MEET: Elissa Telford

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Elissa Telford

AGE:12

AGENCY: Casting Kids

INSTA: @elissa_madison_


Move over boys our next AFL sports commentator is on the rise! With a fierce love for sports – (particularly the Hawks), and an already 8 year strong modelling career, we are certain Elissa will be gracing our screens and entertaining us for years to come.

What is the best thing that has happened to you this year?
Booking a lead role in a very heartfelt music video, that I will forever cherish.


Tell me something interesting about yourself, that not many people know.

I love long distance running… and going on park runs with Dad and our dog, Tilly, who is also a model! 


Wow a star studded family – would we have seen Tilly in anything? 

Yes! Tilly has modeled for Kmart and The Reject Shop this year so far. She loves her little road trips and all the attention she gets from all the staff, even those not on set.


What do you want to be when you grow up?
I’d love to be a physiotherapist, a sports commentator and a part time model/actor. That would be my dream!


You seem to have a real love for sports, does this come from dad or mum or just something you love?

Definitely dad. I have an AFL membership and Stars membership. We attend all games together. I would love to one day tag along to an interstate AFL game.


What is your favourite thing to wear that you will never throw out?
My Hawks Guernsey! - which has my favourite player’s number, 19, and my surname on the back.

Can you tell us a little bit about what you have been up to lately, in terms of photo shoots or acting?
I’ve been busy! I filmed a very heartfelt music video, shot a scene for ‘Secret Bridesmaids’ Business’ coming to Channel 7 soon, shot a global stills campaign for Moose Toys, and done a few auditions for different TV commercials and a new TV show.

What is your favourite thing to do in Summer?
In Summer, I love doing lots of swimming.


Do you remember the very first job you did, and how did it make you feel?
A photoshoot for Target - wearing a Dora the Explorer dress. I remember it being so much fun. I loved it! 


Have you done any workshops, like runway or acting workshops before? How do you think it has helped you gain confidence and learn more about the industry?
I have done both. It was great to receive feedback. I think it really helped build on my existing skills. I think the acting workshop helped me score several TV commercials!



Do you follow any models or actors that you admire on social media, if so who, and why are they the best?

Elyse Knowles - she is definitely my role model. I love that she is down to earth, likes to stay fit and healthy, and loves her dogs… I have two dogs too… and she is not afraid to express her opinion. I see a lot of me in her. I have also just finished reading her book. It is really inspiring!


Do you have any special talents, play any instruments or play sports?
I have been dancing for many years. Hip hop is my most favourite dance style. I also play football, soccer, netball and basketball in inter school sports.

If you were to get the coolest modeling or acting job tomorrow, what would it be doing, who for, and why?
Seafolly - because I love summer and going to the beach. They also have beautiful swimwear. 

If you had one wish what would it be?
Health and happiness always.