That One Time I Was a Child Star

This is an archived post I wrote in 2012 on a personal blog.

Many years ago (think 1996) I found myself in one awesome predicament.  A Bebe and Cece Winan’s video was going to be filmed at our farm and for whatever reason, the director told my mom (weeks in advance) that they would love it if there was a kid at the farm willing to be taped going down our zipline.  So, naturally, my mom asked me if I was interested in the role and I proudly accepted.  For weeks I thought about my big break, what my zipline scene would entail, what I would need to wear and how far this little job might take me.  I would walk up to the hill by myself and practice my best zipline posture (back straight, legs lifted high, big smile…)

Well…  the big day finally came and it was better than expected.  Not only did I get to be on my own zipline (on my own farm) in a big fancy music video, but the director also unexpectedly donned my zipline with an assortment of fancy ribbons.  Not too shabby… Then, to top it all off, they asked if I wanted to be a part of a little “touch football” scene.  (My football moves didn’t make it to the video but just know I was having the time of my life running to my spot like a true champ.)

Months later, I was at my dad’s house, scanning through the tv channels one Sunday morning, when low and behold, I spotted ME on BET.  It was quite unexpected (for a number of reasons) and it was a moment that was branded in my brain forever.  However, as the years passed (16 to be exact) my memory got fuzzy and while I would occasionally mention to Sean and friends “the time I was in a gospel video” nobody had ever seen the video and even I hadn’t seen it since 1996.  Well, tonight friends, through a series of short miracles, I managed to find that video… and it is better than I remembered.

Minute 3:34.  You’re welcome.

I have literally not laughed this hard since my grandfather accidentally said the word titties (instead of cities) at dinner one night in ’98.  There is quite possibly nothing more random in the world to me, than 11 year old me, zooming down that zipline in the middle of a BeBe and CeCe Winans’ video…  Throw in the ribbons and I’m a mess.

Here are some of the texts that ensued after I sent a copy to my friends.

Friend 1) “I’m crying I’m laughing so hard.”

Ten minutes later… from the same person: “I’m still crying.”

Friend 2) “Don’t mind me CeCe, I’m just swinging on through.”

Friend 3) “My husband is upset you didn’t share this when he told you he was on the Jerry Springer show.”

And then two friends (separate from one another) put it on their big screens, freeze framed it on minute 3:36 and sent me this picture:

So there you have it friends, turns out I’m famous. Or as I told my husband tonight, “Some people were just born to shine.”