“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves,” said Shakespeare.
12-year-old entertainer Rita Angel Taylor inherently understands this with her heart. Born in Brazil to an American father and Brazilian mother and fluent in both English and Portuguese, this tenderfoot girl knows the meaning of destiny even if she doesn’t yet fully comprehend the definition.
By age six, Rita had booked her first audition as a co-star on Nickelodeon's teen sitcom Sam & Cat. The popular TV show was canceled after Rita's first episode but it would still make a significant impact on her career. After meeting superstar singer/performer Ariana Grande on-set, Rita was inspired to follow in Ariana's footsteps so she made the tearful decision to take a break from acting to pursue her newfound musical interests. Only one year later, Rita had become a proficient guitarist and pianist and was anxious to start performing live. Like most kids her age, inspiration came from a familiar place – YouTube. After seeing a video of a young street performer in front of the infamous Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, it was not long before Rita, now inspired, had convinced her parents to allow her to do the same thing on the world-famous Fremont Street, not far from the iconic Bellagio fountains.
Rita’s resolve to make it as a singer/performer was unshakable and in less than a year, Rita, now known as the performer RAT, had become one of the top street performers in the city making as much as $500 an hour in tips. Her beautifully unique voice, extraordinary vocal range combined with her natural showmanship and advanced musical talents, always drew incredible crowds and from time to time irritation from her fellow street performers. As Rita's crowds grew so did visits and phone calls from Hollywood talent agents and managers. But one manager in particular won Rita's heart and the trust of her parents. She was Lori Knight at Knight Light Entertainment. Joel Goldman, Executive Director of the Entertainment Industry Strategy & Relations at CARE.org, had heard about Rita through a mutual friend and tipped off Lori to RAT’s growing popularity.
Rita is now in eighth grade and already taking high-school level courses. Her two favorite subjects are math and computer programming. She also loves charitable causes, especially helping impoverished children, because her mother was raised in a poor family in the Northeast Region of Brazil where Rita’s Grandmother and family still live in poverty to this day. And as a result of her burning passion to help her family in Brazil and needy children around the world, CARE.org appointed Rita as its youngest-ever Goodwill Ambassador. Rita cherishes the time she spends with her family and friends. And she is once again pursuing her acting career in Los Angeles, CA, in addition to her continued pursuit of a music career.
After taking three years off from acting to develop her musical talents, Rita has reason to be encouraged with both of her career paths. Since returning to acting, Rita has landed a Series Regular role as “Opal” on the Brat TV series “Sunnyside Up” and a Recurring role as “Nancy” on the TV Land sitcom “Teachers.” Rita has also received praise from upper management at Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and Netflix, and she has appeared in several nationally televised commercials. Rita is theatrically represented by Paradigm Talent Agency.
And, through it all, Rita still finds time for her songwriting and music. She occasionally performs live at select venues across the USA; Producers for NBC’s America's Got Talent and Songland have invited her to audition for their respective TV shows although she currently has no plans to do so. Rita’s first original song “For My Girls” was independently released in March 2019 and is being used by CARE.org as their girl empowerment anthem to help needy girls around the world. Rita is donating all of her download proceeds from “For My Girls” to CARE.org. In Spring 2020 Rita will release her second original song on Brat Records followed by a surprise announcement soon thereafter.