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Local business owner's son competes on reality show
Andy Hunt
You can find Frank and Bette Sue Hunt in front of the television every Tuesday night. That's because their son, Andrew, has a chance to win $1 million dollars and a shot to direct a movie.

Featured on the newest reality show, "On the Lot," Andrew is competing with other contestants for a shot to make a movie. Each week, contestants make a short movie, which is critiqued by judges. And, like all other reality shows, a contestant is voted off each week.

Andrew, or Andy as he likes to be called, has had a desire to be a director since he was small. His mom, Bette Sue, said he picked up a camera at a young age and was hooked.

"As a mom, I could see the talent," Bette Sue said. "He was born to make movies. He never strayed one time from his dream, not one time."

The Elm City residents have made sure to do everything they can to keep the votes coming for Andy. Each Tuesday night, a contestant is voted off. So far, Andy has remained in the top 15.

"It's just unbelievable he's been chosen," Bette Sue said. "This has been quite a journey."

The Hunt family moved to North Carolina 10 years ago. They started their own business just outside of Rocky Mount five years ago. Soon, they will move to a new location in Nashville. Though Andy had already left home by the time his parents got to North Carolina, he said he has a desire to make movies in the south.

"There's enough films being made in LA and New York," Andy said.

Andy said he has enjoyed his time on the show, although it has been awkward for him being in front of the camera, when normally he's behind it.

"It's a great experience to surround yourself with people that have the same dreams as you have," Andy said. "The reality is bizarre to me because I'm used to being behind the camera."

As for future plans, Andy's parents said regardless of whether Andy wins the competition or not, they feel just being on the show will help him in his career.

"It will open a lot of doors for him," Bette Sue said. "His philosophy is, "I'm going to have a lot of fun with this.""

As for voting, Andy's parents encourage everyone to put in a vote or two, or three, for their son.

"We feel really confident he'll be there (in the top)," Frank said. "We felt Andy was in the top five of 18 but if people don't vote, it won't mean anything."

For more information on "On the Lot," visit www.thelot.com.

(Editor's note: The photo of Andrew Hunt was provided by Danny Moloshok/Blue Pixel.)

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