May 17, 2007
Dreayer finds ‘Suite’ success with talented twins
(Page 2 - Previous Page)A few days later, Dreayer signed the twins with Creative Artists Agency. She promptly booked the Rossos for six episodes on "The Suite Life" and when she showcases her next-big-thing "tweens," she is transparent and elated, "You should have seen what CAA put together. I ... was ... screaming. The look! The colors!"
With two successful stints coupling twindom with stardom, the prospect for the Rossos looks promising to Dreayer. She envisions a franchise empire, modeled after Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's direct-to-DVD film repertoire combined with commercial marketing campaigns. After 30 years in the business, her enthusiasm and commitment to yet another twin team growing up before the camera is startling.
"I think I was destined to do this job because I don't have children but I have so many," she says. "This allows me to be so nurturing to the kids and the crew and the writers. I become the nice Jewish mother."
Her assistant enters the office and informs her that taping begins in 10 minutes, at which point she rummages through her desk drawers looking for moisturizer and lipstick and says, "If you asked me what it is about my Judaism that got me where I am today, one word: chutzpah."
Outlining her lips with a dash of color, she adds, "I do so many things people cannot believe. But I believe in myself, and chutzpah means having balls. It's possessing the confidence to make a choice about something that comes your way and taking advantage of a situation that could otherwise disappear."
Her words are simple but they pulse with conviction.
"And that's the hardest part about being in this business -- that there's an end to every series," she adds.
She pauses before continuing her thought, "It's like leaving family, but like my father said 30 years ago as I sobbed at the airport, 'Isn't it better to feel this way?'"
Descending the stairs with a fresh face and a second wind, she confides, "I love what I do but it's very hard. It can be stressful dealing with egos and not everybody has the same agenda."
The speed of her gait increases with each step nearing the stage door. Her mood transitions from relaxed and contemplative to an intensified excitement. Tonight, the president of the network will appear and The Dray must lead her crew with verve and precision.
Before she disappears into the riotous applause of the audience and the dense crowd of performers, Dreayer makes her final pitch: "I am the world's best salesman. I could sell swampland in the Everglades," and quickly adds, "I got that from my parents."
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