Local youth featured in Australian band's video
It’s been a dream come true for Airdrie’s Carson Pound.
The 10-year-old model and budding actor recently co-starred in the music video for High by Australian rock band Sun City.
The video, which showcased Pound playing the part of Captain John Smith in the Pocahontas-themed piece, was released Jan. 14.
“I thought it was pretty cool,” said Pound, a Grade 5 student. “I love acting.”
The video was shot in Kananaskis Country over two days in November in -22°C. Filming took about 26 hours and Pound and his co-stars stayed warm between scenes by bundling up in blankets and huddling around heaters.
According to mother Ronaele, her son started modeling in 2012 and has since been featured in a number of ads, but his real love is acting.
She said he has auditioned for a number of feature-length films and was recently cast in a Hollywood film, the name of which can’t be released.
“He loves sports, he is a snowboard nut,” said Ronaele of her son, who also recently started singing lessons.
“Other than that he lives and breathes acting.”
Ronaele, a mother of three, said Pound began asking to model three years ago.
“I at first said ‘no,’” she admitted. “After three years, he still didn’t give it up and I let him do the modelling.”
Pound received a callback for a commercial and although he didn’t get it, it motivated him to continue, according to Ronaele.
Pound’s success has been a bit of a surprise for his mom.
“I honestly didn’t expect this to go anywhere,” she said, adding she sometimes has reservations about putting her child in the public eye.
“This has all just snowballed this year.”
Pound said his earliest memories of acting including tricking his parents.
“I was playing on my (Nintendo) DS and I faked my thumb was hurting,” said Pound of what was one of his earliest performances.
“I wanted to play on it.”
Pound added he performed in his school’s talent show after a classmate cajoled him into it.
“She just wanted me to sing,” he said. “She kept asking me.”
Pound said auditioning for the Hollywood film was not difficult and included script reading.
He added being chosen for the part was exciting as was co-starring in the pop-style video.
“I made quite a few friends,” he said.
The music video, which features a backdrop of the snow-covered Rocky Mountains, can be viewed on YouTube.