BIRTHDAY to DARWIN!
morning we got up, got ready, and fought our way through traffic for
nearly two hours up to Universal City...Ashlyn had an appointment to
meet with a casting agent at noon. Don't give me that look. I'm
not proactively trying to get Ashlyn into the biz. But if anyone is
interested in using her, Aric and I aren't closed to the idea. Last
week, while I was at Babies R Us, a lady camped out front had stopped
me and asked me to sign Ashlyn up for print and commercial work. Right
off the bat, I asked, "how much is this going to cost me?"
She said it was free since they're constantly looking for asian babies
for ads. I signed up and that was that. More than a few days later,
someone contacted me and wanted to meet with Ashlyn...so today we went.
The agency, Flashcast,
was very impressive. As we waited (with several other kids and parents)
in the waiting room, I checked out all the pictures on their Wall-of-Fame.
They represent hundreds of kids (and adults) who were successful in
landing commercials and print ads. We waited nearly an hour before we
got called in. The agent who met with us talked really fast....probably
exhausted from spewing the same lines repeatedly. Basically they offer
a service of keeping your child's current photos readily available for
any and all vendors interested. For this service, you pay $500 for enrollment
and $100 a month for their services. Yeah, FREE, my ass! After
his schpeal, he left us to dicuss it over in private. I looked at Aric
and Bett and shook my head. Of course I think Ashlyn would do well...she's
friendly, happy, easy to work with, and damn smiley all the time...but
it's not something that I'm driven to get her in. Especially at this
age. Perhaps when she's older and shows interest in this line of work...but
not now AND not at those prices. When the guy came back, he asked, "Is
it a NO or GO?"
met up with Brian and Grace at Vie de France Restaurant & Bakery
nearby for a quick bite. The weather was sunny and beautiful. We ate
outdoors on the patio. Lunch was a bit rushed since Bett needed to be
at the airport before 4pm and we didn't know how traffic was going to
be heading back. We made it to John Wayne Airport in time to send Bett
off. I can't believe how fast this weekend went by and I was so sad
(and still sad) to see her go. =(
Aric and I got home, he fixed the brakes on his car then started putting
his new desk together. I worked on uploading pictures and several pages
of over-due journal entries. I also talked to my parents (who just got
back today from a month long trip to China, Mongolia, and Siberia).
My mom had sent brief emails from her trip to let us know that they
were safe and having a great time. But I can finally breathe easy knowing
they're back safe and sound.
Pitures from today:
evening was quiet. Aric holed up in his office most of the night while
Ashlyn and I flipped between "The Jeff Corwin Experience",
"Cartoon Network", and "Drive Me Crazy" before settling
on "A Walk in the Clouds" and "The Practice". Ashlyn
is so funny...she discovered the joys of crawling in and out of the
space beneath her mega-saucer. A struggle she soon mastered.
Hoped everyone had a good weekend!...I know I did! =D
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