There’s no such thing as being too young to perform. These Long Islanders all started sharing their talents at an early age, from a magician who was up to tricks in kindergarten, one of the youngest contestants to appear on “The Voice,” and twins who have amassed an impressive list of screen credits before they were saying full sentences.
ALANNA AND MIA AMOSCATO
THE GIG The twins appear in several episodes of TV Land’s “The Jim Gaffigan Show”
THEIR STORY The siblings had their first job at 2 months in the movie “How to Be Single” after their mom, Donna, answered a casting notice on Facebook. Since then they’ve worked on TV’s “Madam Secretary,” “Blindspot” and Gaffigan’s sitcom. “They can only work for a certain amount of hours,” says Donna, an environmental scientist. “If one is acting up, they can take the other one in.” She says the girls will keep working as long as they enjoy it, and suspects Mia is more likely to pursue acting as she gets older. “Mia is very hammy and likes when the camera is on her. Alanna is more serious,” Donna says. “They’re like my comedy and tragedy masks.”
WHAT’S NEXT They’ll be seen in two upcoming films: “Sully,” starring Tom Hanks, and “The Girl on the Train,” with Emily Blunt.
THE GIG The season 3 “Voice” contestant just released her first single, “Then One Day.”
HER STORY Rizzitello was 6 when her music teacher told her parents “your daughter has a voice like an angel” and should pursue music. Though she did school shows and sang the national anthem at a Ducks game, Rizzitello’s real break came at age 15 in 2012 when she was on “The Voice” and landed a spot on Christina Aguilera’s team. “That was the first time I took music so seriously,” she says. “I was working every day with big industry people that I’d never had the opportunity to work with.” After her elimination, Rizzitello performed at Manhattan’s Apollo Theater and started writing songs. “Then One Day” was inspired by a friend whose family was affected by autism (proceeds from iTunes sales go to the Family Center for Autism in Garden City).
WHAT’S NEXT She’s working hard at writing more songs.
31, Franklin Square
THE GIG He’s performed magic for such VIPs as Robert De Niro and Michael Bloomberg.
HIS STORY Gary the Great, as Ferrar bills himself, began doing magic in grade school. Since graduating from Hofstra, where he studied performing arts, he’s been up to tricks performing at pediatric hospitals, on Fox News Channel and, in 2012, on “America’s Got Talent. “It was a good experience, but not what I expected,” says Ferrar, who didn’t get past the first cut. “It was a lot more heavily produced than you might think.” Ferrar does mostly private events, many of which draw celebrities. “I was doing a parlor show and happened to pull someone from the back of the room,” Ferrar says. “He had a cap on and a large beard. In the middle of the routine I realized I had called up Robert De Niro. We talked afterward, and [he] had me do a trick for his daughter.”
WHAT’S NEXT Prepare to be amazed when Ferrar performs at parks throughout Long Island this summer.