I really don’t see myself as a Momager and I really hope that others don’t but I just about need to quit my job to manage my boys careers!
Let’s start with Liam. He’s 12, has Apserger’s and ADHD and the voice of an angel. He has been having singing lessons since he was 9. He loves performing. He has been in 2 local musicals this year – he had a lead role as “Poor Baby” in Whistle Down the Wind and was “Bugsy Malone” in the local theatre’s 40 years production. He also auditioned for Sound of Music earlier this year. This was a professional production touring from the WestEnd in London. About 800 kids auditioned for the roles of the Von Trapp kids. Liam got through 2 days of auditions and down to the last 6 boys for the role of “Kurt” before he was cut. At that stage it was about height. Liam took it really well even congratulating one of the boys who got through.
Dylan as Bugsy Malone and me as Dolly
Lian was selected to sing solo at a recent concert
Whistle Down the Wind
After that he asked to be signed up with an agent and we found a fantastic one that deals with just kids. He auditioned for a TV commercial and got down to the last 2 boys but missed out. He recently auditioned for a lead in a movie and has been shortlisted so we will wait and see. He has also been competing with his singing and has had an incredible year. He has won numerous trophies including Most Entertaining Male Performer at the Hamilton Comps and Most Promising Performer under 15 years at the Te Awamutu Competitions. We are so proud of him! He has really found his niche! Below a link to his performance of “Giants in the Sky”.
Dylan is my 11 year old who has been battling Perthes disease for nearly two years. He was recently “discovered” by Liam’s agent. Dylan has never had much interest in acting or drama (maybe a stunt man though!) We had to video tape an audition for Liam for an overseas movie (I taped it on my I-Phone and edited it with I-Movie). There were 2 kids parts so Dylan stepped in as the other kid and we sent the video off to the agent. She really liked Liam’s work but asked if we could put Dylan forward for the other role. So we had to film a second audition tape, this time with quite a bit of action. Dylan loved this as he has an interest in Parkour and used to be a gymnast. He has an amazing, muscular body and pulled of the physical stuff with ease but he also surprised us with his intensity and presence in front of the camera. I have to say that from the first take of the first scene I shot of the second tape I knew he had something special. I used mostly first takes for the whole audition tape because he just totally nailed each scene straightaway. The agent said it was rare to see such intensity and stillness in one so young. The director and casting director loved it. Dylan was shortlisted (Liam wasn’t but he handled it really well) so we had to do another 2 videos.
Long story short he got the part and we recently returned from filming Mechanic Resurrection in Thailand! This move stars Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Yeoh. Unfortunately we didn’t meet any of the stars as Dylan’s scenes were filmed before they all arrived in Thailand. We can’t talk a lot about Dylan’s role and what things he got to do but is was an amazing experience! Dylan was a true professional and took direction very well. He received a lot of praise from the director for his screen presence and natural ability. Since returning to NZ there has been a lot of media interest. Dylan has been on National Radio, TVNZ’s Breakfast show and in countless newspapers. He will be appearing in a NZ woman’s magazine in a few weeks. He has coped really well with all the attention. To say the whole experience has been like living in a dream is an understatement!
In Bangkok Thailand
Boogie boarding at Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Dylan auditioned for another role before we left for Thailand (in a New Zealand mini series) – he got that part too! So he has only had two auditions but has gotten both parts which is amazing. Filming starts in January. Needless to say he is now very keen to pursue a career as an actor and stunt man!
That brings me to my youngest, Quinn who has just turned 4. I sent off a photo of him to Pumpkin Patch a few months ago as they were asking for new child models. Pumpkin Patch is New Zealand quality kids clothing brand. Anyway, long story short, they asked him to model for them. So along we went to the shoot – it was at a beach and it was raining on and off and really windy. There were 7 boys around Quinn’s age in total but they were not cooperating so they got sent home and Quinn finished the shoot. He loved it! Totally lapped up all the attention. He has since done another 2 shoots for them and is now one of their regulars. It doesn’t actually pay but he gets Pumpkin Patch Vouchers. As he is my 3rd son, most of his clothes have been hand-me-downs. Now he has a very stylish wardrobe all of his very own!
It has been a crazy year with extreme highs and lows in our family! If you’d told me all this a year ago I’d have thought you were crazy!
So we have a singer, actor and model in our family! All successful in their own right. My hubby and I are super proud of each of our boys. They are truly amazing. We won’t pressure them to do anything that they don’t want to do.
Its really up to them – the world is their oyster!