As some of you know, I?ve done tv work off and on my whole life. My dad makes commercials for one of the networks, so it?s easier (and cheaper!) to use me if it works out. Well, he brought up one of his clients wanting to use little kids in some promotional videos. He thought of us since in the world of tv, finding sane parents to work with is almost as important as finding kids.
The project sounds super simple, but I took a deep breath and brought up my immediate concern: do they know DS2 has a spot on his face? Bless my dad?s heart as he tried to walk the razor thin line between professional television maker and father to a nutball, over-protective daughter. I told my dad that the client is more than welcome to tell me no beforehand, but I can?t have the awkward ?hmmm, what?s that on his cheek?? conversation the day of the shoot. I can?t have someone ask if DS1 bit his face like I?ve been asked before by people at Wal-Mart. He said he?d tell them and send pictures.
Well, I find out today that they said the spot was fine and they want to go ahead with the videos. I totally trust that my dad will shoot around his spot, but I?m freaking out. I obviously don?t notice the spot because I see it every day and it?s shrunk so much, but I know other people notice it. I get a knot in my stomach and go into hyper-protective mode whenever anyone brings it up. (Which was pretty often the first few days of new daycare. A few kids came up and pointed at it and the director asked if it was an ouchie.)
So should I try to put make up on it? Would it be the only thing you think about if you saw it on tv? My dad isn?t objective about it either since it?s his grandson, but does it look like a bite? The client is a local medical group, so it?s not like it?s a Hollywood movie or anything. They definitely want ?normal? kids.
And you can be honest too. I'm much more open to talking about it when I'm not caught off gaurd.
On the plus side, this means we get to take DS1 for his first real haircut. We tried to do it ourselves this weekend and totally jacked it up, but we didn?t really care enough to spend the time/money/effort to fix it. Poor kid.