Local Son Wins International Modeling Award

Jeff and Tiffany Sebastian have busy careers and are actively engaged in giving back to the community, but they are also involved parents. Their son, Grayson Blake Sebastian, recently won the International Modeling Award at a competition in New York City.

People from all over the world attended the event, and it was a unique, rewarding experience for Grayson, a student at Sugar Land Preparatory Academy. Grayson started his modeling career in October 2017 after being noticed on YouTube tutorials, where he enjoys recreating Hollywood classics and 80’s film favorites.

While the recognition has been impressive, Mom Tiffany values Grayson’s modeling as a fantastic avenue for learning crucial life skills. “Being on time for auditions and productions has taught Grayson the importance of discipline and punctuality. Changing of directions given by directors also teaches him self-control. It has built his self-confidence. It is building a strong work ethic. It is teaching him amazing social skills, especially in adapting to new people and environments.”

Grayson enjoys modeling because it exposes him to people of different backgrounds and age groups. Modeling has opened acting doors for him, and both have allowed him to travel and make friends all around the world.

Attending a small college prep school has allowed Grayson to have a non-traditional education while meeting the demands of the modeling and acting industries. While at school, he enjoys a small teacher to student ratio, and Sugar Land Preparatory Academy allows him to be flexible and hop on a flight when needed.

Of course, he couldn’t do this without the support of his parents, who stress the importance of priorities and encourage him to follow his passions. Tiffany said, “Jeff and I feel that actors are emotional athletes. Actors and models must master certain skills to become great at their craft. Being a part of this industry requires Grayson to put himself out there in front of the public eye. He must be self-confident but humble, and always polite.”

Modeling and acting are helping Grayson be ready for whatever he encounters in life. Jeff and Tiffany are helping him keep his focus in the right place and supporting him as he follows his dream.

Rebecca Deurlein
Rebecca Deurlein

Rebecca Deurlein is the author of Teenagers 101: What a top teacher wishes you knew about helping your kid succeed, and President of Teenager Success 101, a one-on-one academic coaching company dedicated to helping kids find success. She blogs and writes internationally, speaks to parents across the nation, and loves every minute of living in Sugar Land, TX. Find her on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Huffington Post, or through her own blog A Teacher’s Guide to Understanding Teenagers. All can be accessed at www.TeenagerSuccess101.com.