After Spellbound was released, my father confessed to me that he felt uneasy when I was being filmed. Even though he believed in me, he feared I would become so anxious that it would jeopardize my performance at regionals. I think I loved the attention from the filmmakers like any kid would (don’t all kids go through an “I want to be a movie star” phase?) but I never stopped to think about the situation from my father’s point of view.
I remember riding the tractor in the wheatfields with my dad before I started kindergarten. I felt so important holding onto the steering wheel with my dad. I once told my sister that I would have fun riding a tractor nowadays while listening to my iPod. We both laughed, but I wasn't kidding. There is something quite therapeutic about gazing off into the vast Texas Panhandle.