This is Our Story

We're the Sprayberrys and we moved to Los Angeles about four years ago to have our go at Hollywood. When we met the folks at Children In Film, they thought it would be a great idea if we documented our story. After all, our failures and successes (hopefully more the latter than the former) can be your lesson book.

So here you have it - Dylan and Ellery working through the ups and downs of being child actors - their mother and I working hard every day to ensure their success not only as actors, but also as well-adjusted members of society.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Soup Scoop - a Campbell's Commercial

The Lesson: Be prepared for anything.

We are excited to report that Ellery’s Campbell’s Tomato Soup Commercial is airing at this time. Now for the scoop on the soup:

I mean, wow, a national Campbell’s commercial!

The Auditioning Process: we recently learned that when it comes to auditioning, there’s really no such thing as “the conventional process”

Fade back ~ It’s June, a Friday, and we receive a late-night commercial call for an early-the-next-morning, Santa Monica audition. At this point, we had only been on a total of two Saturday auditions within the last year. We get there and it's rush, hurry, don’t worry with filling out all the call sheet details. Don’t get me wrong; everyone at casting was very nice, just not the usual suspects. I’m standing there when Ellery and a little friend walk out of the audition laughing. They had just stepped past over the threshold ( emerging from the doors into which no parent ever goes) when the casting team asked for the two girls to come back in: “hey, bring those two back in please.” The door shuts. Five minutes later and we are on our way.

At the time it seemed like such a unique audition experience, and I did not expect to hear anything further from it.

Fast forward ~ it’s the next day - Sunday afternoon - and we are buying a cell phone when I get the call from casting. I take the call. “Hi, is this Ellery’s dad? This is casting for Campbell’s and we need to get Ellery’s sizes. She has booked the Tomato Soup commercial”.

I freeze, smile, show the family two thumbs up and thank casting a few times before getting off the phone. We laugh with excitement; I jump and give Ellery a high-five followed by a quick family celebration hug. We are ROCKING ON!!!

The funny thing was, before this audition I had never placed my cell number on a size sheet. I had never received a direct call from casting for a booking,... and never on a Sunday.

This is Campbell’s Soup; I would have expected a call on Monday from our management team. The moral is, anything is possible, so be prepared for anything at any given time. Always show a positive attitude and give your best performance. Oh, and celebration hugs are always Mmm, Mmm Good!

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