Imagine being 5 years old and getting paid to go wild on an airplane.
That's what happened with identical twins Broderick and Bentley Chin, of Egg Harbor City, preschool students at the Charles L. Spragg Elementary School.
They got their first professional acting job in November on the CBS crime drama "Person of Interest," sharing the role of an unruly toddler seated behind main character John Reese in the first-class section of a flight from New York City to Rome, said mom Jennifer Ade-Chin.
The out-of-control child complicates an attempt by Reese, played by Jim Caviezel, to protect someone on the plane, she said.
"They loved it, especially being in the hotel and dressing room," said Ade-Chin, who plays the mom who loses control of her child.
After they finished a week of filming at Silver Cup East Studios in Long Island City, N.Y., the director and assistant director lifted the twins up for a standing ovation, she said.
Ade-Chin didn't tell them they were going to be on TV, because when she said that at a previous audition, it was upsetting to one of the twins.
"He started crying, saying, 'I don't want to be inside the TV. I want to stay with you,'" Ade-Chin said.
So when they see themselves on TV tomorrow night, they will understand it doesn't mean they're literally in the box, she said.
Ade-Chin is a part-time dental hygienist with Dr. George Novasack in Somers Point, and her husband, Jeremy, is a union carpenter, she said. She won't make auditioning and acting the center of the family's life, but she will consider parts for which the twins have a good shot, she said.
The Chins' episode of "Person of Interest," titled "4C," is scheduled for 10 p.m. Tuesday on CBS.
Jacob Foster Ongsiaco, a freshman studying theater arts at Rowan University, received the $300 Historic Jackson Street Neighborhood Association Scholarship at East Lynne Theater Company's fundraising event at Aleathea's Restaurant in Cape May in November.
Ongsiaco, who began performing while attending elementary school in Manahawkin, Stafford Township, is the seventh recipient of the scholarship. He graduated from Southern Regional High School in 2013.
In middle school and high school, he performed with the Southern Regional Theatre Company as George in "The Drowsy Chaperone" and as Danny Zuko in "Grease." He also played Padamadan in "Legally Blonde" for Our Gang Players.