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January 23, 2012

How to Rock

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Most of us have either rocked braces or glasses, if not both. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to rock a stage?

Kacey Simon (Cymphonique Miller) knows what its like to do both. On the new show, How to Rock, Kacey goes from being BFFs with all the right people and hosting her own segment on the school’s news network, Channel M News (hmm…) to social outcast, all in a week’s work. The culprit? You guessed it: glasses, braces and a wicked lisp that not only sounds silly, but virtually ends her broadcast career and knocks her to the bottom of the social stratosphere. Kacey’s challenge is to find a way to deal with her new look and status and still be her same rockin’ self.

 
We loved the premise of the show (and the book!), but the braces and glasses thing got us thinking. Can you be on TV with braces and glasses? Then we remembered we work at a TV news show and we could get the answer straight from the source.
Here’s what Jessica Kumari had to say about rocking braces and glasses:
Have you ever had braces or glasses?
“Yes. I got them in the same year and I was terrified that I was going to be a big dork, the stereotype, you know? But what happened is that because I got them so young, before anyone else, they were cool. Also, I had the kind that you could change the rubber bands on so I could customize for holidays — black and orange for Halloween, red and green for Christmas, and that was fun too.”

What kind of affect did they have on your self-esteem?

“Like I said, at first I was scared that people would judge me, especially with the glasses. Also, my mom was sort of anti-glasses so I was a little worried about that. But I needed them! I literally couldn’t see the board. I used to pretend that I had to sharpen my pencils so that I could I go up and see it. But it was worth because as soon as I got the glasses, not only could I see the board, but I also became a rock star at Nintendo because I could finally see what was going on in the game.

I’m basically blind without my contacts now.”

How did you feel when your braces finally came off?

“It’s funny, I was like one of those transformations that you see in movies. I got contacts and my braces off at the same time. And then I got a perm. It was crazy. I was suddenly really popular with the boys, and then the girls liked me too because of the boys.”

Do you have any advice for dealing?

“I realized when I suddenly super popular and feeling great about myself that feeling confident is half the battle. Once you have that feeling, even if you have to fake it at first, you eventually really become confident. And then it doesn’t matter what you look like.”

So that’s that. Seems like we’ve all been there at one time or the other — and we’re looking forward to finding out what happens to Kasey on the show. Remember, the brand new series premieres TONIGHT @ 8:30pm/7:30c on Nickelodeon.

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