Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it!” I am so glad I have a kid who can dream. Courtney had an assignment for her freshman English class. It was a mini version of their senior project. They had to do a research project on their chosen career field. Being that she is in talented theater, she of course chose acting. One of the requirements was an interview. Through a series of phone calls trying to line up an interview, we were faced with a possible interview with Gerard Butler. She was so excited, but sadly it fell through. She did however get to interview a casting director.
On Thursday, February 24, 2011 Courtney took the first step in making her dreams come true. She sat down to interview Ryan Glorioso from Glorioso Casting. Ryan was great. He made Courtney very comfortable even though she was terribly nervous. He answered her questions with candor and made her laugh. Ryan didn’t promise her a career in acting, but he did steer her in the right direction. He told her how to go about getting an agent, and that is currently in the works. He also made her realize that acting is just one part of the film industry. She is now very interested in learning about all the other aspects of film making. He told her that to get into casting an internship is the way to go. Then he did the most amazing thing, he asked how old she was. She told him she turned fifteen the day before. He looked at her and said, “Well, when you start driving , Call me!” There was no promise of a job offer, but I think he was impressed that a fifteen year old freshman had drive, ambition, and intelligent questions.
Ryan told her to drive by the new Millennium Studios they are building in downtown Shreveport. Courtney took pictures to record the building of her future work place. With her passion and determination, I see she really could be filming there someday. Hopefully someday sooner rather than later.
Courtney is now one step closer to making her dreams a reality. She knows that an acting career is not an easy path, but she also knows that she has options. She had not gotten a birthday present, because we thought she would be taking driver’s ed. She is getting headshots for her birthday. Ryan said that is the only thing she should be paying for when she signs with an agent. No upfront fees. No showcase scams. Nice headshots and let the roles come … That is the dream. That will be what she does. One day that is the reality!