Kaylah Pantaleón is an actor/writer/producer born and raised in southwest Yonkers, New York to Dominican American parents, Marino and Raysa Pantaleón. Kaylah started writing at five years old when her father was sentenced to 12 years in state prison. The experience left a young Kaylah scarred but would later fuel her creativity and open her eyes to the racial injustices in the predominantly Black and Brown neighborhood in which she grew up. She penned these stories in a short essay for Oprah’s National High School Essay Contest and would become one of 50 finalists to appear on the Oprah Show in 2006. In 2008, Kaylah was named Most Influential Latina by New York’s Latino Caucus while attending Emerson College in Boston for Performing Arts. During her college years, she learned to use her love of storytelling to enhance her skills as an actor. In 2015, she moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue both passions and has since appeared in numerous commercials and short films, launched her own production company, La Artista Productions, and published a book titled, Oprah Girl—her first memoir. The young creative has only ever imagined bringing joy to others while advancing humanity through the arts and is incredibly grateful to be living her dream every day.