Gio Leone Langley
Where do I begin? His name is Gio Leone Langley… He is my first born and I'm very honored to be his father! He was born May 13, 2011 (Friday) at 4:17pm, and weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz.
I took my time and waited for the right woman and opportunity to have my first at the ripe age of 38! My wife to be and mother of my son is named Nino Kolotashvili! She is from the Republic of Georgia which is from the former Soviet Union… She moved here at the age of 18 and eventually worked hard enough to bring the rest of her family over from Georgia!
After meeting at a local Russian restaurant I was singing at in Brooklyn New York, we met on the dance floor and I haven't stop dancing since! A year after our courtship, we were pregnant with Gio! Though it was unexpected, the experience was very welcomed! From the moment that Gio entered the world, I knew that he was special! I found many similarities in our characters in the way he watched and studied his surroundings people even as an infant! My mother told me that just like Gio, I was born very quiet and very curious! My mother was distraught about me being born so quiet and asked doctors if something was wrong with me! When Gio came into the world in the same way, I had no doubt that we were cut from the same cloth! As most parents do, we think our kids are the cutest EVER! With that in mind, I had an impromptu casting of a family with a baby for the Pampers brand! Oddly enough I had two different calls about the casting… One, from my agent Charlie Wright… And two from an actor friend of mine named Joe! Joe called me and asked me if I had just had my son (at 5 months) and that there was a casting for father and son that he saw online on a casting website! We went in for the go see and to my surprise they needed a mother of ambiguous ethnicity! Given that Nino has always been mistaken for other nationalities, I felt that she would be great in this casting as well! Long story short, we were all casted for the Pampers shoot! I found through my life (before being a parent) that most parents vie for their cute baby to be a Pampers or Huggies baby or any sort of baby product baby! This opportunity fell in our laps at the right moment! Needless to say, we were very happy and blessed that our son was chosen to be a part of this moment in his journey! As Gio began to grow through the first couple of years of life, his characteristics and personality began to blossom! He had a natural affinity for music… He would sing around the house with different melodies of songs that he may of heard on the radio on the drive or even watching me and my home studio record! His curiosity was off the charts as he would grab a set of earphones to hear what I was working on... All the while trying to sing a couple of bars into the microphone as I was doing some studio work!
I could vividly remember a time when I introduced him to a couple of clips on YouTube on our television and I looked up a child drummer… It was interesting because we had just bought Gio (now 11 months) a small little drum set! I sat him in front of the television and played this clip of this prodigy little boy playing the drums!
To my surprise he began to look at the TV curiously only to play the drums just as he saw little boy did! I am SO glad that I had my iPhone recording this moment, not knowing what to expect but was ready for anything! Being a dad in this day and time it's so interesting when it comes to all of the DIY things we can do as parents nowadays! I would take all of his pictures videos other little moments of his life in various ways! Yes, at times I feel like that nerdy dad on Modern Family that has so many harebrained ideas to make his family happy with his random "gifts"! Now, nearly 4 years old, Gio is growing into himself and is quite handsome (if I do say so myself)! There was a period of time that no casting agencies would take him because of his age and needed for him to be AT LEAST 4 years old! We're now looking into finding the right agency to represent him here in New York, to give him a chance to succeed in this ever changing business! I by no means a stage dad or mom or whatever you may call it these days, but he's always had a natural talent to charm people to sing to anything he hears once and to just be a kid! My mother never pushed me into anything as a kid, but would always encourage my natural interest and my gifts in order to nurture them in a more structured environment! I was always shy as a kid and never opened up until I was at least 17 years old… At which time, I auditioned for a magnet school in Virginia and made it! I've been singing and acting since! I want Gio to be better than what I was because he has an opportunity to be much more starting this early in life! Not to mention having TWO parents to raise him, whereas my mother was the only one! Not to mention how cute he is at his age given how beautiful Nino is and his "cool" hair and all! We are 2 happy parents that are blessed to have Gio; AND Anna; 9 (from Nino's previous marriage)!
They get along famously and love each other VERY much! They hate to be apart also! This love doesn't come without occasional pulled hair and a few broken toys along the way, but that's normal and always has been!
As for Gio, if you are in New York and know of an agency that would be perfect for Gio, please let me know of any info you may have!
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