Symonne Harrison is an actress, dancer, influencer, and inventor, and she’s only 14! She is also like a little sister to me so I’m thrilled I get to have her on my blog and be able to spotlight the amazing talent that she is! Keep reading to learn what acting roles Symonne has in the works and about her invention, Bear On The Chair! Make sure to follow her across social media because she is definitely one to watch!
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started as an influencer.
I have always loved to entertain! My passion for performing really started at a young age. I began dancing at the age of 3. I was signed by a talent agent at the age of 7. I competitively danced for 5 years. I danced for my hometown Cleveland Cavaliers and also performed at Walt Disney World. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and my family moved to Los Angeles 3 years ago to further my acting career. I love creating content on my YouTube channel and have weekly episodes every Friday at 12:30pm pst/ 3:30pm est. Recently, I appeared on the Showtime Golden Globe-winning drama series, The Affair and just filmed my first feature film, The Christmas Dance.
What is Bear On The Chair and why did you create it?
I invented the product, Bear On The Chair, at the age of 6. I also hold a design patent for my product. I thought it would be fun for kids to have a positive reinforcement teddy bear all year long. I was inspired by Elf on the Shelf and I thought, why not have something that helps kids behave well all year long, not just at Christmas time!
Bear On The Chair is a year-round behavior buddy for kids. It is a great behavior tool that parents and teachers can use with children 3 and up. It comes with a cute bear that wears a T-shirt with a velcro patch. There are two patches included. There is a happy face patch and a sad face patch. When kids are behaving well, doing great, and working on their goals, manners, skills, etc. the caregiver, teacher, or parent will put on the happy face patch. If things get off track, the parent will switch the patch to the sad face patch. It gives kids an instant visual tool to let them think about what they are doing well or the things that need improvement.
Bear On The Chair also teaches empathy by showing children how their actions are affecting others. It’s also a great motivator for them to work hard to keep working towards their goals.
Bear On The Chair also helps children with Autism. The velcro patches become the voice for children with autism that are nonverbal. They use the patches to express their emotions to their caregiver when otherwise they would get upset and frustrated when unable to express their feelings. Bear On The Chair is sold on the website www.bearonthechair.com, Amazon, and in select Learning Express stores.
What’s your favorite beauty product?
I really love the teen beauty line Petite n Pretty! They have a great selection of hypoallergenic beauty products. I have sensitive skin, so all their products are perfect for me! Their mascara is amazing and all their lip glosses are so pretty!
What’s your favorite show to binge?
I love watching Selling Sunsets on Netflix! I am also a huge fan of the show, The Profit. It’s a great business show!
What does being an influencer mean to you?
As a teen social influencer, I try to use my platform to spread positivity and goodwill throughout my social media. I encourage my followers to stay true to who they are and work hard towards their goals and dreams. I want to be a good role model for others.
What are your goals for the immediate future?
I like to set mini and long term goals for myself. I am always working on personal and career goals. One of my immediate goals is a merch line. My supporters have been asking me to get merch out and I think it would be really fun!
What is the key to being a successful influencer?
In my opinion, I think the answer to that question is different for every influencer. Having an outgoing personality and connecting with your fans, is always a plus. I personally really love interacting with my followers when I can and replying to their comments. I believe you should always be yourself and the right people will love you! I feel so grateful for all the love and support I get from my followers. A big thank you to everyone who supports me, especially all my Instagram followers and YouTube subscribers! I love you all so much!