Over Here, Mr. DeMille!
“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 –