When Brody Scharr was eight, he landed a part in a school play at Canandaigua Elementary. And it was there, on stage, that he discovered something about himself.
Not only was he comfortable in front of an audience–he truly enjoyed it.
"I think part of it was being on stage and seeing everyone and not being nervous," Brody recalls. "Just giving it all and going as hard as I could, it was amazing."
His interest led to acting classes, and signing with a talent agency.
Last November, a phone call came that changed the game from Body and his parents. His homemade audition tape was chosen from thousands of others, and Brody was now cast as the lead character in a series of commercials for Chuck E. Cheese's.
Brody remembers the day he received the letter saying he'd gotten the job.
"So I started reading it and I looked at my mom and I was like 'no way no way.' And I started actually crying."
His mom and dad, Sara and Bill Scharr, are supporting their son, but not pushing him.
"I think everbody wants to see their child find something that does, as you said, light 'em up," Sara says. "And that was really neat for us, for him to come to us, and want to do more and look for more opportunities."
Brody is a pretty regular kid. He enjoys chess, and plays basketball. And he's not letting this acting thing go to his head.