Emmy awards aren't always for glamorous small-screen actors and big-name network television shows.
Westerville parents Chris and Julie Hedrick took a break from watching their 6- and 8-year-old kids to accept two awards at the Ohio Valley Regional Emmys Aug. 2.
The Hedricks, who own the television production company Blue Skies HD Video & Film Productions, each won Emmy awards for their role in the WOSU-TV show Broad and High, and earned another nomination for a documentary titled They Could Really Play the Game.
Mr. Hedrick previously has won two other Emmys and racked up 16 other nominations, but the award this year was Mrs. Hedrick's first, and came on her first ever nomination. She said she was happy to finally join her accomplished husband.
"It feels awesome to have a gold statue with my name on it," she said. "For years I've had to look at Chris' sitting on the mantel. It backs up the fact that we really are a partnership, and it allows me to feel like I'm a part, even though I know I am."
Her husband knows how she feels. After being nominated frequently before his first win, he joked that he was being compared to All My Children actress Susan Lucci, who was largely known for nominations without wins.
And while Mr. Hedrick credits his wife and others at their Westerville-based company for much of their success, he knows it's an honor.
"It's nice to be recognized by your peers; that's who's judging," he said. "It's the same criteria for regionals as nationals. Even if you just win one, it is a big deal, because that recognition is coming from your peers."
The Autumn Woods subdivision residents said they are parents first, and have even tried to show their kids a world outside of television. But it's not working. Their children already have started working on their own shows, and have a huge interest in television.
"It's interesting to see how we try not to focus on the TV world with our kids, but they're still picking up on it because of the company," Mrs. Hedrick said. "They hear us on the phone, they see clients coming and going, they see what we do. So it's interesting."
But did the children understand the Emmy awards? Not quite.
"I think our 8-year-old kind of understood the magnitude of it," Mrs. Hedrick said. "But our 6-year-old really liked my hair and makeup that night."
Despite their recent haul, the Hedricks don't think they've peaked just yet. And as their kids get older, they have more time to focus on their television work, rather than filming weddings and events.
"I think we're going to come home with an armful next year," Mrs. Hedrick said.