Guest Post: Lexie~ The Art of Becoming a Hollywood Mom
Today’s guest post is a fun one! I met Lexi, from La Primera Blog, online several years ago, then I met her in real life, when she was pregnant with the twins. So, it was pretty neat to see her announce that her little nenas were going to be a part of one of the best TV shows on the planet, Grey’s Anatomy!
Please welcome, Lexi!
I was off work, mastering the art of tandem breastfeeding two tiny humans. A couple of friends shot me some tweets that pointed me to a casting call for Hispanic twin infant girls. Well, look here, I’ve got them!
A few emails and phone calls later, and my twins had an agent. The agent told me that she worked with various shows including one of my favorites, Grey’s Anatomy. It just so happened it was a Thursday and I said to my husband, “wouldn’t it be crazy if they played Callie’s baby?”
Within a few weeks, we found ourselves on the lot heading toward an office where we met with directors for the show. And they picked our babies!
Since then, they’ve been taking turns playing Baby Sofia over the past three seasons. It’s still crazy to me each time we are there and on the inside I’m a screaming fangirl. This is Seattle Grace! (now known as Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital)
As a working mom with two other girls, juggling the Hollywood mom life isn’t something I do very well. Going out to auditions takes time from work and you don’t always get much notice. This past year, we took a little break from auditioning for other things and are just starting to get back into it.
Typically, we find out about an audition a day before. Arrange for both of my husband and I to be able to take the twins and arrange for pickup of my older girls from school. Plan the route according to time of day and traffic in LA. Packing the magic bag full of diaper needs, extra clothes, hair accessories, toys, snacks and the all important Folder. The Folder contains all the necessary paperwork they need to work along with their photosheets. Time naps and meals so that when we arrive to the audition, the twins are happy and alert. We always leave with extra time allotted for traffic and parking. You just never know what can happen.
Recently, we took them for a commercial audition. We parked a few blocks away, and carried them to the building. There’s hardly ever room for a double stroller at these things. We get there, and there’s a narrow staircase or a small elevator going up to the audition room. I figured I was better off going up the elevator than trying to carry a 30 pound toddler up those metal stairs. Well, there’s where I was wrong. Perfect timing for an elevator phobia to present itself in one of my girls, don’t you think? By the time we got to the second floor, she was screaming her head off. Perfect for auditioning. She did calm down but neither of the girls were in the best state of energy by this point.
And that’s what it’s like being a Hollywood mom. If it’s meant to be, everything aligns just perfectly between your preparation and the forces that be. Until then, you just try to be as prepared as possible and hope for the best.
I don’t know how much longer we will do this. And even if they never work another day in the business, we’re ok with that. We’ve had an awesome ride so far. We can always look back and see them on screen on one of my favorite shows ever!
And in case you’re wondering, yes, McSteamy and McDreamy are just as caliente in person.
Oh to be in your shoes when you met McSteamy, (RIP), and McDreamy… sigh!!!!
Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!