Born in Hawaii, Janel started her career with a love for music. She entered and won a state-wide singing contest at age six and soon followed that with being cast in the National Touring Company and Broadway Company of Les Miserables as ‘Little Cosette.’ It wasn’t long before Janel’s Broadway experience and recognition led her to acting auditions in Hollywood. While studying acting, Janel continued to train vocally, eventually adding piano and dance to her repertoire. She also began writing her own music, which led to becoming the lead singer in a three girl pop group called “Impulse.”
The past few years has seen Janel appear in many television shows and made-for-TV movies such as “Gepetto,” “Baywatch,” ‘The O’Keefe’s,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Zoey 101,” and most recently, “The O.C.” In the summer of 2007, Janel made her feature film debut starring as Jade, one of the lead characters in the Lionsgate feature film Bratz: The Movie. Immediately following the film’s release, Janel was cast as a guest star on the NBC hit show ‘Heroes.’ Janel plays May, the head cheerleader at the new school that Claire (Hayden Panettiere) attends.
In 2009, Janel was quite busy filming multiple episodes as Kyla on the hit TV show, “True Jackson, VP” on Nickelodeon and had starring roles in two feature films, “One Kine Day” and ‘Knots.’
Currently, Janel can be seen on Tuesday nights appearing as ‘Mona’ in the top-rated ABC Family TV series, “Pretty Little Liars.”
Janel currently lives in Los Angeles and is well on her way to achieving her dream of becoming a recognized film actress and a solo recording artist.
About the Be Good to Each Other campaign
At CustomInk, we believe in the Golden Rule and treating others with kindness and respect. Statistics show that between 20-30% of school-aged kids in the United States have been bullied. That is why we've created the Be Good To Each Other campaign to help increase awareness and ultimately prevent bullying by uniting groups with custom t-shirts.
This is the third year of the CustomInk Be Good To Each Other campaign. With the help of our celebrity partners, the media and you, CustomInk has raised more than $20,000 for bullying prevention efforts. And the power of t-shirts goes beyond just the funds raised - thousands of people continue to wear the shirts they've purchased and spread the word that bullying is not okay!
About our partner: PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center
Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages and educates communities nationwide to address bullying through creative, relevant and interactive resources. PACER’s bullying prevention resources are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities.
PACER offers digital-based resources for parents, schools, teens and youth, including:
• PACER.org/Bullying: This is the portal page for parents and educators to access bullying resources, which include educational toolkits, awareness toolkits, contest ideas, promotional products and more.
• PACERTeensAgainstBullying: Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be heard, and to own an important social cause.
• PACERKidsAgainstBullying: A creative, innovative and educational website designed for elementary school students to learn about bullying prevention, engage in activities and be inspired to take action.
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