My twins work occasionally doing commercials and print work.
I hesitate telling people this because I’m afraid they’ll think I am one of those stage moms who drags their kids to auditions even if they are not interested (my boys LOVE working), or they’ll want a big list of projects they’ve worked on, and when the list isn’t that extensive, I feel like it’s a let down for those asking. So, I usually keep my mouth shut.
Yesterday we embarked upon unchartered territory. For the first time, one of the twins booked a job without the other. I was unsure how to approach the situation because I didn’t want the other one to feel badly. Kind of like, “how come I didn’t get invited to the party?” You should know that “work” for the boys really is like going to a really, really great birthday party where they get to play all the good games, eat lots of yummy food, do things they are not allowed to do at home, and get tons of attention.
The twins started working because they are identical twins and when children are babies and toddlers, identical twins are in demand because they can be “switched out” for each other. With 5 children to put through college, I thought it would be a great way to help pad the reserves. And it has been, yet sooner or later the gig is going to have to come to a stop. Eventually they will start to wonder why another child was picked over them, and that’s not something Jeff and I are willing to wade through for a few bucks.
I took both boys along for the shoot and eventually the one not working said he wanted his turn. Uh oh.
In the end everything worked out fine and it wasn’t an issue. But will it become an issue in the future?
I’m just not sure.
So, for now we’ll play it by ear.
P.S. I’m wearing the newly released necklace from Twisted Silver (compliments of Twisted Silver). It’s called the Moab Rocker, inspired by the vistas at Slickrock in Moab, UT, and is totally unique. Each pendant has a custom “landscape” so no two pieces are exactly alike. Retailing for $70, it might just be the one fashion accessory you can’t live without this season.