When Lynden Prosser was 5 years old, he told his mother that he wanted to be “in” the TV.
“I would laugh and tell him that the people on TV had a job,” recalled mom Leanne Silicato Prosser.
Lynden, now 12, was undeterred, and he is proof that hard work and determination pays off—even at a young age. The Millsboro resident is the voice behind Umi, the main character in “Children of the Sea.“
The Japanese anime will premier at a private screening on Aug. 14 in The Cube, part of Movies at Midway in Rehoboth Beach. From Aug. 15 through Aug. 20, the general public can see the movie at 1 p.m. or 7 p.m. daily.
Prosser became involved in local theater at age 6. He also modeled for Barbizon Models in Wilmington.
“He wanted to be in front of the camera,” his mom said. “He was always wildly mature for his age.”
Silicato Prosser—a working mom with three young kids—let her son lead the charge to New York; she didn’t push.
“I wanted to make sure he was serious before we found an agent,” she explained.
Evidently, he was. She listened outside an agent’s door as he belted out a song from the musical “Newsies.“
“He doesn’t have a shy bone in his body,” she marveled.
The agent signed him on the spot, but he’s since switched to Stewart Talent, the same agency that represents Delaware’s Quinn McColgan, who starred with Kate Winslet in “Mildred Pierce.” Both are Worcester Preparatory School students.
Prosser does not take it personally if he doesn’t get a role.
“I’ve probably had 100 auditions altogether,” said the 12-year-old veteran. “You can’t get frustrated. You have to stay focused. Casting agents are looking for something so specific. You have to keep your head up.”
Prosser, who has done voiceovers before, had the right stuff for the English-speaking version of “Children of the Sea.”
The film is about a young girl named Ruka who spends her summer in an aquarium, where her father works. There she meets the mysterious brothers Umi and Sora, who were raised by dugongs, mammals related to manatees.
Prosser spent more than nine hours in a New York recording studio to do the voiceover, which had to match the tone and pace of the original Japanese.
“I wasn’t that nervous, but I was really excited,” said Prosser, who took his cues from a director on Zoom. “It was a really great experience. I learned a lot.”
The movie was scheduled for a spring release in theaters throughout the United States and Canada. COVID-19 changed all that, and it’s now being released on DVD.
Through her relationship with the owners of Movies at Midway, Silicato Prosser was able to bring “Children of the Sea” to the beach. The Aug. 14 showing will be the first time Lyndon and his family have seen the English version, which has no subtitles.
Prosser, who takes acting lessons with a New York instructor via Zoom, isn’t sure if he wants to study acting in college.
“I have so many interests,” he explained. “I’m into sports, art—there are so many things I can see myself doing.”
But for now, if jobs in theater, film or recording studios come along, he’s game.