Childhood & Early Life
Blake Michael was born on July 31, 1996, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to Monique and Steven Michael. He is of mixed origin as his father is of Russian Jewish descent, while his mother is of Hispanic origin. His maternal grandfather was from Puerto Rico. Michael was home-schooled along with his older brother Zack.
At the age of three, he fell in love with story-telling and fine arts, such as painting. His parents realized his love for performing arts when he started telling them that he prefers to be ‘inside the box (TV set).’ Subsequently, his parents got him signed with an agent when he was just three years old.
He followed in his older brother’s footsteps to pursue swimming as a hobby at a young age. He went on to win many state championships in swimming and broke a few state records as well.
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He started his career in show business at the age of three. With the help of an agent, he started featuring in many print advertisements.
At the age of five, he was enrolled in acting classes at the ‘Company Acting Studio’ in Atlanta. He learned acting from Lisina (Longo) Stoneburner who noticed his talent and potential of becoming an actor.
Lisina and her staff at the ‘Company Acting School’ nurtured and groomed his acting skills. His parents too encouraged him to spend more time honing his acting skills as they were convinced of his potential. Also, his teachers would often tell his parents that he would become an actor in the future.
At the age of six, he was signed by the popular Atlanta-based talent agent Joy Pervis. His first main role in a commercial was for the famous restaurant chain, ‘Bojangles’ Famous Chicken.’ In the commercial, he appeared along with American football star Jake Delhomme.
At the age of 10, he was selected to host a series of four collaborative commercials made for ‘Cartoon Network’ and ‘Hasbro Toys.’ Subsequently, he was contacted by the executives of ‘Cartoon Network’ channel and was invited to host his own show for the popular TV channel.
Ultimately, he was signed as a host for a ‘Cartoon Network’ show that was to be aired on Fridays and Saturdays. While the show aired on Friday was titled ‘Fried Dynamite,’ the Saturday show was titled ‘Dynamite Action Squad.’ The shows, which he hosted for three years, were aimed at boys between the age group of 6 to 11 years.
He appeared in a feature film titled ‘Chosen’ at the age of eight. Subsequently, he also appeared in short films titled ‘Elephant Juice’ and ‘Magellan’ at the age of 12 and 13 respectively.
In 2007, he made an appearance in the pilot episode of the ‘ABC’ channel soap opera ‘October Road.’ In 2008, he appeared in the episode ‘Bad Fad’ in the ‘Cartoon Network’ series ‘Out of Jimmy’s Head.’
In 2010, he appeared in the direct-to-video movie ‘No Limit Kids: Much Ado About Middle School’ along with teen country music singer Celeste Kellogg. He later collaborated with Kellogg for a duet song titled ‘Looking in Your Eyes.’ He also made a cameo appearance in the music video of Kellogg’s song ‘My Jeans.’
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In June 2010, he was cast by ‘Disney Studios’ for its made-for-TV musical, ‘Lemonade Mouth.’ He played one of the lead characters named Charlie Delgado in the movie which released in 2011.
In the same year, he appeared in the film ‘The Mortician.’ He then played Jimmy Epson in the 2011 short film ‘Living with N.A.D.S.: The Jimmy Epson Story.’ In 2011, he also directed his first short film titled ‘Anonymous.’
In November 2011, he was cast to play the lead role of Tyler James in the ‘Disney Channel’ show ‘Dog with a Blog.’ He appeared in the show for three years from 2012 to 2015. The show went on to receive four ‘Emmy Award’ nominations.
In 2012, he appeared in an episode titled ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ in the television series ‘True Blood.’ In the episode, he played the teenage version of one of the most important characters named Alcide Herveaux.
In 2013, he directed his second short film titled ‘Notes of Hers.’ Apart from writing and directing the film, he also composed its music. In the same year, he appeared in an episode titled ‘Inside Job’ in the ‘ABC Family’ sitcom series ‘Melissa & Joey.’ He played Archer Adams in the Rob Schiller-directed episode.
In 2015, he appeared in the television film ‘I killed my BFF.’ The film was inspired by a true crime story and was made for the American pay TV channel ‘Lifetime.’ He played Chase in the film which released on June 13, 2015.
In 2017, he appeared in the film ‘The Student’ in which he played a character named Vance Van Sickle. In the same year, he was cast to play Pete in an independent film titled ‘Princess of the Row.’
Awards & Achievements
In 2013, he was honored with the ‘Young Artist Award’ by a non-profit organization called ‘Young Artist Association’ for his work in the ‘Disney Channel’ TV series ‘Dog with a Blog.’ He was awarded under the category ‘Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actor.’ In the same year, his film ‘Notes of Hers’ won the ‘Audience Choice Award’ at the annual ‘Red Rock Film Festival’ in Southern Utah, United States.
His film ‘Notes of Hers’ made the finals for the ‘Best Film Award’ at the ‘Toronto Student Film Festival’ in 2013. The ‘Toronto Student Film Festival,’ which is now called ‘Take 21,’ is an annual event that showcases young talent in various genres of short film-making.
Family & Personal Life
Blake Michael is a self-proclaimed Francophile as he loves everything about the French culture. He often travels to France and can speak French fluently.
He is fond of cars and racing. In 2016, he drove a late model race car for a charity event at ‘Irwindale Speedway.’ Among his other passions is swimming which he learned from his older brother Zack, who is an aeronautical engineer.
He is active on social media. At the age of 12, he became one of the youngest social media personalities to acquire a YouTube partnership. He is currently active on Twitter and Instagram where he has thousands of followers.