“We’re going to be famous!” Those were the enthusiastic words of my two boys upon finding out that the story of our annual Bahamas Boy Trip Adventures was going to be featured in national television commercials. The journey from being casual guests to Atlantis Resort superstars was quite an exciting ride and hope you enjoy reading all about it.
Each year, I spend a week of fun in the sun with my two little buddies at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. I recently chronicled the details of our annual tradition in a related blog post titled, Bahamas Boy Trip Adventures. As a frequent guest at Atlantis, I receive plenty of e-mail promotions from the resort. One day, an e-mail popped into my inbox which read, “Atlantis is celebrating our 20th Anniversary and we would like you to be a part of it! Share your story with us and you could be invited back to paradise and featured in an Atlantis TV commercial.” Memories our boy trips flashed through my mind as I thought to myself, our story would make for a great commercial! I gathered up some photos from our trips and did nice write-up of why Atlantis holds such a special place in our hearts. I wishfully pressed the send button and we were officially in the running.
The next day at my office, I was going about my regular business when my cell phone rang with an unrecognized number and the words “Los Angeles, CA” showing on my phone screen. I thought to myself, that’s the entertainment capital of the world, but could they possibly be calling me already about my submission? I optimistically answered the phone and I was greeted with an enthusiastic voice from a talent agency representative. We had a nice chat and she expressed how much they loved our story! We talked about our experiences at Atlantis and ended the call a few minutes later with the promise they would follow up in the weeks ahead. About two weeks later, I got another call from the agency and we discussed even more details of our adventures, this time in much greater depth. She confidently told me that our story was definitely in the running and they’d be in touch as they continued narrowing down the field of submissions from the casting call. Two days later, an e-mail arrived stating that we’d made the initial round of cuts and to stay tuned… a few days later, another e-mail arrived stating, “Congratulations, You’re a Finalist!” Wow… was this really happening? I didn’t want to get too excited, but it was beginning to feel like our story had a real shot at being selected. Another phone call followed to set up a screen test interview with the producers via Skype. The boys and I put on nice outfits and we were ready for our big interview. Sometimes it’s hard for kids to talk to strangers, so I coached them to be very outgoing with their responses and interactions with the interviewer. The producer (who’s since become an amazing friend!) popped onto the screen and our screen test interview couldn’t have gone any smoother. She was so nice and conversational with the boys that their responses to her questions flowed very naturally – they completely nailed it! After the interview, we waited, and waited, and waited… while the boys constantly asked me each day if I’d heard any news. I was secretly as impatient as they were, eagerly awaiting news about the final selection.