Since the age of 7, Fort Worth native Carlson Young dreamed of becoming an actress, but her parents knew the importance of a normal childhood.
“If I could go back in time, I would say thank you, Mom, for not listening to me at that age,” said Young. “I got to stay in high school the regular way, which has been an amazing gift.”
Young attended Fort Worth Country Day School from kindergarten through senior year.
She got her first shot at acting when she was just 15-years-old in a short Disney series, As the Bell Rings, which was filmed her sophomore, junior and senior years of high school in Austin.
“It was nice that I got to keep everything very normal,” she said. “I had the best time growing up in Fort Worth. I was surrounded by amazing family and friends. I am so thankful to Country Day, who enabled me with the confidence and knowledge to help me persevere and get to where I am today.”
Young moved to Los Angeles, Calif. when she was only 18-years-old to pursue her acting career.
"I have a very vivid memory of being alone in my one-bedroom apartment in West Hollywood one of my first weeks in L.A.," she said. "I remember waking up every morning and just pounding the pavement, going from one audition to the next and realizing that this was a very real commitment I'd made. And I was too stubborn to turn back."
In 2014 Young charmed audiences as character Angela Yearwood in the hysterical teen comedy, PREMATURE. And she has recently landed a role in the new MTV series Scream, a modern-day spin on the classic ’90s horror film.
In her free time, Young studies creative writing at the University of Southern California and spends time with her cat, Francis, who will one day be a celeber-kitty, Young jokes.
Looking back at Fort Worth, Young said she mostly misses the queso from Joe T. Garcia’s and her family and friends, of course, who visit often.
When preparing for a role, Young looks for a balance between herself and the character, she said.
“I try to do my version of the character from what I read and try to bring something to the table that someone else might not have.” —Brianna Kessler