Christian J Simon Reflects On His Acting Journey Leading Up To Getting Nominated For A 2020 Emmy Award

Christian J Simon Reflects On His Acting Journey Leading Up To Getting Nominated For A 2020 Emmy Award
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“Hard work pays off.” “Believe in yourself.” “Never give up.”

We’ve all heard these sayings before. At times, it seems like they’re just words that don’t have a deeper meaning. The moment I found out that I was nominated for an Emmy Award, I knew that what my parents had been telling me all this time was true. From going on a ton of auditions, to being on “Sydney To The Max” and “T.O.T.S.,” I now know the meaning of hard work pays off.

I moved to Los Angeles in 2016 when I was 8 years old. My parents knew that I really wanted to be a performer and gave me a chance to shoot for my dreams. I was so excited and so nervous at the same time. I had to make new friends, get used to life without family being just a short drive away and switch to being home schooled. Something that helped with the transition was dance classes. It allowed me to live creative and free. Once I was able to catch my breath and find my stride, I hit the ground running.

Over the years, I’ve voiced Darwin on “The Amazing World of Gumball,” guest starred on multiple TV shows and have been in a few commercials…then along came “T.O.T.S.” The show teaches kids about teamwork, understanding that it’s okay to be different and to be a good person, and the music in the show helps drive the message home in a playful way that kids can sing along with.

From the beginning, I fell in love with Freddy. He is a friendly flamingo who has a heart of gold. He’ll do whatever it takes to be sure that the babies in the nursery are as happy as they can be. Freddy and his pal, Pip the Penguin, work along with storks to deliver babies to their families. Even though the pair aren’t the traditional baby deliverers, they always find a way to get the job done!

Being nominated for an Emmy for such a great role is something that I am proud of. I’m honored to have my work recognized among such great voice actors. Winning would be amazing, but the nomination alone is a win. Because of that, I can honestly tell you that hard work does pay off.

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