The aspiring actor stood smiling nervously before a panel of production personnel. A few minutes later, another person stood in the same tape-marked spot on the floor, smiling nervously before the panel. They all were hoping for a “call back” — the entertainment industry’s second interview.
In the audition room at the Holiday Inn, one actor was finished.
“Thank you,” intoned the panel, including director Giorgio Serafini and Vice President of production Glen Cole, as 44-year-old audition hopeful Rich Gray was shown the door.
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“I’ve never done that before, it was completely spontaneous. If it works out, great. If not, I had no expectations,” Gray said.
The process repeated throughout the day as a professional actor, a musician, a guy who “heard something from someone” and a little ballet dancer all took a shot at stardom during the casting call for Sanborn Studios’ project, “Miami 24/7,” described by CEO Ken Sanborn as an action-adventure with a bit of humor about television news helicopters.
“We’re casting a couple of major speaking parts,” Sanborn said. “A television news anchor and an aircraft mechanic.” Other roles for extras were being cast as well, as Sanborn explained that everyone who would be seen in the film would be a person with a contract.
Several of the personnel helping with the auditions were interns from local schools, said executive project manager Danna Warning. Students from Out-of-Door Academy, Booker and Full Sail in Orlando were involved in the casting call, she said.
During one audition, Serafini smiled with delight as 4-year-old ballet dancer Sophia Rogers smiled and held a whiteboard with her name and audition number written on it in black ink.
After a few questions and laughter all around, Sophia skipped into her parents’ arms, waved and said goodbye. A room full of actors with dreams of stardom waited for their chance in the next room. If they don’t succeed, they might get another chance.
“We’ll be casting more projects in the future,” Sanborn said.