At the young, uninhibited age of 3, Madalyn Hesterlee was already interested in the performing arts…singing, dancing and acting. After noticing an ad in a local magazine, Madalyn’s mother met with Hoffman International and decided to pursue this venture for Madalyn. After completing her Kids Klub course and a successful photo shoot, her great images and training led to a lot of print work with Hallmark. Madalyn was one of the very first faces of Hallmark’s ever-popular recordable books that debuted in 2009, and, years later, her store-front poster is still displayed in some Hallmark retails shops!
Although she has had great success with print work, a Metlife Insurance commercial has been her biggest modeling achievement to date. At a casting prior to that booking, she was asked by the production crew to draw the lovable dog, Snoopy, and laugh at a replica of the Peanuts beagle. The client was so impressed that Madalyn was asked to come back a second time and draw and color pictures of Snoopy all day! Her personality, her great laugh, and her ease in front of the camera ultimately landed her the job, and the commercial is still being aired 18 months after its debut.
For a young girl still in elementary school, Madalyn is not afraid to challenge herself and she knows that participating in continued education events such as Runway seminars and Acting workshops are beneficial to improve her skills in modeling and acting. Besides a full schedule of competitive gymnastics, piano, choir, and Girl Scouts, she has also taken the initiative to involve herself in school plays and theater. It is a blend of her modeling experiences and extra-curricular activities that have grown her confidence. Being a good listener has enabled her to take direction well on-set, and she is a self-proclaimed happy girl. “I love to smile and be happy all the time,” Madalyn says. With an infectious spirit like hers, we know that Madalyn has an abundance of great opportunities that lie ahead of her. The Hoffman staff is excited about her attending the AMTC SHINE event in Orlando, Florida this summer. She will be competing in modeling, acting, singing, and dance competitions and continuing her passion in performing arts that began seven years ago.