Cranberry teen to appear on TV show
Cranberry Eagle
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October 17, 2012

CRANBERRY TWP — A Seneca Valley sophomore will appear on a nationally televised Nickelodeon show where she will showcase her hidden talent of glass blowing.

Laura Neu, 15, of Cranberry traveled to Hollywood in September with her mother to film a segment for the popular “Figure It Out” television show.

The program features a panel of Nickelodeon celebrities who try to guess the hidden talent of each contestant. A new season of the show started Monday, although Laura’s mother, Lori Neu, said the family isn’t sure just when Laura’s segment will air.

Regardless, Laura and her mother spent three days in Los Angeles, from Sept. 11 to Sept. 13, squeezing in as much fun and sightseeing, all paid for by Nickelodeon.

For her part, Laura said she soaked up the spotlight and enjoyed her time in Hollywood.

But the fun didn’t end there because, once home, her friends began treating her like a celebrity.

“All of the people at Nickelodeon were so nice and treated me like an actual star,” she said. “Then I come home and I’m signing autographs at school. It’s such an amazing feeling.”

Laura said it took some getting used to at first, being surrounded by blinding bright lights and dozens of cameramen. But the euphoria of being on national television quickly kicked in.

The girl took an unusual path to her 15 minutes of fame, a result of her mother’s job as a professional scientific glass blower for the University of Pittsburgh.

All of her three children picked up glass blowing as a hobby, Lori Neu said, a hobby that came in handy when producers from Nickelodeon e-mailed the American Scientific Glass Blowers Society looking for children between the ages of 8 and 15.

After submitting a four-minute audition tape in the beginning of August, producers with the show contacted the family on Aug. 4 and gave them the good news.

“It was like a dream,” Lori Neu said. “We were just pinching ourselves the whole time.”

Neu said her daughter packed in as much sightseeing as possible during their limited time in Hollywood. They even got a chance to visit the Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

But for the mother, the highlight of the trip was sitting back in the studio watching her daughter soak up the limelight.

“It was amazingly fun to see her in her glory,” she said. “To see your child so happy, it was really neat.”