The countdown is on for Dorothea Walker Elementary School student Talston Scott who makes his television debut on YTV’s In Real Life this Monday.
The show gives 12- to 14-year-olds a chance to try their hand at different careers in an elimination-style reality program that Scott can attest reels in the viewers.
“I watched the first season and I just thought it would be so amazing and fun to be on the show,” he said during an after-school interview squeezed in before acting class at Bumbershoot Theatre.
An aspiring thespian, Talston admitted he didn’t waste any time throwing his hat in the ring, applying to be on the second season.
Equally as prompt, the show’s producers turned him down saying he would be too young when filming started as he was 11 years old at the time, not the mandatory 12.
Thankfully, this energetic kid is used to having to fight to get noticed as the youngest of five children.
Only his sister—the family has four boys and one girl—is into theatre and Talston has always had a natural presence, according to his mother.
As such, it made perfect sense that when he applied for the third season, won an interview with the show’s producers and made the trip to Vancouver to sit down with In Real Life’s casting crew, Talston secured a part.
“Then it was like, OK, he’s going to fly off to Montreal without us,” said mom Deb Troendle-Scott. “But it didn’t take too long for us to get used to the idea.”
Neither mother nor son can say how much of Talson’s summer went to filming the show as it would give away how long he lasted through the elimination process.
What they can tell us is that his dalliance with life as an army recruit in the very first episode did not result in a vocational fit for his future.
“I don’t know if I really want to be in the army. I really want to be an actor,” said Scott, noting he had to climb through vast mud pits and dive in and out of jeeps for the episode.
Describing the army drill sergeants as two huge dudes who showed up and just started barking orders, the Grade 7 student said he nevertheless had a lot of fun on the obstacle course they laid out.
He was none too impressed with army rations; the oatmeal was a “gloop that smelled like rotten eggs and tuna,” in his view.
But all of that said, ever the showman, Kelowna’s latest television star had no complaints about the experience.
To watch Scott’s television debut and follow him throughout the season tune in to YTV on Monday at 7 p.m.