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Miley Cyrus’ Big Break; Dray Made It Happen

Miley Cyrus then and now
Miley Cyrus Then and Now

When Disney Channel was deciding on the star in the HANNAH MONTANA TV series, one of the executives wanted my opinion about a young girl they were considering casting as the lead.  I had no involvement with the series or the young girl but they wanted me to use my “Dray Meter.” The executives at Disney Channel wanted to know, does she have “it”? Can she be a star? What do you think?  “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” was already on the air and was one of her favorite shows.  Of course, I loved that!  So I invited her to the set of our show to meet her and to apply my Dray Meter.

Once she arrived on set, I opened my arms out wide and gave her the biggest hug. It was right then and there that I saw “the magic”.  She was fearless, very confident, personable and willing to work and learn. We spent time together talking and laughing…I felt her star power immediately. She was warm, engaging and ambitious, but underneath it all was a real Southern Girl who wanted to be a kid star badly. She knew where she belonged and she was ready for it.

My report back to the powers that be was… Make the deal with this young girl!  She is going to be huge… so, the star of the show? None other than Miley Cyrus. Talk about FABULOUS! Miley never misses a beat to let people know when I am in her presence that the call I made to the Disney Channel executives was the final factor in getting her the job and jump starting her rise to stardom.



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    1. By going to! Learn more about me, watch my very helpful 6 free video webinars about subjects ranging from how to audition to dealing with rejection to your image. And learn about my current Dray Kids featured on the site. Wanna Be a Dray Kid? Enter the Facebook contest and you could win a free Skype session with me. Watch the video on how to enter on the homepage of the site. Or book your own Private Skype Session…ask your parents to help you sign up. Keep coming back!

  1. So I want to be an actress on any show in the world. How could I possibly meet up with you or have any connection without a video cam, since I do live across the country? How could we possibly do any business? Can you tell me bluntly if I could still be an actress, living hundreds of miles away in Delaware?

  2. I want to become a singer/actor,but i can’t because i don’t have enough money and i also can’t post videos on facebook to win a free scype session.What can I do?

    1. Dear Tabitha – do you or your friends have an iphone or a video camera on their phone? If so, you can participate in the contest. Or do any of your friends have webcams on their computers? We are planning to offer Holiday Prices for the skype sessions on our Facebook Fan page, Announcements about the sale will be made very soon!

  3. Hi I’m Cassie,
    I really want to have a chance to become a actress/singer, I don’t have the money for it. I was hoping theres another way to video chat. I am aware about the contest 🙂 but I can’t have a facebook. I really need help being able to talk to you. Also, Do you need to have alot of expiernce, I haven’t had lesson I have never auditoned. So if you think i should try somthing else first I will..

    ~Cassie ?

  4. I am 15 years old and ever since I was little I wanted to be an actress of any kind. I do get nervous when I am in front of a group of people(even if I know them), but when I am with my friends and/or family I am very sociable and upbeat. I really want to be on television and make the world smile like so many actors do to me. However, I do not want to talk to my family about it just yet. I want to have faith in myself before talking with them and I want to know that I can do it from someone like yourself. What should I do?

  5. Hi Dray my name is Dorresa Jackson & I am really interested in acting in fact I am going through the process of starting off my acting career but I am somewhat shy and I tend to get scared because I am afraid of failure and rejection! I am afraid that I will get on stage and not know what to say, I really am interested in taking my creative side to the next step however I feel as if I will blow it and will not get another chance like this. I was that is if you do not mind could you give me any insights on how to get over stage fright because I don’t want to embarrass myself once I am on stage.

  6. Your website is fabulous and this is my dream to become a star. You seem so nice, I would love to meet you someday. I am working on my new website. I would love for you to see it. I am also planning on taking some of your lessons.

  7. Hey yall i want to be a star real bad.i came over the fear of stage fright and i understand many things to know not to be nervous.i have been in many plays at my church and i know when to act serious.i practice my skills on imagination.

  8. omg i am bout to cry plzzzz i want to talk to her so bad i all ways wanted to be a singer. my name is Tamarie braham i want to be a singer i am 13 and i want to know if u can help me because i am shy to sing while people is around please email me (

    1. Hi Tamarie – book a Skype session so we can talk about your career and I can give you the advice and coaching you need to get started. Also, watch my free Webinars on the site. The 6 videos will help you greatly. You can also go to The Dray Way FB page and upload a video for the Wanna Be A Dray Kid Contest. The winner wins a free Skype session with me! Best of luck and hope to speak soon!

  9. Hi my name is callie i am 10 years old and i want to be an actress i think i got what it takes!!but i would probly want to be on disney channel.I will be a little embarrassed when i started if i get there but i think i would get used to it.I have not tooking any classes or anything i donty know what to do first i have good grades,and i really want to be an acter,but i dont know how to get to that point!!!

    1. Dear Callie – that is why I have my Skype sessions so I can help you and your parents get started. My first piece of advise to you would be to watch my 6 Webinars – the free videos on my site then start auditioning for local productions in your area, theatre, school plays, take acting lessons, dance lessons – make the most of what the arts can offer you at home.

  10. Hello, I would like to be a Dray Kid but my parents are a little reluctant about it. Do you have any advice that I could possibly pass on to them that would help them possibly let me have a skype session?

    1. Dear Lindsay – have your parents watch the 6 Free Webinars on the site and the video on the homepage so they can understand what you and your parents will get out of booking a Skype session. These videos should answer any hesitations they might have. Thanks for reading and hope to talk to you soon over Skype!

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