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MAX SCHNEIDER Words: Erin Shea Photos: Gavin Thomas

YOU MAY RECOGNIZE MAX SCHNEIDER FROM DOLCE & GABBANA’S FALL/WINTER 2010 CAMPAIGN WITH MADONNA, OR ON NICKELODEON’S “HOW TO ROCK” AND “RAGS,” OR AS A GUEST STAR ON “LAW & ORDER” AND “ONE LIFE TO LIVE.” BESIDES BEING A FAMOUS FACE ON THE SILVER SCREEN, THE NEW YORK-NATIVE IS ALSO A SINGER, SONGWRITER AND MUSICIAN.

He has co-written songs that have appeared on Disney and Nickelodeon shows and has opened for “Zoey 101” actress and singer Victoria Justice on her U.S. tour. Recently, he was a featured artist on “On Air with Ryan Seacrest.” Now, with his army of Schneidermonkeys – not a wild animal, just the name of his fans – he is embarking on a headlining tour of his own and plans to release an album this year. We talked to the 21-year-old about his career, relationship with Madonna and his African coming-of-age ceremony.

What have you been up to recently? I’ve been working a lot on my upcoming record “Nothing Without Love.” I’ve been writing songs, editing, recording, mixing and mastering. All part of the process creating music that I love. I’m also working on a few acting projects, an upcoming movie about Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys titled “Love & Mercy,” where I play Van Dyke Parks, and a new TV series on NBC called “Crisis.”

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