A native Texan - born and raised in the Dallas Metroplex - Scarlett is the older sister to Patrick and Molly McAlister, and the daughter of Steve and Linda McAlister of Waxahachie, Texas. Her grandparents Jim and Audrey McAlister of Arlington, and Carlton Mann of Conroe, Texas, are some of Scarlett's biggest supporters and fans. At age 8, Scarlett followed the footsteps of her mother - a former jockey - and took her first riding lesson. By age 17, Scarlett had earned notoriety as a successful horse
trainer and riding instructor. In addition to her job as an
instructor/trainer, Scarlett volunteered for T.R.O.T., an organization that enables mentally and physically handicapped children to gain confidence and physical strength through closely supervised horseback riding. And all that while, she was competing in equestrian events throughout the Southern U.S., earning numerous trophies, ribbons and other awards.
Her family moved to Waxahachie, Texas when Scarlett was 17, and there she auditioned for a role with a local Murder Mystery/Dinner Theatre group. Despite having no prior acting experience, she landed that role (and many others afterward), and what began as a whim and a hobby soon became a career committment. After receiving encouragement and praise from well-known casting director, Jo Edna Boldin, Scarlett began auditioning for film and television roles. At the same time, her mother Linda, no stranger to the entertainment industry (her own Dad is a theater owner), decided that in order to help Scarlett land auditions, she should become licensed as an agent. Linda McAlister Talent was launched in 1994, and is today one of Texas' most respected agencies, representing professional, well-trained film and television actors. And although Linda treats Scarlett exactly as she does her other talent, she does admit that Scarlett is one of her most sought-after actors. Now, with more than 30 film and television roles, and over 100 commercials, industrials, print ads and voice-overs to her credit, Scarlett has gained considerable respect in the acting community. Like most committed actors, she continuously works on improving her craft, and she continues to study with several actor groups, as well as frequently participating in industry seminars and educational events.
Even though her acting career is on the rise, Scarlett remains a dedicated professional in the equestrian field. She works with a team of exceptional riders and horses as a trainer, instructor and coach, and she proudly attends many equestrian competitions and events with this talented group of riders. Scarlett resides in the North Texas area with her husband Chris Harris, an SMU graduate and Information Technology professional. Together they raise English Mastiffs and look forward to owning a larger home to accommodate the pot-bellied pigs, ferrets, horses, cats, birds and other animals that will surely follow.
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