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Ten-year-old Jamaican actress for Nick Cannon movie

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2015 | 3:00 AMCurtis Campbell
Journey Jewels gets a hug from Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill.

Ten-year-old Jamaican actress/designer/model Journey Jewels has been selected as a cast member for Nick Cannon's upcoming movie. The minor was selected at a recent casting interview hosted at JAMPRO's head office in New Kingston.

While being tight-lipped about specific details involving the film, Journey's mother, Mecca Million, told The Sunday Gleaner that she was proud of the accomplishment. She also said her daughter decided to audition for a role in the film after seeing the advertisement on social media.

"As a mother, I am very proud of her. She has always been into the arts, whether it may be designing, singing, dancing, or playing music. Her talent is natural, and I do believe she was born to do what she does because she has never been to acting school," she said.

A little too young to operate her own social media profiles, Journey uses her mother's social media pages to promote her work. "We share the same social media accounts and she uses social media to promote her stuff as well as broaden her reach. She is a very smart child," Million said.

Speaking with The Sunday Gleaner, Journey said she is excited to have been selected as a member of Nick Cannon's cast. She also said she wants to pursue careers in music, acting, and designing, partially following in the footsteps of her mother, who also dabbles in modelling and music.

"I am pretty excited about it and I can't wait. I knew who Nick Cannon was from the movie Drumline and some of the ones about dancing. When I met him recently, he was very friendly, and I am looking forward to the movie," Journey said.

Singling out Tyler Perry as her favourite actor, the young actress said she would be giving viewers nothing but raw talent.

"I want to become an actress, and I will be giving my all where talent is concerned for this show because if God gives you a talent, it's best to use it or else it will be taken away," she said.

Aside from acting, Journey is looking to release a clothing line in the near future and has already designed some of her pieces.

Nick Cannon recently visited Jamaica and attended several reggae/hardcore dancehall events in the Corporate Area, scouting for talent and promoting his Jamaican artiste, Kreesha. He is also promoting a new movie called School Dance, which features comedians Mike Epps, Kevin Hart, Lil Duval, actress/model Amber Rose, among others.

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