A Grade 6 student from British Columbia made his world stage debut with a Super Bowl commercial.
Musashi Baillie, a student at Laity View Elementary School in Maple Ridge, was recently cast in a Toyota Super Bowl commercial as Canadian Paralympic cross-country skier Brian McKeever. McKeever, who lost his sight to Stargardt macular degeneration, eventually, with the help of his brother, won 17 medals, including 13 gold in six Paralympic Winter Games.
Baillie plays a younger McKeever in the commercial which depicts this relationship between McKeever and his older brother and ski guide, Robin.
“I’ve never been in a commercial before; it was my first time,” he said.
Baillie got the acting job after her mother saw the casting call online. He tried out for the role and just after two rounds of auditions was cast in the role.
In the first part of the commercial, a young Brian, played by Baillie, is guided by his older brother Robin as he learns to ski and ride a bike in their neighborhood. Later, when 19-year-old Brian discovers he is going to lose his sight, the older brother continues to work with him and guide him as he does running exercises through the trees.
“It was weird being on TV,” he said. “But I was excited because it was my first time in a commercial.”
Many of his school friends have seen the advertisement and he now hopes to get more acting work.
“It’s fun because there’s a lot of food you can eat during times when you’re not working,” he said. “There’s a lot of sweets and a lot of goodies.”
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