Local violinist lands NFL gig


    OVER-THE-RHINE, Ohio (Adam Clements) -- Thursday night on Local 12 you can see the Denver Broncos take on the Kansas City Chiefs.But right before the game, Cincinnati will be well represented by a freshman student from U.C. during a promo for the NFL. But it's how this talented young man was discovered that proves anything is truly possible.If you visit Findlay Market on Saturday afternoons, odds are you've heard Darius Brown play his violin."When I was a little kid, I saw a guy here playing violin, and I was like, I can do that too," Brown said. "And I did it."Darius has loved performing since he was three years old -- playing violin, acting in plays, flashing his million-dollar smile and always giving his best."If you don't go all out on something, I feel like what's the point of doing something?" Darius said. "If you can't get the most out of every opportunity, why should you be offered that opportunity?""He's still a wonderful kid," his mother said. "I firmly believe he can do anything he sets his mind to."A few years ago, local talent agent Lauren Hannan Hudson saw Darius performing and knew right away that he was special."He just looked right up at me," Hudson recalled. "And I was like, 'this kid has it. He has the spark!'"This summer, Lauren got word that CBS was looking for a young actor to star in a national promo for one of their NFL games this season. She immediately called Darius."You gotta get down here, you gotta get down here! This address, this address, this address. I'm like; I got class in an hour. I can't miss class," Brown said.Hudson said, "Six hours later, we had a guy pick him up for the airport, 3:45 in the morning, for a 6 a.m. flight to Kansas City."Darius auditioned. A few weeks later, he got the call, and the job."I got a call and I put it on speaker," Brown said. "And it was Peter, and he was like, 'you got it, you got it.' And we were jumping around the store, like YEAH! YEAH!""I can't stop smiling or bragging on my son," his mother said. "Hey, did you know my son's gonna be in a TV commercial?"From Findlay Market, to the national stage, Darius says the sky is the limit."It does definitely boost my confidence," Brown said, "but it really more so pushes my motivation. It makes me just hungrier for it."Follow Adam Clements on Twitter @aclementswkrc and LIKE him on Facebook.

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