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Over Here, Mr. DeMille!

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   9 Comments | Posted in 48-Hour Film Project · acting · daughter · head shot
My youngest daughter is an aspiring actress.  When she first proclaimed this as her passion, I put on the brakes.

“This is a phase,” I assured my husband. “She’ll get over it.”

A year later when she continued to persist, I said, “Okay. Maybe we should have some professional photos taken.”

Thanks to the personal recommendation of the photographer, we snagged a face-to-face meeting with one of Atlanta’s top agents.  I told hubby, “I visited his website, and I’ve warned Christina not to have high expectations.  He doesn’t represent newbies.  This is just a courtesy meeting.”

At the end of said meeting she had contracts in hand.  The photo above is her most recent head shot.

Since jumping into this she has worked a fashion show, performed in a stage show, done a number of taped auditions for TV and film, and just last week participated in the 48-Hour Film Project (details of which will be in blog post part deux, later in the week).  Her agent, to whom we pay nothing (as with literary agents, he banks nary a penny until she lands a paying job), says simply, “Persistence and talent.  She has both. It will happen.”

She is only 16, so if she eventually moves on to another passion I won’t criticize.  It took me thirty years to start writing again—and God help me, now that I’ve started I can’t stop—so I’m not one to talk about taking detours.  She is tenacious, though, and showing no signs of wavering. She is meeting some terrific people and acquiring first hand experience about competition and working hard for something desired; she is gaining confidence and learning that persistence and talent, in that order, are key factors in turning dreams into goals, and goals into successful accomplishments.

Coincidentally, the same is true of writing for publication.  How would my life be different, I wonder, if I had learned that lesson at 16?

Check back for part deux—the 48-Hour Film Project!

Til next time –


9 Responses to "Over Here, Mr. DeMille!"

  1. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    June 28, 2010 at 11:19 pm  

    Your daughter is a natural beauty. I know you are proud of her. To have such confidence at 16!

  2. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    June 29, 2010 at 1:14 am  

    Lisa, she is beautiful! This is so exciting. I can't wait to learn more about this and to check out the 48 Hour Film Project. Best of luck to your girl!

  3. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 29, 2010 at 5:50 am  

    Hi Linda – Thanks. She's a cutie, for sure; the confidence comes by slow degrees. The acting she is sure of. Herself? Well, that is harder won. She can be pretty rough on herself, as most 16-year-old girls are. Our society asks a lot of these kids, ya know? Hey Kathy – Thanks to you, too! We had never heard of the 48-Hour FP until her agent suggested it as a way to earn a film credit. Turned out to be a really cool experience. Crazy, but fun.

  4. Comment by BECKY
    June 30, 2010 at 12:02 am  

    Oh, Lisa! How exciting! I'm so happy for Christina. And yes, she is gorgeous! And obviously talented. I wish the very best for her! I'm excited to be her mama's blog friend, too! Yay!!

  5. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 30, 2010 at 8:34 pm  

    Hey Becky – Right now she's having a ball with the whole thing. Who knows if she'll stick with it long term? She has learned a great deal about hard work and team work, too. Not to mention patience and preparation! This has been a good experience for her.

  6. Comment by anita
    July 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm  

    Lisa, your daughter is gorgeous! How wonderful that she knows what she wants to do so young and is so persistent. Good for her and for you and your husband.

  7. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm  

    Hi Anita – For right now, we're just happy that she is involved in something she loves doing. Of course, we're encouraging college after HS and THEN pursue her muse full force. Either way, we'll support/encourage her dream. If she keeps persisting, well, you just never know! Her acting parallels my writing in a weird sort of way, so I understand where she's coming from. 🙂

  8. Comment by Lynn
    July 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm  

    Hi Lisa,Starting to get back in the swing of things, but still doing less than normal–hoping to get back to my blog in the next week or two.Congratulations in raising such a strong young lady! She's beautiful and no doubt will succeed. I have a friend who did the 48 hour film festival.

  9. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 2, 2010 at 5:55 am  

    Lynn! Welcome back. You've been missed. And thanks for you nice comments. :)Hi Donna – Thanks. It will be interesting over the next few years to see where she grows!

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