Concord girl takes a shot at stardom on west coast

Former Concord resident Tyra Watts has moved to the Los Angeles area with her mom, Patricia, to continue her acting career.

Tyra moved to the West Coast to begin introducing herself to casting directors and working in West Coast film projects.

Before they moved, Tyra was offered an opportunity with the commercial division of Abrams Artists Agency. Then in November, she signed with Avalon Artists Group's theatrical division.

She said she took to the Los Angeles area immediately and even ended up volunteering as a decorator of a float that won a top award in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on Jan. 2.

Tyra worked six hours on the float, "If Pigs Could Fly," which won the Bob Hope Humor Award as the most amusing entry.

Tyra emptied and sorted flower vials, ran boxes of pre-glued flowers to various sections of the float. pushed rose buds into the base of the float and worked on scaffolding to apply glue and chrysanthemums.

"I was astonished when I first saw the float and stood near it," Tyra said. "My mom told me about how awesome the floats for the parade were, but I never dreamed how beautiful they really were."