Rita Angel Taylor
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves,” said Shakespeare.
By age six, Rita had booked her first audition as a co-star on Nickelodeon’s teen sitcom Sam & Cat. The popular TV show was canceled after Rita’s first episode but it would still make a significant impact on her career. After meeting superstar singer/performer Ariana Grande on-set, Rita was inspired to follow in Ariana’s footsteps so she made the tearful decision to take a break from acting to pursue her newfound musical interests.
Only one year later, Rita had become a proficient guitarist and pianist and was anxious to start performing live. Like most kids her age, inspiration came from a familiar place – YouTube. After seeing a video of a young street performer in front of the infamous Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, it was not long before Rita, now inspired, had convinced her parents to allow her to do the same thing on the world-famous Fremont Street, not far from the iconic Bellagio fountains. Her resolve to make it as a singer/performer was unshakeable. And in less than a year, Rita, now known as the performer RAT, had become one of the top street performers in the city.
Her beautifully unique voice, extraordinary vocal range combined with her natural showmanship and advanced musical talents, which included playing the guitar, piano and ukulele, and her ability to sing in three different languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish) always drew incredible crowds and from time to time irritation from her fellow street performers. As Rita’s crowds grew so did visits and phone calls from several Hollywood talent agents and managers. But one manager in particular won Rita’s heart and the trust of her parents. She was Lori Knight at Knight Light Entertainment. Joel Goldman, Executive Director of Entertainment Industry Strategy & Relations at CARE, had heard about Rita through a mutual friend and tipped off Lori to Rat’s growing popularity.
Rita is now 11 years old, in the seventh-grade, and already taking advanced high-school level courses. She loves charitable causes, especially feeding the homeless and donating to the needy, and performing at nursing homes and hospitals whenever possible. She also cherishes the time she spends with her family and friends. And, Rita is once again pursuing her acting career in Los Angeles in addition to her continued pursuit of a music career.
After taking three years off from acting to develop her musical talents, Rita has reason to be encouraged with both of her career paths. Since returning to acting, Rita has landed a recurring guest star role on TV Land’s sitcom TEACHERS. She has received praise from upper management at the Disney Channel, several producers at NBC’s America’s Got Talent and she has appeared in several nationally televised commercials. Through it all, Rita still finds time for songwriting and artist development. She is preparing her musical debut this coming spring 2019 with her girl empowerment anthem FOR MY GIRLS. She is theatrically represented by Paradigm Talent Agency, located in Los Angeles, CA.