A Collinsville girl is going to Hollywood in January on a trip that could change her life forever. But, at only 6 years old, she does not realize the potential destiny that awaits.
Hayden Rehg was recently selected to attend the iPOP! acting and modeling contest, a week-long contest with more than 100 agents from the across the country, London and Japan, her father, Jason Rehg said. The pressure an adult would feel in the situation doesn’t exist for Hayden, her mother, Lori, said.
“She doesn’t understand that there is pressure,” Rehg said. “She doesn’t know that there are a million people out there that want to do what she is doing.”
Of 150 people who auditioned for an iPOP! scout, Hayden was one of 12 people selected from the Images Agency, a St. Louis modeling and acting agency. She was the only one selected in the 4-8 years-old age group.
Rehg said she and Jason are excited, but they are most excited for their daughter, who loves acting and modeling. Hayden has been active with Images Agency for about a year. She has received several callbacks, but has yet to land a role, Rehg said. This could be her big chance.
Hayden will act in a commercial, perform a monologue and model in front of agents, managers, casting directors, and industry professionals while at iPOP! She has been working hard to memorize her lines for both the monologue and commercial.
iPOP! alumni have gone on to star as models and actors, which is exactly what Hayden wants. Her parents are along for the ride, and will encourage her every step of the way, but will not pressure her to continue modeling and acting if she changes her mind.
“Jason and I both have an understanding, we will do it as long as she enjoys it,” Rehg said.
To raise money for travel, fees and other expenses, the Rehgs have started a gofundme page (http://www.gofundme.com/SendHaydenToHollywood) and are hosting a mouse race fundraiser Friday at the Collinsville VFW, 1234 Vandalia St.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for the fundraiser, which will also have a DJ, 50/50 drawings, Plinko and a winners wheel. Doors open at 6 p.m., racing begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 per person and $30 for a couple. Admission includes beer, soda and a raffle ticket.