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Local Toddler Lands Movie Deal

It doesn't take a scientist to figure out that 2-year old Indyah Hanshaw is a performer.

And it didn't take movie producers long to cast her in the Lifetime Television movie "The Fantasia Barrino Story", a biography of the 2005 American Idol winner, which debuted Saturday night. Little Indyah's journey to stardom started back in May.

"She's with a modeling agency in New Orleans called Fame, and I sent her comp card, her and my other daughter's comp cards off, and she called me on a Tuesday. I sent the comp card off on a Friday, and she called me on a Tuesday, and she said they needed 2 to 4 year olds to play the part of Zion, Fantasia's daughter," said Indyah's mother Q'Juania Hanshaw.

Indyah went in for an audition, and surprisingly, did not say one word.

So, her parents, Q'Juania and Carl, did not expect her to be called back.

"No, because like I said she didn't say a word, and I thought, me and my husband, we were like, 'well, maybe next time she'll get something else.'But they called her back, and she started shooting the next week, on the 17th," said Hanshaw.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

At two years old, she has a movie under her belt, she had her own trailer on the New Orleans movie set, and has rubbed shoulders with stars like Fantasia Barrino, actress Loretta Devine, and producer Debbie Allen.

But fame hasn't gone to her head.

For now, she's content with simply playing with her big sister Ashia.

"I hope more movies or commercials or modeling or whatever. She's only 2, so hopefully it'll keep going," said Hanshaw.  

If you missed Indyah's debut Saturday night, don't worry.

The Lifetime TV channel will show encore presentations of the movie Sunday night and Monday night, both at 7 p.m. central time.  

By Karla Redditte

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