By Dylan Hubert

If you were watching television in the 2000s, odds are you saw a little girl with pig-tails popping and locking with some absolutely hectic breakdancing on your screen. That little girl was Alyson Stoner. She got her big break as a dancer and rapper Missy Elliot’s music video for the hit song “Work It” and used that success to catapult a career into childhood stardom. 

Stoner found her way into many of the hit Disney shows of the decade, from “That’s So Raven” to “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.” Stoner also provided her talents in big movies such as “Cheaper by the Dozen” and “Camp Rock.” She even got the opportunity to do some work behind the microphone by voicing a lead character in the animated show “Phineas and Ferb.” 

It was rare in children’s television to see a female playing basketball with the boys. In “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” Stoner played Max, a tomboy. Not only did she play basketball, but she won. She may not have been the biggest star, but she helped pave the way for future female leads in the industry. 

Stoner slipped into the back of many peoples’ minds until bursting back onto the scene at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Stoner joined Missy Elliot, the 2019 recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, in “Work It.” 

Stoner has been releasing music of her own. Her single released in 2019, “Stripped Bare,” is all about a fresh start. In the music video for this self-described “anthem,” Stoner shaves her hair in order to signify a new chapter in her life. 

Stoner also has a YouTube channel where she has more than 650,000 subscribers. This channel is dedicated to showcasing her minimalist lifestyle, helping people lead healthier lives and, of course, highlighting her off-the-chain dance moves. She also opens up about the difficulties she had growing up as a child star and how she overcame those struggles. 

Stoner is the kind of person who can really do it all. It goes to show that one opportunity, coupled with immense and diverse talent, can lead to a nice career of successes. I look forward to seeing what is next for Stoner’s career and where she will be busting a move next.