Bright future on the horizon for local teen



Garrett Dalton, a rising ninth grader at Pulaski County High School, spent last weekend doing something a little unconventional — he competed and was a finalist in a male swimsuit competition in Boca Raton, Fla.

“Everybody told me I should be a model, so I said let’s give this a try,” said Dalton, who has been modeling for about a year.

Mandy Silla is Dalton’s agent at Carolina Talent in Charlotte, N.C., and she said, “Garrett is a talented model and actor. We just returned from an event in which he did extremely well and was showcased to agents and managers worldwide.”

“Mandy Silla set up the whole thing at the International Talent Showcase in Boca Raton. When he competed in Florida, he worked with Model Management Group (MMG), based in L.A., but they have an office in New York,” said Chelsey O’Dell, Dalton’s mother. She said he also has been scouted by a Canadian agency in Toronto, and said “if he goes with them, he has to go to China for three-to-four months.”

At this time, however, there is no more competition in the near future. “Since he went to this last one he was given a scholarship to go back next year,” said O’Dell.

Dalton will be traveling to New York in a few weeks to have a photo shoot with MMG. “Everything is very computer-based. Instead of having to travel for auditions, they send them to the casting director, and she wants a New York City fashion shoot,” said O’Dell, who is also looking forward to the trip to New York. “I do photography, so I’ve always got a camera in front of him. Ever since he was 12 he would tell me he wanted to be a Calvin Klein model,” she said.

O’Dell said all of her son’s friends and family including big brother, Hunter, and father, Bradley Dalton, are very supportive of his modeling and growing acting career, as he recently almost landed a spot in a BoJangles commercial. “He definitely has the personality for acting,” said O’Dell.

Dalton is more than just a pretty face, though. He loves Motocross, fixing cars, playing for the junior varsity Cougar football team and all kinds of outdoor activities. “He rides that dirt bike like it’s nobody’s business. If you pull up here and see the black marks in the road, I know Garrett did it,” said O’Dell. “He’s all boy.”

“I’m very proud of him He’s worked really hard. He takes a lot of time out of his free time,” said O’Dell. “We don’t really get excited about it, we just do it,” said O’Dell. “We’ve gone through Carolina Talent and go to Charlotte once a month. I asked Garrett if he was excited once and he was like, ‘Mom, I’m just Garrett.’”



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