Sunday, July 6, 2008

AMTC Days 4 and 5 (Yes, we have been BUSY)

So much for my attempt to "blog daily"...oh well, yesterday just ruined those plans....We started out at 7:45...and didn't finish up last night until almost 2 am...It has just been crazy...but so much fun....We attended lots of seminars yesterday concerning our "Interview Day" today, "What to do After Convention", ect...plus Macey's runway competition....She did a phenomenal job and we were just so proud of her...Words can't explain....I sit here, and look at this screen, and try to put into words how unbelievable this experience has been, and I just can't seem to do it.....I just want us to remember this and all the things that we have taken away from it....It is valuable knowledge for all us....Self esteem, self confidence, positive attitudes...the good attributes that they keep on talking about are things we all need to push towards being in our daily lives....at least I want to....Last night was the big "Singing and Dance Talent Show", and it was such fun...The talent that was portrayed on the stage last night blew us away....We enjoyed it so much, even the boys...Ian was especially impressed with the Hip Hop dancers....and Cade too....



After the show, Stephanie, our director, told us she would meet us around 9pm to "wait on callbacks"....(After all the competitions are over, the agents/managers/casting directors give lists to the AMTC staff, and they print letters with a copy of each contestants callback on it...) I took the kids on back to the room to get in bed, and James waited with our group, Direct Knoxville, for our callbacks.....One of the teens, Josh, has been doing a Bible Study each night, and James attended this.....well, 10 pm, 11pm, 12 midnight....James came back to the room, and said it would be around 1 before Steph had the callbacks in hand, so he came to the room for an hour....(we could have waited until 8am to get them...but we were too excited...and wanted to know....) So, finally around 1:40 he came back to the room with a letter folded up in his hand..with Macey's name on it....Steph had requested no one in our group talk about callbacks to each other, and that no one read them until they got back into their room....To prevent anyone from getting hurt feelings, ect....Well, we opened the letter to see that Macey had received 3 callbacks....two agents from New York, and one from Los Angeles.....We were ecstatic...We were going into this with the attitude that she wouldn't get any...so to get 3 was awesome....Sleep was hard to come by...and finally around 2:30 we fell asleep.....

We got up early Sunday morning...6:30 to be exact...to attend a Sunday Worship Service....The spirit in the room was full of nothing but worship and praise....God is so much a part of this convention...We consider ourselves so blessed to be able to attend....Praise music on a Sunday morning is exactly what we needed to get our hearts and minds in the right place for our "Callback day"....After our service, it was time for SpeedNetworking....This is where ALL the agents (over 70) were present in the Exhibition Hall of the Resort, and each contestant could stand in line to meet/greet/interview with them for one minute....It is a fast way of networking, and getting your Comp card/headshot in the hands of some well known film/modeling agencies....Only one parent was allowed in the room, due to crowd control...so James chose me to go....I was a little apprehensive at first, because I am not a good "crowd person" but after standing in line for our first agent...and getting such a positive response....I was fine...Macey did all of the interviews herself...She introduced herself, and then she introduced me...I was so proud of her speaking capability, and her maturity for her age...I could just cry as I type this, thinking about how well she did today....We were instructed to ONLY meet with agents that we didn't recieve callbacks for, so that is how we did it...We met with a couple of local agents, one in Nashville, and one from Charlotte....They both really seemed to like Macey, very positive, and told us they would be getting in contact with us in a few weeks...We ended up meeting and interviewing with 8 agents during speednetworking(which lasted for 2 1/2 hours...yes, that was a lot of standing in line....we were tired...) We came to the room, ate lunch, and then we had to be back at 12:15 for Macey's callbacks....We met with 2 agents from New York, who both loved Macey...They wanted to know if we would be willing to come and stay for the summer(that is how they do it in the industry...you go stay for a few weeks/month and audition, audition, audition, while you are there...and try to get as many jobs as possible during your stay) The agent that Macey fell in love with is from Los Angeles....She was so positive...She told us" Macey could come to L.A. next week, with photos like these(holding her comp card/head shot) and I could guarantee her work next week....She is ready right now, for the industry in L.A., She has the look, and LOVE HER! Would you guys be willing to come and stay for 4-6 months, and I will show you what I am talking about.....ect. ect. " WOW!! We didn't know what to say...The biggest thing is we have prayed a lot about this, and obviously, much more prayer is going to be said over the next few weeks/months....We ran into Stephanie...and she gave Mace a high five, and told her...."I told you that you had what it takes girl!!! I knew it..." I have said it before, Our God is Good....One thing that was said in the devotional this morning....was it doesn't matter how many callbacks you get here...at AMTC, but what matters is the most important callback...with God...I loved that....because that is so true...If you don't know Jesus as your Saviour...The most important callback ever....nothing else will matter in life....

On to the Banquet...Tonight was the Awards Banquet...which was a formal affair..yes, I took lots of pics....We had a formal sit down dinner, with entertainment...and then they awarded the "Best of ..." Awards....Macey didn't receive any award at the ceremony, but we have gained so much....a trophy was not needed....Our God is So Good....Macey with Carey and Bob Lewis....who are over AMTC.....Me with the boys....Daddy with his boys....Cade loving his shirt and tie...He wanted to go to the dance too...

Macey and James are still out "partying'....They had a dance party for the contestants after the Banquet, and James took Macey, "as his date"...Which I think is so sweet...I was wiped out from standing on my feet all day with the Interviewing, so the rest is good for me...I have everything packed...and we are out of here tomorrow....but NOT to come home...NOT YET...Remember earlier this week, I mentioned ...a surprise...for the kids....?????

Kissing her date for the dance....

Doing some serious dancing....I didn't know she had it in her......=) There is Harrison with her again...He just doesn't realize he is too old for her...Hee hee....I have seen that smile all week this week....and I love it...that is Macey, truly happy!

Well, Macey Allen....Now that you have finished AMTC....What are you going to do now??????

WE ARE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!!!!!

James and I are taking the kids to the Magic Kingdom tomorrow...only for one day...but one day with Mickey is better than none...Right? Cade is so excited...because he doesn't remember going before...He was only one....Well, I probably won't blog again until we get home...so, Pray for our safe traveling...and we will be home Tuesday....night....Much love...God Bless.....

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey guys I have been so excited about hearing from you guys and I have been checking the blog all evening to see how things were going and it sounds great!!!!! I am so happy for you guys and hope you love your day at Disney!!!! Have a great day and we love you guys!!! KIM

Robin said...

Congratulations! It sounds like you and Macey had a positive first time with the industry. I know now you will have to spend lots of time in prayer and thought on what to do. But, how exciting to think that you can do something like this for your child's dreams!

Anonymous said...

OH, i can't say how happy i am for Macey! I a had tears coming down my face as i read this. (even though i already knew) i am just ecstatic for her! GOD IS GOOD! You guys have a gr8 time at magic kingdom!! miss you lots and can't wait to see you and get all the details from miss macey!! love you lots!
christy h

MaryBeth said...

Congratulations to Macey! It sounds like a real whirl wind trip... enjoy Disney!!

The Brady's said...

OMG! GO MACEY, GO MACEY! Cassie I checked & checked, but what a wait! I know she is so excitied, guess you will be a stay @ home mom now! God is so Good! Im so proud of Macey & of her parents! God know's our needs, and always provides, providing it is centered around him!

travisb said...

AWESOME....AWESOME....AWESOME!!! I don't know what else to day. I am not surprised at all. It sounds like this has been an amazing experience for everyone and that is just so exciting. Can't wait to hear what's next and to see the plans that God has in store for all of you.

See you soon.....

Diana

Nicole said...

AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!!! Tell Macey we are so proud of her and knew she could do it!

Now what??? Are you going to move to NY or CA for a few months????

Melanieshea said...

CONGRATULATIONS MACEY!!!! Sounds like you all are having a blast!!! I love all of the pictures and updates!!! I guess about right now yall are passed out after a fun day with Mickey!!! Can't wait to hear all about it!!!!

Fran said...

Wow! You have had an amazing time and I'm so very happy for all of you. Can't wait to hear and see the conclusion with Mickey.

Its Tuesday and I'm praying for your safe travels.

Hugs~
Fran

BethAnne said...

Okay, are you going to remember your blog friends when you have a famous daughter and move to LA????