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Charlotte Ayanna

Actress, Foster Care Advocate, Former Miss Teen USA & Co-Author of "Lost in the System"

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Charlotte Ayanna Biography

Charlotte Ayanna was born in Puerto Rico to Emma Lopez, a schizophrenic alcoholic, her father abandoned the family before her birth. Emma traveled to Vermont where she gave birth to Diana. She and Ayanna were severely neglected and malnourished, living in an apartment unsupervised and hungry, resorting to eating lead paint chips off the walls. During a winter blizzard neighbors found Ayanna and Diana walking barefoot in their diapers. Ayanna’s journey through foster care began that day. She remained lost in the system for the next 16 years, living in 13 foster homes that exposed her to physical, mental and environmental abuse. Ayanna packed two garbage bags when she was 14, voluntarily moving into a group home for Children in Crisis where she lived with 53 boys and girls who had a history of mental, sexual, physical abuse, rape victims, runaways, incest victims and thieves. In a final plea, Ayanna wrote a letter to her social worker asking to help her to find a family. As a result, Jill Charles, the creative director of the prominent Dorset Theater was introduced to Ayanna and adopted her when she was 17. On a $100 bet, Ayanna made history winning the Miss Teen USA pageant wearing a $37.99 dress, traveling the US and many foreign destinations speaking to thousands of people while finishing her studies. She published her first book with Simon & Schuster, Lost In The System, a chronicle of her life in foster care. A highly successful national tour for the book’s release followed where she received numerous awards for her advocacy. She shared a platform with AG, Janet Reno, testifying to the US Congress, and lobbied the Vermont legislature with Bernie Sanders.

Ayanna’s mission is to raise awareness about foster children and others less fortunate, inspire them to rise above traumatic backgrounds and embrace their courage to pursue a life of possibilities and dreams. Her successful career as a film actress, starring alongside Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Hugh Jackman, Adrien Brody, and Ron Perlman, provides her with a benevolent spotlight to bring attention to these goals. She is in the final stage of completing her second non fiction novel, exploring a history of the highs and devastating blows of living with untreated PTSD for the majority of her life, where she has worked to overcome these challenges to be reborn free of phantoms that sometimes overwhelmed and derailed her potential. Her message of truth, hope and inspiration addresses those who question their capacity to overcome self imposed or inherited adversities, and to those who have achieved great success, to remind them how important it is to give back to the community and inspire those who are weak and without hope. Encourage people to understand the lower you fall, the higher you can rise. What one may consider to be the end can in fact, be a new beginning. No matter who you are or what your circumstances, you can achieve anything if you believe in yourself and have faith in a higher force that is always available to you through daily practice of work, prayer, meditation and positive interaction with your contemporaries. Ayanna inspires each and every person to discover the hero within themselves.

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Lost in the System

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Charlotte Ayanna Biography

Charlotte Ayanna was born in Puerto Rico to Emma Lopez, a schizophrenic alcoholic, her father abandoned the family before her birth. Emma traveled to Vermont where she gave birth to Diana. She and Ayanna were severely neglected and malnourished, living in an apartment unsupervised and hungry, resorting to eating lead paint chips off the walls. During a winter blizzard neighbors found Ayanna and Diana walking barefoot in their diapers. Ayanna’s journey through foster care began that day. She remained lost in the system for the next 16 years, living in 13 foster homes that exposed her to physical, mental and environmental abuse. Ayanna packed two garbage bags when she was 14, voluntarily moving into a group home for Children in Crisis where she lived with 53 boys and girls who had a history of mental, sexual, physical abuse, rape victims, runaways, incest victims and thieves. In a final plea, Ayanna wrote a letter to her social worker asking to help her to find a family. As a result, Jill Charles, the creative director of the prominent Dorset Theater was introduced to Ayanna and adopted her when she was 17. On a $100 bet, Ayanna made history winning the Miss Teen USA pageant wearing a $37.99 dress, traveling the US and many foreign destinations speaking to thousands of people while finishing her studies. She published her first book with Simon & Schuster, Lost In The System, a chronicle of her life in foster care. A highly successful national tour for the book’s release followed where she received numerous awards for her advocacy. She shared a platform with AG, Janet Reno, testifying to the US Congress, and lobbied the Vermont legislature with Bernie Sanders.

Ayanna’s mission is to raise awareness about foster children and others less fortunate, inspire them to rise above traumatic backgrounds and embrace their courage to pursue a life of possibilities and dreams. Her successful career as a film actress, starring alongside Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Hugh Jackman, Adrien Brody, and Ron Perlman, provides her with a benevolent spotlight to bring attention to these goals. She is in the final stage of completing her second non fiction novel, exploring a history of the highs and devastating blows of living with untreated PTSD for the majority of her life, where she has worked to overcome these challenges to be reborn free of phantoms that sometimes overwhelmed and derailed her potential. Her message of truth, hope and inspiration addresses those who question their capacity to overcome self imposed or inherited adversities, and to those who have achieved great success, to remind them how important it is to give back to the community and inspire those who are weak and without hope. Encourage people to understand the lower you fall, the higher you can rise. What one may consider to be the end can in fact, be a new beginning. No matter who you are or what your circumstances, you can achieve anything if you believe in yourself and have faith in a higher force that is always available to you through daily practice of work, prayer, meditation and positive interaction with your contemporaries. Ayanna inspires each and every person to discover the hero within themselves.

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  • How to book Charlotte Ayanna?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Charlotte Ayanna for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Charlotte Ayanna, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Charlotte Ayanna or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Charlotte Ayanna?

    Booking fees for Charlotte Ayanna, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Charlotte Ayanna, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Charlotte Ayanna?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Charlotte Ayanna for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Charlotte Ayanna for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Charlotte Ayanna or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Charlotte Ayanna or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Charlotte Ayanna is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Charlotte Ayanna for your event is available upon request. Charlotte Ayanna generally travels from Beverly Hills, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Victoria Rowell, Jennifer Tilly, Ashley Rhodes-Courter, Dave Pelzer and Sandra Oh. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Charlotte Ayanna for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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