Everybody's Gotta Start Somewhere
Sometimes, when I imagine the lives of successful people I forget to imagine their lives before they found success. I mean, doesn't it just seem like Brad Pitt has had an incredibly charmed life and was always famous? I always forget that he supported himself in LA by driving strippers around and being a giant dancing chicken for El Pollo Loco. Or what about Elton John? Can you imagine him in high school? I wonder, sometimes, if Elton John even existed in high school. Sometimes, it seems like entertainers and athletes that live in this echelon of fame and greatness were created in laboratory pods and Model #18 was released to live in the general public after all the imperfections were eliminated? Like Cindy Crawford Model #1 was sent back because there was no beauty mark?
I was in a casting office this week and was reminded that everybody's gotta start somewhere. In this casting office there was a catalog of VHS audition tapes with people's names on them everywhere. I mean, there must have been hundreds. They were running a little behind, and I was getting a little bored, so I got up and started looking at the names on the tapes. I figured it couldn't hurt anything. Then I saw a tape that said AMANDA SEYFRIED and thought, "Wow, how cool! She must've sat in this very office not too long ago." Then I walked a little further and saw one that said, "ALEXANDER SKARSGARD" and thought, "He must've been in my shoes even more recently!" I turned a corner and found the N's and saw "CYNTHIA NIXON, ER" and just thought, "Whoa. Cynthia Nixon did this. Whoa."
Later that day, I saw a billboard of my friend Dane Dehaan (who is currently playing Jesse on HBO's In Treatment) when transferring trains in Times Square. Dane was a student at UNCSA like me when I met him, and I've witness all the hard work he has put in to find his success. What a perfect example for me to remember that success is partly blessing and a WHOLE LOTTA hard work.
So, everyone in this business starts somewhere. I try to remind myself of that on rough days, and just be thankful that I don't have to wear a chicken suit ala Brad Pitt or a Cookie Monster costume like Edie Falco.
--Jasmine Anne Osborne