My name is Makhyli Simpson as you may have already figured! I am currently 13 years old and I am on a journey to become pretty much everything I ever dreamed of being! When I was a toddler, I was excruciatingly shy; like afraid to speak or even be around anyone! My mom said she had never seen a kid so shy! I even struggled with interacting with my extended family and I really think it frustrated my mom a lot.
When I turned 8, I knew I wanted to be a performer despite being really shy I wanted it more than anything! I also knew I couldn't be shy if I was going to be a performer, so I decided to ask my mom for help; I told her that I really wanted to be on television and I needed her help to give me the courage to do it! I think this was like the best news of her life; she knew I was ready to work on not being so shy and she was OVER ready for me to stop being so shy!
Over the next year my mom gave me things to do like ordering my own food at a restaurant, encouraging me to speak up if I needed something, making me pay for my order at the store, taking me around people more often and challenging me to talk to them, I was even signed up for t-ball so I would have to interact with "strangers" on my own etc. In the beginning, I cried, a couple of times, I cried so hard, I hyperventilated! She would pull me aside, talk to me and we'd try again the next day!
Finally when I turned 9 my mom decided that I was ready for a huge step; she took me to a dance studio in my neighborhood to check out their beginner dance classes! I had never done anything like this; I hadn't even danced in front of my mom, but she told me this was the first step to becoming a performer and if I was really serious, I had to find it inside of me to do it! I was really serious, so I walked into that dance studio for my first class and when I walked out; the instructor pulled my mom aside and told her that I was definitely NOT a beginner and recruited me to be on the competitive dance team! I had NEVER danced before, not even for fun around the house and within 45 minutes of walking into my first dance class, I was on a team; I knew then there was no turning back!
That year I was signed to a modeling agency and actually worked on some cool projects; I competed in dance and learned to absolutely LOVE the stage!
First Agency Shoot and Dance Competition at age 9