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  • Television show spotlights budding lake actress

  • A mom and daughter with ties to the Lake area are part of a program on TLC that features three mother-daughter duos all seeking stardom in Hollywood.
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  • A mom and daughter with ties to the Lake area are part of a program on TLC that features three mother-daughter duos all seeking stardom in Hollywood.
    Fifteen-year-old Presley Cash and her mom Sandy Haun are part of the one-hour special "Raising Fame" that will air on TLC at 9:30/8:30 p.m. EST/CST following Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
    From the Sunrise Beach area, Presley and Sandy have been splitting time between the Lake and Los Angeles for eight years as Presley tries to break into the Hollywood entertainment industry.
    In addition to two other Hollywood hopefuls and their "momagers" — mother and manager — the show follows the crazy life of Presley and Sandy as they navigate the perils of a cut throat industry with in their own unique and crazy style.
    "It's about our crazy journey through Hollywood and our experiences trying to get famous," says Presley.
    The mother-daughter pair made the show outside normal Hollywood channels — not through an agent.
    Around a year and a half ago, Sandy submitted Presley for a project that said it was looking for amazing singer/songwriters. Presley auditioned and got a call back. After Presley put down a track with them, they told her it was really good, but she didn't hear anything back from them.
    A few months later, they finally called and said it was for a reality show.
    A film crew followed Presley and her mom just about everywhere for 36 hours — all for 13-15 minutes of show time with the one-hour special divided between the three pairs.
    "It was really crazy at first. There were eleven people and cameras in our one bedroom apartment and they're like 'act natural, just go about your everyday life. So at first you're like ummm, but then after about five hours of filming you forget they're there," says Presley.
    From their small apartment in Oakland, the crew followed Presley and Sandy to auditions and even put cameras in their car.
    "It was really fun. It's literally just being yourself and being crazy," she says.
    After the filming was done, the show was picked up by TLC.
    The two are excited to see the show when it airs Wednesday. Outside of promo bits and commercials, Sandy says they themselves haven't seen the final product.
    "It's so funny because we haven't seen it either. We're excited to see how it turned out. There was a lot of crazy stuff in 36 hours," she says.
    And according to Presley, what's on the show is all par for the course.
    "The crazy is that is how our life really is. People are always telling us that we need a reality show because of all the crazy hijinks that happen to us," she says.
    Page 2 of 3 - As Sandy puts it, "We're raising fame out here, and raising a little cane too."
    She hopes everybody at the lake watches the show.
    "The goal is to make everybody back home proud," Sandy says.
    Presley is also hopeful that people will also see from the show that she is talented.
    "I think a lot of opportunities will come from being on the show. People can watch and see that I do have talent and that I'm in this for the long haul," she says.
    According to "momager" Sandy, you have to be a jack of all trades to make it in Hollywood.
    "You have to go around getting as many people to notice you as you can," she says.
    Presley is a triple threat — a singer and songwriter as well as an actress.
    Two years ago, Presley was featured in the Lake Sun for her role as a bullied girl in the Taylor Swift video, "Mean."
    But Presley says she wants to focus on the music part of her career and acting goes along with it.
    "My goal is to keep doing it all and be successful at what I love doing, and I do love it. If I didn't love the industry I wouldn't still be doing it. I want to be recognized for my talent and I guess that's called famous, so yes, I'd love be at the Grammys someday. I love what I do and want to be recognized for it," she says.
    Presley has been acting since she was seven. Before trying Hollywood, she did commercials in Kansas City.
    "Everybody says they like acting because they get to be somebody else, but I think it's because you get to pull a part of yourself that you haven't brought out yet or want to express more. You get to explore different parts of yourself. Sometimes I think wow, I didn't know that was there."
    Presley has always loved singing and began singing around the lake area when she was a little girl.
    She grew up singing at places like Franky & Louie's in Sunrise Beach and the now closed Osage River Bar & Grill and Millstone.
    "Since I was a little girl, I've been singing with DJ Kelly. I love him. We always sing 'Jackson' by Johnny and June Cash together. I love the Branding Iron (Bar & Grill)," Presley says. " I grew up loving singing, and I love an audience. It's so much fun. I love entertaining, singing and writing music."
    Presley is also a past winner of the karaoke contest at the Hillbilly Fair. The Laurie fair is still a favorite for her, and she tries to come home for it every year as well as coming home at other times of the year to spend quality time with family especially her dad.
    Page 3 of 3 - Being from the Ozarks helps keep Presley grounded, says Sandy.
    When she was still an elementary grade student, Presley would come home to go to school at Hurricane Deck Elementary in Sunrise Beach.
    Though she may be following her dreams in Hollywood, Presley is sticking to her small town Missouri values. She and Sandy have cuts ties with past agents and not done certain projects that don't fit in with Presley's "brand."
    "I want to be a good influence. I don't want to do anything dark right now or do anything giving a negative message into the world. I want to focus on the bright spots in life," Presley explains. "Some people don't understand that and want me to do dark things beyond what a 16 year old would be facing. My mom's behind me 100 percent on it. Some people get really mad about it. But I'm from Missouri, from a small town — we come from good morals and I think I should stick to those."
    According to Sandy when they decided they were in it for the long haul back when Presley was seven, they decided they wouldn't be "selling her soul" for the industry.
    "To make it in this town ... I'd say at least 80 percent of the starving actors here have talent. People that are able to be in it for the long haul have to know how to face all the monsters and there a lot of monsters. You have to be strong as hell. A lot of people try to run you off, work you down, but you've got to keep on going. I've done a lot of things in my life, and this is by far the hardest but the most fulfilling game of chance you could ever play," Sandy says.
    Presley describes the Hollywood entertainment industry as "one big slot machine."
    But despite the craziness of the business and the slim odds of "making it," Presley never doubts what she's doing.
    "I always thought this is what I need to be doing. I've always had a great belief system that yeah it's going to happen," she says.

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