What an incredible experience the Premiere Event in Orlando was – from beginning to end!
I guess coming into these things you really don’t know what to expect, but just pulling up at the Dolphin Hotel and walking into the lobby made you realise instantly that this was going to be big – a grand hotel would surely mean a grand event!
It was lovely seeing familiar faces as soon as we walked into registration – the girls’ coach Dru was there to meet them personally. Michael David, CEO, even took the time to come over to us to say hi and welcome us. It was almost like a family reunion!
The nerves seemed to disappear for the girls, to be replaced with extreme excitement and anticipation for the week ahead.
It really hit me, as a mom, when I was sitting in the hall for the opening ceremony, that this truly was an opportunity of a lifetime. 75,000 kids were auditioned, and 500 were chosen for this event – and here we were. How fortunate and how blessed.
The event went from one high to the next from then – from the girls getting to meet and practise their performances in front of celebrities, to ongoing AMAZING support from coaches in the lead up to the actual auditions.
Everything ran like clockwork for the auditions; everyone knew where they were supposed to be and when, and the kids were all so calm. Each time my girls completed an audition, they came out with beaming smiles on their faces, confident that they had given their best.
I remember thinking several times, that there was obviously a lot of talent (you get to watch all the auditions if you choose to) and that even if my kids didn’t get call backs, where else would they have had the chance to even get a foot in the door in front of ONE agent, let alone 40!
Of course, we were more than delighted that they did receive numerous call backs, and the positive feedback only fuelled their passion for this industry even more. Amanda, my 16-year-old was called up on stage, along with a few others at the awards ceremony as an ‘honourable mention’ (ie she received a high number of call backs) and my heart burst with pride hearing her name called in that huge auditorium and seeing her up on stage representing the Australians!
She landed a small part in a new movie the same week we returned home, which is very exciting for her, and both girls are working hard on honing their skills for representation by the numerous agents who have offered to work with them.
My advice? Best money you will ever spend to give your child the most amazing opportunity to be who they are, to show who they are, and to shine in their own special way.