Guest blogger Michelle Kemper Brownlow: My son and I ran out in our PJs late one night for a drive-thru trip to Dairy Queen. While we were gabbing and singing in the car, we heard an ad on the radio for a talent search that was coming to a hotel close to our home. The ad stated that the scouting agency was responsible for discovering a whole list of celebrities that we both knew. We decided to throw caution to the wind and go.
The next evening, my three coiffed kids and I filed into the Crowne Plaza, filled out paperwork and sat through an informational segment about the agency. We then waited in a very long line for a quickie personal interview with some of the scouts. If you were given a card at the end of your interview, you went to the back of the room, where you received an official callback and had your photo taken.
Both of my older children received callbacks. We were so excited! We were then asked to stay and sit through part two of the evening, wherein we were invited to a convention. Here my kids would receive training, give a monologue on stage, walk the runway and then have the opportunity to meet and interview with forty representatives from top agencies around the world.
It was a late night and a giddy car ride home. We came home with a plethora of information to look over. We had a decision to make, and a deadline to meet with the payment for the convention.
My husband and I have always supported our children's choices and passions. We have been blessed with two very levelheaded children who (usually) make very mature decisions. Because of this, we spoke openly about what "getting discovered" really meant. We also discussed the possibility of their returning home no closer to getting an agent than they were when they left.
School started, and things got ridiculously busy. I received an e-mail stating that we were coming into the last few days for registration for the talent-scout convention. My children come home from school on different buses, so I had some time alone with my oldest first. I told him about the e-mail and asked him what his thoughts were. He said, "Mom, as much as I would love to be a pop star or be on TV, I think I like being a 'normal' kid more. I just want to keep acting locally and have fun just being a kid."
When I got my daughter alone that day, I asked her the same thing. She said, "They told me I could go the runway-model route. That's just not me. The whole 'fame' thing just isn't me. I don't want to try to be something I am not. I just want to be me."
Can you say, "PROUD mom"?! Oh, and my kids' mature decisions saved me about two grand in expenses!