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Posted: October 27, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 27, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Jill Welch arrives with her son Michael Welch at an award ceremony in Los Angeles. Courtesy photo

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Showing at the Regal Cinema in Canyon Country in the past few weeks, “Grace Unplugged” features Michael Welch as the character Quentin in the movie.

Mike also played Mike Newton in “The Twilight Saga” film series from 2008 to 2011, and as Luke Giradi in the 2003 to 2005 TV series “Joan of Arcadia.”

This November, he will also appear as Jake in a fantasy show airing on NBC on Nov. 15.

But, Mike’s career really started at Rio Vista Elementary School in Canyon Country standup comedy at his yearly talent shows.

Mike loved doing acting and the students, teachers and parents loved him. So we signed him up for an acting studio in Canyon Country. And we were encouraged to connect him with agents and managers.

Susan and Cami Curtis of Curtis Talent Management gave Mike his start and he was off and running. By age 10, he began his professional career in television and film.

In Mike’s first year he was booked as young Niles in “Frasier,” and Artim in the movie “Star Trek: Insurrection.”

During that summer he was on stage at the Ahmanson Theatre performing with The Royal National Theater playing Sir Ian McKellen’s son, Morten, in “An Enemy of the People.”

But, we always recognized the need for balance in Mike’s life. While he had an extended family and lots of childhood friends, he has also been active in sports and charity organizations like Kids With A Cause. He was also invited by the USO to go to Germany.

But, the one project he actively supports is The Thirst Project – the world’s largest youth-oriented clean water charity. Mike is so passionate about it he even launched a campaign to raise money for it at www.crowdrise.com/michaelwelchact.

There are lots of good things going on for this young man from Canyon Country.

 

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