Clayton had the opportunity to work on The Righteous Gemstones, which premiered last month on @hbo

This was by far NOT the most featured job he has had… but it was definitely one of the most fun! We stopped doing background work a while ago, but this opportunity arose and I’m so glad we hopped on board. Clayton got to hang and work alongside some of the most brilliant comedic actors in the biz who also happen to be incredibly kind and welcoming and down to earth and pretty good at flossing 👌🏻 

You could watch the whole season and you probably won’t even realize you have seen him! His role was the body double for Abraham Gemstone played by the very sweet Gavin Munn

So you may ask, what is a body double and why do they have them? 

A body double is used often for children. This is because there are so many strict laws regarding children in this industry, and the amount of hours they can work each day is one of them. Also, the amount of hours they are on set calculates how much time they have to be working with their set teacher also, so to fit all of this in, in a single working day is a struggle.

According to NY and CA labor laws, a child 6-8 years old can be on set a maximum of 8 hours a day, but working no more than 4, with the remaining 3 hours spent with the set teacher in school and an hour of rest.  At the age of nine those times increase by one hour and it stays that way until fifteen years old.

Under the age of 6 the hours are significantly lower and if you’ve ever spent time on a set, you are well aware at how slow things can move. This is why twins/triplets are often used as babies or at such a young age. 

There are also many more specifics to this- how long the child has to wait, what time frame they can work in (no later than 12:30am on non school nights for example) and there has to be a full 12 hours between they time they finish on set and when they can film again the following day. 

These are just a couple of examples of the extensive labor laws, which are in place to protect our children. So as you can see, in an industry like this, using a photo double for a child is necessary or filming would take forever. 

So in steps the body double. 

What does the body double do? It takes the place of the main actor in a scene where the main actor may not be as visible. 

So to be more clear, Clayton filmed scenes portrayed as the main actor while the camera focus was typically elsewhere. Maybe you only see the back of his head, maybe he’s blurred out or maybe he’s too small to make out the face… however the editing goes down, you will likely never recognize him in this particular role. 

There is a misconception that a Body double is the same as a stand in. It is not. A body double is not a stand in unless specified otherwise. A stand in literally stands in the place that the actor will be filming and runs through the scene while the crew is working to get the lights and cameras set up accurately. The stand in is never filmed in the final edit unless they’re used as an extra as well, in a scene with a huge crowd. 

Clayton was so excited every single time he was called to set, he didn’t care that no one would see him or his name, he was having endless FUN and that’s what is important when you have a young child in this business.

You let them steer the ship.

 

 

We came home earlier than anticipated from L.A. 🌴 In the first two weeks of being signed on the west coast, we had 5 audition requests and 2 other print castings for Charlie. I had no idea how fast things would take off and I’ve been completely blown away by how hard our manager is working for us and rooting for us. 

The second week of June I got the call that Clayton was hand picked and requested by the casting director for a series regular on a long time running tv show. And when CBS calls… you go! 

His audition was on a Monday, we would find out Tuesday Or Wednesday if he was selected and filming would start on Thursday, then continue regularly for the following month, until taking a hiatus.  Obviously this left me no choice but to bring Charlie along too. 

Needless to say He didn’t get the job. It was down to him and another boy and sadly for us they decided to go with the boy who had more credits. So after hitting a couple more auditions we headed back home.

Y’all, This industry is so crazy and until you’re in it, like really fully immersed in it you just have no idea. I sure didnt. I never knew how the industry worked, what any of the lingo meant or what the the laws are that vary from state to state, about work permits or how damn hard these kids work. 

Did you know there are 25,000 agency repped child actors in L.A. alone. For every available job, the casting director is receiving thousands of submissions. If you get asked to self tape, that’s exciting. If you get an audition- that’s a big deal. If you get a call back- amazing. If you get whittled down to a handful and get to audition in front of producers it’s huge. Huge! 

It’s OK to not get the job. Thousands of kids did not get the job. We should be proud of The fact that our child even has an agent or The fact they have been requested.

And YES the process is frustrating and it sucks at times. And YES Clayton gets bummed out, and YES he feels defeated (questions that come up a lot), especially not getting picked on an opportunity like this one because he truly does grasp the gravity of these opportunities. 

BUT I remind him about all of the things above, and that all of those no’s are just stepping stones to the yes that awaits him.

If you follow any industry kids on social media, you probably see a lot of #bookedit or #directbooked and it may make you feel like you’re not stacking up.

Or, you may see kids who have booked a lead role after their first pilot season or within a few months of even starting the acting journey. But none of this is the norm.

The norm? The norm is what you don’t see plastered all over social medial. The norm are the kids who work their asses off for years, honing their skill, taking acting classes or watching videos of techniques and ways to improve. Spending hours studying and Learning pages of sides, multiple times a week. Completing self tape after self tape after self tape. Or the kids who go through multiple auditions just to get the tiniest part. For example the kid playing with super hero toys at the end of Shazam. Do you even remember which scene I’m talking about? He didn’t even get a line….But i bet that kid was SO freaking excited and proud to get that role, as he should be. THIS is the norm. The kids who go unseen.

We want to teach our kids if they work hard they can do/be anything they want to be, but as a parent this industry really makes you question that sometimes. At least for me it has.

It’s hard. It’s hard to see your child feel disappointed. It’s hard to see them work so hard and be so eager and then get turned down. All we can do is fill their cup with positivity, and reiterate that doing their best and having fun is the only thing that matters. And word of advice- if they aren’t having fun then it’s time to rethink the path they’re on.

 

 

 

We celebrated world oceans day partnering with charleston surf rider and love beauty planet to clean up Folly Beach!

We also made sure to fill in people’s holes to help the sea turtles make it to the water!

 

 

We had such a great time and collected 225lbs of trash!!

After the clean up there was a fun celebration at Chico feo featuring two sisters karaoke.

If you missed out on a beach clean up today, make sure to follow surf rider for upcoming events and check out the project tenlittlepieces on instagram … where you can commit to picking up 10 pieces of trash each time you’re out and about!

 

This girl is always keeping up with the big kids and she is always getting hurt, somehow…falling, tripping, crashing at least once a day. I’m so thankful to have found PATCH biodegradable bandages from Grove Collaborative

 

By now we all know how bad straws and plastic bags are, but did you realize that most bandaids are made of plastic? The adhesive sheet of a band-aid is usually made from a type of plastic, either PVC, polyethylene, or polyurethane. Plastic band-aids don’t break down; they are single-use plastic items and just think about how often they fall off while playing- in the ocean, on the playground, etc. Not only are these bandaids not biodegradable, they are also not sustainably made, with all of the chemicals used. 

PATCH Organic Biodegradable Coconut Oil Adhesive Bandages are designed for kids to help aid and soothe minor bumps, grazes and scratches. The gauze is enriched with the goodness of Coconut Oil to assist the natural healing process. PATCH are non-toxic and made with super soft and strong certified organic bamboo fabric and gauze with hypoallergenic pressure sensitive adhesive. Everything about these bandages is biodegradable and compostable. The tube is made from recycled cardboard and printed with natural color dye. The sterilization packaging is made from plastic-free rice paper and the strips are made of compostable bamboo fiber. HOW AWESOME! Not to mention their panda design is super cute!  We are obsessed over here with all the amazing things from Grove !! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀

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We had a sunrise family photo shoot this morning on Sullivans Island with Babiators, for their Spring & Fathers Day campaign with photographer Elizabeth Ervin

 It was beautiful out and it is always SO fun being able to work together as a family. I love every minute of it. 

Here are some behind the scenes photos, I can’t wait to see them all!

 

I don’t often talk about New Years resolutions, because I find them hard to keep. I love the idea of a fresh slate, and making an effort to feel happier, healthier, stronger, better in general but for me, making these resolutions and not keeping up with it creates a lot of anxiety, and guilt so therefore I don’t usually make them. instead I just try to implement the changes all through out the year.

The only resolution I have ever made was in the fifth grade to stop eating meat. I was 10 and my mom was like, “ok, do whatever you want” probably thinking it wouldn’t last. Here I am 24 years later, still not eating meat.

 

This year, my “resolution” is to reduce the amount of plastic I use in my every day life. I have of course been doing things for years, like asking for paper bag instead of plastic, but for example i’m really bad at remembering reusable bags. So my plan is to just do better, in any way I can.

ill be sharing some of my favorite ways to reduce plastic coming up on the blog, so if this is something you feel passionate about as well, stayed tuned!

 

We are ready for Santa over here! 
I snagged these photos of the kids in their matching pjs because with the craziness of Christmas I  knew I  wouldn’t get any. Over Thanksgiving my mother in law gave me this set of baby Christmas pajamas that belonged to my husband as a baby. I’m such a sucker for sentimental items. Im obsessed with them and SO happy at least one of my babies fit into them at the right time! 

Am I the only sentimental one? It sure makes it hard to get rid of things and I find myself saving pieces of paper with scribbles and not even remembering why. I’ve decided If I can’t remember why I am saving it, then I’ll toss it.

But clothes…I  want to keep all the baby stuff. I think I need a storage unit just for the bins of clothes.

Kidding, kidding. 

Do you have any special Christmas Traditions? 

 

This has been one of those hard weeks. The kind when I’m scrambling to rearrange schedules and travel plans. The kind when the kids have to be on two different sets, in two different states on the same day. 

Charlie had a long scheduled shoot for Rosalina baby clothes in Charleston, while Clayton had a newly scheduled shoot for Elf on the Shelf in Atlanta but my sister who was supposed to be watching Charlie thought my niece had the flu.

 

 It takes so much effort from so many people to make weeks like this work out and allow our children to have these opportunities. 

Clayton shooting new products for Elf on the Shelf Holiday 2019

 

My sister was able to bring Char to her holiday photo shoot with Rosalina, and then my Mom picked her up after so she didn’t have to be around my niece (who thankfully doesn’t actually have the flu)… while I was in Atlanta with Clayton having fun with some awesome new products for Elf on the Shelf. 

These kind of weeks leave me feeling emotionally exhausted and grateful, for this journey and having such a supportive group of family and friends.

 

We can’t wait to show you all the fun new products in store for Next Christmas! 

Charlie shooting Rosalina Holiday 2019

 

We’ve spent a total of 20 hours on set this week, over 4 days at 4 different locations, on 3 different projects for all 3 kids. Whoa.

We had two days on set with Google, where Charlie was the star of the commercial and became bffs with the incredible director from Chelsea Pictures, and we had fun hanging out with the great crew.  On day two Colby made his industry debut staring in his own video! 

Next up was a photo shoot for both Char & Clayton for Fox Chase Child and Golf Digest, followed by Clayton on set filming his indie film. 

These little ones of ours are rockstars, including this baby who is along for the ride.

I’ll say it again, I’m so thankful i have such a helpful hubby to take some of the weight off… none of what these kiddos get to experience would be possible without teamwork.

 

 

Charlie and Senior Producer Shanah from Chelsea Pictures
Day 1 of 2 on set for Google with Director David Gordon Green
Colby making his on camera debut for Google at less than 2 weeks old

 

Clayton shooting Golf Digest/ Fox Chase Child with photographer Kelly Roper
Clayton on set shooting his first scene for Flesher
Charlie shooting for Fox Chase Child with photographer Kelly Roper