So I have some exciting news. I have been sitting on it awhile because I just didn’t want to jinx anything.
It all started when Sweet Rides opened in Mahone Bay. It’s a store that sells candy and bikes. Sort of a genius. And it’s Evan’s favourite store. He came home one day and says, “Mamma, I decided I’m gonna pimp my ride,” which I thought was hilarious and didn’t even care one little bit that my 10 year old used the word pimp in the right context. He ordered a bike seat and handle bars, even a chain. He says it’s an investment. I don’t have the heart to tell him that aside from having fun riding it, he won’t likely see one.
Anyway, he was all about making money so he could pimp his bike out, doing chores and using savings from his birthday party. Then one day he came home with a business card from the director of the TV series Haven, looking for a skater boy. ”Mamma, I think I’m gonna do this. I’ll make way more money than just doing chores.” I said, “Really? I think they’ll be a lot of kids looking to do that, so if you want it, you’ve gotta make it happen” Then he got on the computer and e-mailed the guy, even sent a picture and his resume, which consisted of I’m 10, I’m cool, I like to play hockey, skateboard, I can rock a yoyo, and you would not be disappointed in me!!!!!!! Yes, he followed it with that many exclamation marks. Oh, to bottle and sell that confidence.
Then, he waited. He checked his e-mail account everyday. Even listened to the answering machine.
Then, one morning at 7am, we get a call, “We need Evan down here for 7:45.” Evan was asleep, but it didn’t take him long to get up. ”You wanna be in Haven kid? It’s not all glamorous”.
We got down to the set where he had a trailer. Many people came up to him and said, Evan, we loved your resume, glad we got you in the show. His tenacity paid off. I won’t be a spoiler, but he said just 2 words and got paid enough to, not only pimp his ride, but to buy a new one, thou it doesn’t matter because he hasn’t cashed it yet. He just likes to hold it.
Anyway, I’ll let you know when that airs.
And while that’s pretty spectacular, that’s not the really cool news. Since then, Evan was invited to audition for another role. So, off we go, not knowing what to expect, or having any expectations. They loved him, but he was too young for the role. They thought they had one perfect for him. So, off we go to yet another audition, and low and behold he got the role! I thought, cool, maybe he’ll get to pay me back for all the gas I’m using driving him in for these auditions!
We showed up on set, and this was a little more than what we expected. Correction, a lot more! There were contracts to sign,craft services, a shuttle from base-camp to set, he even had a fake family. It was CRAZY, and I was a bit nervous, but Evan was unfazed. He just rolled with it.
I was in the back room with the directors looking at the screen. I was DYING to take pictures to post, but I was scared that I’d be thrown out. Evan, thou I am a little biased, was hilarious, and so were the others! I can’t wait until it airs, and you KNOW I’ll be giving you all a-heads up. You have to see it!! Teaser alert-three words- LAST COMIC STANDING.
After 6 long hours and doing the scene at least 60 times, he was done, and he was hooked. It could have been the steady stream of food that he ate, including roasted rack of lamb and black-eyed pea salad for lunch, snacks of jelly beans and chocolate bars, it could have been that Evan’s character was a bit of a brat, maybe that he was playing in an adults world, but if I were a betting woman, I’d say he loved it because at the end, the director called out, That’s a wrap, and everyone cheered, and clapped, and gave high fives and pats on the back, and gave him lots of praise.
Thou, I suspect when he gets paid, and he’s made more money in a day that I make in a paycheck, that won’t suck either.
We got home and I hugged my Colin, feeling like he’s been neglected in all of Evan’s excitement. I said, “Colin, are feeling left out of all this?” He quickly said, “NO, I don’t kia!” (which is Colin speak for I don’t care). And then Evan, as only Evan would, pats him on the shoulder and says, “It’s okay, Colin, you’re going to get your own cooking show anyway.”