CADIZ (AP) — Anyone who has ever sat down to watch TV has, at some point, seen something on that screen that made them think, “Wow, that’s cool, I wish I could do that.”
Such was the case with 6-year-old Brody Allen, who was watching TV with his mom, Sabina Allen, one day in January when he asked how he could be on TV.
“Brody just one day asked, I think a typical kid question, ‘How do those kids get on TV,’ and when I explained the process he was very interested and really wanted to know more — really wanted to know why he couldn’t do that.”
The answer was, he could do that.
A few days later, Sabina heard an ad on the radio for an iPop event in Clarksville, Tennessee. iPop — or International Presentation of Performers — is a sort of mass talent scout event where children can audition as singers, actors, models and dancers for agents, managers and casting directors.
“He went through (iPop) with flying colors,” Sabina said. “Things just started falling into place.”
The next month, Brody was in Nashville auditioning at a regional talent event.
“They had a few talent scouts from (Los Angeles) and Las Vegas there and they loved him and wanted him to come to L.A. in July for a national showcase,” Sabina said.
At the showcase, Brody scored six awards for best monologue, best photo, best commercial, best child actor, best child model and best runway.
“He was totally in his element,” Sabina said. “He loved it and I needed to see that. I needed to see he could really roll with this.”
By the end of that week, Brody had about eight agencies interested in representing him.
“When we got home, we weren’t even unpacked when they started calling wanting to know what our plans were,” she said.
“They already wanted me to come back,” Brody added.
As a parent, Sabina of course had her concerns as to what kind of things her son might be exposed to and whether or not this was the right path for him.
“We prayed about it a lot,” she said. “We just wanted to know that this was the right thing for him.”
Now, the family is considering their options — which agent to go with, how will they manage the traveling, and how Brody will manage acting or modeling along with school and his other interests.
All the while, Brody has continued to pursue acting and recently got his first taste of fame — he played the Ugly Duckling in the Southern Kentucky Independent Theatre’s musical rendition of “Shrek.”
“I was like, ‘Well I have the ‘Shrek’ movies and this might be fun,’” Brody said. “Once I asked my mom about it, it sounded like something I might enjoy.”
Brody and his mom are not sure what will happen after the “Shrek” musical ends. There is another trip to L.A. in the works. They plan to meet with some agents and, if all goes well, choose representation.
“I’m not sure how it will all work,” Sabina said. “I hope we can find a good fit in L.A. I hope to be able to keep him as grounded as possible. And the community has been so supportive and so positive and I hope it stays that way for him because it has meant a lot to him — he’s got a lot of people behind him and rooting for him.”
As for Brody, he said he hopes to one day see himself on TV or the big screen.
“I’m excited,” he said. “I’m glad that (my mom and dad) are letting me do this.”