by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Alex Williams Photography

Inspiration and Appreciation

student_carlson2Westwood Elementary School student Kai Carlson is an accomplished actor and model who also has a love of sports, music, and spending time with his family. Kai began modeling when he was just a baby. At seven months old, he modeled for Disguise, CA Costumes and In Character Costumes. “I’ve also had acting and modeling jobs for companies like Qualcomm, Party City, HULU, Bank of America, and many others. I acted in the movie The Magician’s Son, and I’m featured in a movie that is shown on the big screen during the U2 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE World Concert 2018 tour,” explained Kai. In addition to the exciting fact that the movie is shown during “One,” one of the most famous U2 songs, filming this movie was an incredible experience for Kai. His family was with him on set, and on many occasions, he even played basketball with the director of the film.

“My family inspires me with love and kindness to follow my dreams.”

Basketball is another passion of Kai’s, as is playing the guitar. Kai’s basketball team, Swoosh, had an undefeated season and won the championship. “I’ve played a lot of different sports since I was five years old, but my main sport now is basketball,” stated Kai. His love of guitar started about two years ago when he asked his mom to buy him a guitar at a yard sale. Kai has been playing and taking lessons ever since and recently played at a children’s charity benefit at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.


Name: Kai Carlson (10)
School: Westwood Elementary
Grade: 4
Parents: Juliette Mariano-Carlson and Erik Carlson
Siblings: Jonathan (27) and Jeremy (25)
Favorite Place in 92127: My home and also playing basketball with my friends at Rancho Bernardo Community Park

student_carlson3Kai considers himself extremely lucky to attend Westwood Elementary School where he is surrounded by friends and teachers he admires. “I love being challenged by my teachers and learning new things,” said Kai. He especially enjoys math, social studies, P.E., and exploring new places while on field trips.

Although Kai is incredibly busy with his acting and modeling career, as well as playing basketball and the guitar, he still finds the time to spend quality time with his family. “My family inspires me with love and kindness to follow my dreams. I look up to my older brothers and my grandparents, and my parents inspire me to try new things. I really appreciate that my mom is so willing to take me to all my auditions and jobs,” related Kai.