Yeva Musharbash, a senior at Pasadena High School, learned English by watching television. The 16-year-old moved with her family from Jordan to the United States when she was 3 years old and spoke only Armenian and Jordanian-Arabic.
It’s hard to say if daily immersion into the small screen had anything to do with it, but Musharbash now writes songs, performs in music videos and is seeking a second agent. “I feel like since I do love this, pursuing this as a career would not only be unreal, but it wouldn’t be work,” she said on a break from performing improv sketches during a morning drama class. “I hope I can pursue this, and I hope I can make it good.”
Musharbash is tall with long, flowing dark hair. In an auditorium on campus, she is sociable with her classmates, but says she never used to be this outgoing. A few years ago, a talent scout saw her perform an improv sketch and encouraged her to apply for a chance to win a scholarship at an acting school. She was selected from a group of 30 students.