Meet Philly's up and comers

November 4, 2010 8:54:16 PM PDT
They may just be the next big thing and they call Philadelphia home.

Jenna Leigh Blatstein

At just 24 years old, Jenna Leigh Blatstein, daughter of local real estate mogul Bart Blatstein, is getting the attention of everyone from Beyonce to Sarah Palin.

The idea behind Jenna's clothing line is that unmentionables shouldn't be unfashionable.

After spending some time abroad, Jenna was inspired to start her own line. Jenna's chic, sexy styles have graced the cover of Allure and have been picked up by major retailers like Barney's and Anthropology.

"I'm dying to bring this to Philly; it would be cool if I could have one at the Piazza, a lingerie store, a little space if my dad would give it to me," Jenna said laughing.

Haochen Zhang

Haochen Zhang gave his debut recital at the Shanghai Music Hall at the ripe old age of 5. In 2006, the now 20-year-old pianist made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Although originally from China, he started calling Philadelphia home after he was accepted to the Curtis Institute five years ago.

"I really like the environment here because your mind was not limited," Zhang said.

Matt Szczur

Meet Matt Szczur. If you're a fielder or a pitcher, you may want to meet him from a distance.

The 21-year-old Cape May native plays both baseball and football for Villanova.

"I remember I was in 3rd or 4th grade and my dad had me running stadium steps doing bleachers," Szczur said.

The hard work has paid off. The Chicago Cubs have already signed him to a five year contract, but Szczur's has not let the allure of a major league contract distract him from his first focus.

"You want to get your education first; one of the biggest reasons I came to Villanova is because of the education," Szczur said.

Meredith Scardino

Stephen Colbert may be one of the funniest guys on TV, but as the sole female writer for the show, Meredith Scardino is the funny woman behind the scenes.

During her almost 3 years at The Colbert Report, she's already nabbed two Emmys.

During a visit to the Colbert set, the Radnor grad pointed out some funny props that add to the show's sarcastic twist on current events and Colbert's corky on stage character.

Meredith, who started out writing and illustrating cartoons for ESPN magazine, has this advice for aspiring TV writers and performers: "My advice is just do, people don't know what to do with you until they've seen what you've made."


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