The Young Entertainers Academy Awards (YEAA) is the brainchild of Sazz Wanogho-Maud who staged the first national awards ceremony in 2003 for young professionals already making a name for themselves. Held at the Hilton Park Lane in London, the Awards were supported by TV presenter Denise Van Outen, actress & TV presenter Linda Robson, and the cast of EastEnders, as well as by many reputable UK theatrical agents representing young people.
Many Award winners have gone on to achieve great things, such as singer-songwriter Pixie Lott, actors Nicholas Hoult and Aaron Johnson, and actress Leonie Elliott.
Founder & CEO
Sazz Wanogho-Maud is the founder of Young Entertainers Academy Awards an awards ceremony and peer mentoring program, that celebrates, recognise and acknowledge young leaders in entertainment, which was featured in the BBC documentary, STARBUCKS as (ACEA) before rebranding. Sazz trained at Italia Conti, RAD, and BAC, she has appeared in TV commercials, News papers and modelled for the wife of Michael Caine - Shakira Caine fashion line.
Sazz is no stranger to the experience of raising a child in the entertainment industry. Her son,Tosh Wanogho Maud, began performing at a very young age and has continued his career in entertainment well into his adult life, going on to work for many of the large names in the business.
The main aspiration of the YEAAcademy peer mentoring program is to provide a positive incentive and platform for young community entertainers to share their experience, perfect their skills and to build on a strong foundation of confidence that will benefit them, not only in their present careers, but also in whatever path they wish to follow in the future.
The awards a glitzy annual ceremony, honors young performers by celebrating and recognising their achievements.
Before devoting her time to YEAA , Sazz served as a community fundraiser, organising community events aimed at young people from all backgrounds and socio-economics, especially those of diverse and marginalised backgrounds whose life experience may have left them with little opportunities.
Born in Battersea, London England, moved to Kent when she married and started her family. She loved playing sports, the dramatics, and football. At 42, she went to St Mary's University – a university whose notable scholars include Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo and former TV Presenter Anne Marie Ashe. Sazz graduated with a degree in Media/TV/Radio communication. Sazz has also appeared in TV commercials, Newspapers and modelled for the wife of Michael Caine - Shakira Caine fashion line.
Jodie trained at Bird College where she won the Dancing Times Choreography Award and graduated with Distinction. Jodie enjoyed a diverse performing career across many genres including Musical Theatre, Cabaret and Contemporary Dance throughout the UK, Europe and Worldwide on board luxury cruise liners.
Jodie is Assistant Director of Dance at The BRIT School where she teaches a range of techniques and writes, choreographs and directs performance work. She has a breadth of knowledge and experience including technical advancement, artistic development, performance projects and developing and nurturing Industry links. With effective communication skills Jodie has successfully initiated and led some exciting multi arts projects most recently working in Zimbabwe with Kings College London.
She also choreographs for various corporate events, pantomimes and local theatre projects. Jodie holds BA (Hons.) from Christchurch Canterbury University, QTS and Fellowship status with the ISTD. She was in the first cohort to benefit from The Dance UK Teacher mentoring programme and is an Adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals and All England Dance. Jodie was a key note speaker for the FA Talent ID Conference and is developing her practice with motivational climates researching the benefits of responsibility, environment and relationships to enhance training young performers.
Press & PR
Carol Ann Walters Press & Publicity has developed a strong reputation for delivering successful, targeted PR campaigns. Always on budget, always on deadline, Carol Ann offers a results-driven service to ensure best publicity for her clients. Following an early career in radio and then in TV production, Carol Ann originally trained as a broadcast features journalist before following a career in public relations.
Her media and PR experience spans over 20 years, supporting the broadcast, charity, education, small business and commercial arts sectors.
She started working in the media in 1993 and has worked her way up through the ranks including as stringer (a person that generates ideas for a story), researcher, features journalist, scriptwriter, celebrity booker, producer, and as media tutor at Greenwich College.
She founded Carol Ann Walters PR in 2009 to work with a range of clients from regional to national.
She is a member of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Your Business Community (YBC), and is a founder member of the Bromley Creative Community (BCC).
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