The Audition

Ever since she knew what it was, our Little Mimi has wanted to become a famous actress.  So of course, we tried to encourage her by trying to get her involved in the local acting community.  She wanted no part of that.  Nope, our little drama queen wasn’t willing to actually do anything to make her dream a reality, she just knew that she wanted to be famous. 

 

Late Friday afternoon, KT heard a commercial on the radio.  They were holding auditions for kids the next day for acting parts on the Disney channel.  Being the efficient go-getter that she is, KT quickly wrote the number down and then convinced her baby sister to call it as soon as we got home.  Nearly before we could blink, Mimi had an audition set up for the next morning. 
 
Shaun dropped us off (because I will do nearly anything to avoid driving in downtown Seattle…maybe I am a wimp) while Mimi and I headed up to the 7th floor of the Macy building.  Mimi was handied a short script and we were escorted to a large room filled with kids and their parents on folding chairs.  There we sat, side by side.  Mimi was rehearsing her lines while I tried to give her advice. (I think that we have officially entered the age where I no longer know anything at all worth knowing, because she kept asking me to quit talking to her!)

Eventually, a sharply dressed, charming man came out and started to interact with his audience, giving them hints on how to audition and letting them know what to expect.  He warned them that very few kids are chosen but to keep trying.  He then went on to say that any child that had been selected for a call back would be given a makeover on Monday and a crash course on what to do when they went to Hollywood in three weeks.  He emphasized that agents make their ten percent by having successful auditions and successful auditions came from being prepared.  We were then told that each child would be called up for an interview, then asked to read in front of a camera.

When it was Mimi’s time to interview, she wiped her sweaty palms on her jeans then confidently spoke to the “talent scout”. He started asking questions and then interrupted himself to start gushing about how nicely spaced her eyes were.  He remarked that her lips were perfectly full and that her bone structure was just marvelous.  And her glorious red hair…it was just to die for.    He was positive that with her looks, she would be asked to come back on Monday. 

Mimi was glowing when we headed off to the next step.   Mimi was ready to read into the camera.  She started off with a great smile and attitude.  Then she rapidly read her lines.  The person filming her told her it was great, if a little too quick.  Then she started writing something down on Mimi’s form.  Something that took a minute or two and hadn’t been done on anyone else’s form.  Then we were given a packet to read and asked to call on Monday to see what the results were.  Despite the fact that Mimi burst into tear the moment we entered the elevator to head down, she was so excited all weekend.  She felt beautiful and confident because of what they had told her.  (Apparently it means so much more coming from strangers) 

Because of a little niggly feeling in the back of my head, I decided to do a bit of research on the company.  It turned out that this company was really a “school” that taught students how to act…for a huge fee.  To make it even worse, there didn’t seem to be a very high success rate.  It was really hard to break the news to our girl that this seemed to be nothing more than a big scam.  She so wanted to believe that they would make her famous. 

Just to see, I went ahead and called during the specified time this afternoon.  (Mimi called from school to make sure I wouldn’t forget!)  I was once again told how beautiful my child was and told that the screening looked really good.  Mimi was definitely on the call back list. 

We chatted for a moment until I mentioned once again that Mimi really wanted to know the results of the Disney audition.  I was tersely told that the films had been sent to LA and they had no more do with that.  The Disney folks would call anyone that caught their eye.  I started asking the woman on the phone a few tougher questions about the company.  She got huffy and stated that she didn’t think we were a good fit.  I guess she no longer had time for me as I wasn’t dumb enough or blinded by my child’s talent enough to fall for the scam.

Mimi was thrilled that she had made the call back list (we found out later that someone we know did this, but she didn’t make the call back list) and once more basked in the words of her poise and beauty.  Of course, she was disappointed that she wouldn’t be starring on Hannah Montana anytime soon (she had already decided that she wouldn’t dump her friends when she was famous) but she pretty much understood. 

Mimi is still determined to become a famous actress though…she’s not sure how she’s going to do it, but it has to happen.  After all…she is a beauty, even if she does talk too fast.  

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11 Responses to The Audition

  1. Gracey says:

    What a cute but disappointing story! She sure took the initiative to get out there–that is really impressive. Would she do auditions for commercials? I think that is where alot of kid actors start off with.

  2. Mom says:

    So sorry Meggie! I was afraid that would happen! But then if they really sent the film of the audition to someplace in Hollywood; maybe there is still a chance! Love mom

  3. Jay says:

    Well that’s it mom and dad. Pack up and move to Hollywood. You’ll be a stage mom in no time at all! Maybe an MTV Reality Show about making it in Hollywood is in your .. er .. her future!

    Good job finding out about the scam though. Lots of people get suckered in by people like that.

    Maybe people at Disney will call? You never know.

    Maybe she should start making her own audtion tapes and sending them to agents .. no, not agents .. to different studios and stuff? Couldn’t hurt!

    My neighbor is on her way to stardom. She’s been in almot every single play the local arts council has put on over the last two years. Singing, dancing and acting. Oh and nursing school too. Just in case, you know. She finished school next spring and is planning on moving to Los Angeles right after she graduates.

  4. mrs darling says:

    Companies like that should be shot. You dont go get kids hopes up like that. What meanies! I bet your daughter was just great!

  5. Ch3ll3 says:

    Ah, the hook ’em and take every penny they’ve got scam huh? Immoral asses!

    And of course it means more to be told you’re beautiful, smart, funny, etc if it comes from strangers. You’re her Mom! It’s your DEFAULT SETTINGto think she’s witty and talented and

  6. Ch3ll3 says:

    …argh! Silly tab button.

    As I was saying, as her Mom, you’re supposed to think she’s the cat’s pajamas. True validation will come when Mimi knows these things about herself WITHOUT needing a stranger to tell them to her. ;o)

  7. bardouble29 says:

    OHHHHH! I hate having to dissappoint lil ones. When mine was little she wanted to be a famous singer….got her little heart broken

  8. Kell says:

    Those companies were prevelant in San Antonio, too. I understand the allure, but they’re so incidious! And I don’t know why it always means more to us to hear from others good stuff. I take compliments from my family for granted because I just think of it as their job. Ch3ll3’s right, it’ll be great when Mimi knows these things about herself without being told by others.

  9. Annie says:

    Predators, those . . . but thanks to you, Mimi won’t be victimized. Your story points out the importance of good critical thinking and close scrutiny of offers that appear “too good”.

    You do have great storytelling skills; you had me on the edge of my seat.

  10. Newt says:

    You have such a great way of telling the stories of your lives. I love tuning in to hear whats going on.

  11. Tink says:

    One of my best friends growing up was convinced she was going to be a model. She was a beautiful girl… all 5’3″ and 120lbs of her. Not exactly what the talent sharks are looking for unfortunately. Her parents paid over a grand in modeling “classes” and professional pictures. Every time she went to an audition they told her she needed more classes. It was awful. I kept wishing someone would make her realize how much of a scam it all was.