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May 15th – Long Overdue Update on Bex

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Sorry for the delay — we’ve been really busy figuring things out! Ready for an update on the new developments in Bex’s adventures in Hollywood?

We last saw our heroine managing life, auditions, friends, family and school in LA — and managing it all pretty well.

When the family arrived for Spring Break, it was clear that Bex was happier — and healthier — than she’s ever been in her life. She had found a place where she can be herself — something she’s always done really well — and actually be acknowledged and accepted for it! Even embraced and encouraged! What’s more, her allergies were under control and she was not constantly sick like she is in Atlanta. She was incredibly happy — except at the prospect of returning to Atlanta.

Now, I guess we could have been offended by that, but the truth is that we were ALL so happy to see Bex happy, it was easy to accept the next, inevitable decision. It was time to find a way for Bex to stay in LA.

AND, we did. What else could two life-coach-parents do?

So, here’s the news. Bex is going to be moving to LA this summer. She will complete her Senior year there, and live with Sierra, and Sierra’s mom and brother. She has been accepted to a really cool school called Bridges Academy (their logo even looks like a π!), where she will be a “credit” student. That way, she can complete the credits she needs for graduation, and still have enough time to go on auditions.

This summer, Bex will hopefully participate in the NY Film Academy summer Film Making camp, and maybe even take an adventure before that. But by August 12, her 18th birthday, she’ll be moving into an apartment in LA and living her dream!

It’s not exactly what we expected, but then again, nothing ever is. Bex is definitely leaving Atlanta sooner than expected, but it also really makes sense, and feels like the right decision at the right time. So, it’s not a traditional path. Look who we’re talking about!

<posted by Elaine>

April 5th – Last 24 hours of Spring Break–SO Hollywood

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Photoshoot with Entertainment Weekly!! Fabulous Spread — we actually felt like celebrities. Bex and 4 other kids were selected to represent the Oakwood Apartments in an article on life at the Oakwood about young people who go out to LA to try to get work. It was a LOT of fun — they even took pics of the whole family.

And while Bex was at her photo-shoot, Sierra found out that a PSA she had filmed is going national! It was a great day!

The family left the photo-shoot for a taping of “A.N.T. Farm,” while Bex stayed back to pack and get ready to return to Atlanta for a few months.

As for the Ant Farm taping: OMG  The kids loved it, and Elaine was seen texting –secretly, because it’s not allowed — “HELP, I’m Being Held Captive in a LOUD Studio Audience!”

Bex wasn’t with us, but her Agent was actually watching the taping from the set. He got to come and go as he pleased, no monitors for his cell-phone usage or bathroom breaks. Honestly, it felt a little like a EST weekend.

Thomas (the agent) came into the audience to see David and me. He thanked us for letting Bex come out for the season. “It was so close.” Great to get to see him before we left. I guess there are no coincidences.

<posted by Elaine>

Friday, the Action Picks up

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More school followed by a haircut at a very trendy salon in W. Hollywood.  It was recommended by one of Bex’s local friends as the place where Justin Bieber gets his hair cut. It was a fun experience but not to be repeated until Bex hits the big time.

From there to a nearby large and lovely shopping mall where we made the hunt for just the right makeup.  Struck it right at Macy ‘s with Origins cosmetics and a lovely young woman to teach the application process.  Afterward, Bex and Sierra, who had joined us for the afternoon, went off on their own for a few minutes in search of coffee.

Then the crazy Hollywood business struck. The girls came running back in a flurry — Sierra got an audition with an Agent, and they had to get there immediately. It’s now after 4pm on Friday afternoon (remember Hollywood traffic?). So off we went to find the office. After a relatively small wait, Sierra and her mother were thrilled that the agent signed her on.  That agency had been their first choice! Sierra is set, for now, with both an agent and a manager! Sometimes it takes months, even years, for people to find representation, so this is amazing news.

By now we had to move. We had reserved seats at Universal Studios Citywalk complex which is a garrish, noisy, open air amusement happening with restaurants, shops, and movies.  It is so kitsch that it’s fun! We went to see JOHN CARTER, a second time for Bex, in IMAX and 3D. It was so bad that it was funny. Hard Rock Cafe for late salads and home where the girls stayed up until they crashed, long after Grandma did.

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Monday, Goth Call-Back Day

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Changing of the guard finds David and Elaine back in Atlanta, and Sierra and her mom and brother taking up residence for a few days. This morning was about getting Bex all -gothed- up and ready to “tick tock.”

She returned to Disney for an 11 am audition, where she recognized some of the kids there, and made some new friends. Gotta love a kid who makes friends out of competitors at an audition!

<posted by Elaine>

Saturday, can you be more Goth?

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A family day. While Bex was in an appointment, and David was grocery shopping, I tried to get a lay of the land from our manager. Her responses were mixed. Pilot season is winding down. On the one hand, plenty of kids go back home. Bex can do that — “we’ll put her on tape, she’s good enough.” On the other hand, it’s definitely harder to get a job from a tape than it is in person. Clearly, she’d like for Bex to stay in LA, and said she’d check in with Alyson’s mother and get back to me (Alyson Stoner.) Not sure what she’s checking in with her about, but it’s always fun to hear them referred to in the same category  😉

The three of us headed to Griffith Park for an afternoon hike in the general neighborhood of the Hollywood sign (which we saw, but didn’t actually get to — long story, that ended with the three of us running off-road, nearly bush-wacking, once we realized that she had an audition in 3 hours and we were still up on a mountain somewhere with an unclear path to return to the car!).

Readying for a 7:00 p.m. Saturday night audition (very rare) at Disney Animation studios, Bex’s friend Sierra came over to help her get dressed for this role as a “believable goth.” We had some deliberation about how much costume she should put on — we encouraged her to stick with the eye-liner and the clothing, but avoid the heavy eye make-up. Back to the make-up counter. It’s definitely the strangest script she’s gotten — which is saying something — as it includes a goth 16 year old being lusted after by Abraham Lincoln. I don’t make this stuff up — it’s a Disney Feature Film!

Anyway, we get to Walt Disney Studios and follow the guard’s directions past the medical center to the Animation building, directed by people on the ground around a ‘happening scene’ and into a far entrance to the building. We find the audition waiting room, and Bex signs in.

“Gotham” City?

There are girls with spiky mohawks and white faces. It’s so stereotypical, I had to get a photograph. So I called Bex over and went into the waiting room, an over-bearing mother taking pictures — so that I could take a picture of the entire scene. It was hysterical.

While we waited for Bex we talked to another mom who had moved out there from Pennsylvania with her 16 year old daughter – and she told us her entire story.

Then we wandered the halls checking out the art in the hallways (original animation drawings from Pinocchio, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty and others). The artwork was absolutely fabulous and just casually hanging out in the hallway. I spent some time with Syd on the phone, working on her history research paper.

John Carter Screening

David went outside the building and made friends with the PR people setting up the event outside, a private screening of “John Carter” celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Edgar Rice Burroughs — Disney Studios, Main Theater.

Of course, David smooth-talked our way into an invitation, so when Bex finished her audition, the PR manager (her name was Elaine, and the woman working the table was Janet) — let us check our phones — no technology allowed inside — and we went into Disney’s main theater for a 3D screening of a movie that doesn’t open until this weekend!

We grabbed water and a bucket of popcorn, and the coolest 3D glasses I’ve ever seen — and walked down to the front. As Mario would say, “If you want to sit in the back, you have to get here early!”

3 TKs in front of 2 White “Apes”

The movie was exciting — unfortunately we missed the first 10 minutes or so — and it was a pleasure to enjoy it in such a reverent way. Incredibly respectful audience, carpeted floors, fabulous seats, and the LONGEST credits we’ve ever seen … ever. I’m not sure about this, but I think there may be a separate version of movie credits than what we usually see. It was cool — when the credits came, not a soul in the audience moved. It was silent, respectful, and everyone stayed seated until it was completely over.

Elaine gave us some fun swag to take home, and Bex was sure to get enough for her sibs and the neighborhood kids 😉  We left on a high, had a quick GF pizza at Z Pizza in Burbank, and headed home to … pack 😦

Final night in LA for David and me, for a while.

All in all, a great adventure.

<posted by Elaine> <photos posted by David>