Young Artists Awards were founded by Maureen Dragone. The awards are accolades bestowed by the Young Artist Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1978 to honor excellence of youth performers. It was the first organization established to specifically recognize and award the contributions of performers under the age of 21 in the fields of film, television, theater and music. Past award winners have included Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson and Emma Roberts.
"These are my idols. To be nominated for something they won and to go to an awards ceremony they went to is insane," Davis said. "It's exciting because it could open doors for me. I'm excited to meet new people and experience new things."
Davis will travel to California for the Young Artist Awards on Sunday, May 4. She plans to attend East Rutherford's prom on Saturday before getting on the plane with her mother Sunday.
"I'll be leaving from prom at midnight, going home to sleep for a few hours and then getting on a five-hour flight. I will have to get ready on the plane," Davis said. "A driver will pick us up and take us to the awards when we get there."
Once she arrives, Davis will walk the red carpet and go to the awards luncheon where the winner will be announced. There are 11 actresses nominated in her category.
"I'm just going with an open mind," Davis said. "There are so many other girls nominated that are very talented."
While in California she also plans to do some networking and tour around the area.
"I'm excited about getting to see things that have been an inspiration to me like the hollywood sign and the Walk of Fame," Davis said. "It's very surreal. It's still shocking and it probably won't hit me until I step out of the car."
If she wins, Davis will receive a small statue award and be interviewed during a press conference. But she is just looking forward to the experience.
"The best part will be the publicity and the things it could do for my future," Davis said. "That is a good enough award."