I was in front of three judgmental judges, which makes sense. I took a nervous gulp and started singing and dancing. I was auditioning for Broadway’s show, Aladdin. The music played and I sang,
“A whole new world
A dazzling place I never knew
But when I’m way up here, it’s crystal clear
That now I’m in a whole new world with you,”
They weren’t amused, there faces didn’t move through out the whole song. They cut me off before I could continue and told me they would be in touch. I got my stuff off the ground when the one and only Kristen Chenoweth. She was also auditioning for Jasmine and the judges absolutely loved her. I swore I was cursed.
It had been a month since I auditioned and no call from them. I went through the stages of no calls. First there was depression, anger, confusion, and acceptance. I had been staring at my phone nonstop for three hours thinking I might miss a call.
I was talking to my roommate, Lilah, who was worried about my well being when my phone rang. I looked at my phone and realized it was the musical. I freaked out and asked Lilah what I should do. She answered, “Well answer it dummy!” I swiped and spoke to the person on the line. The call finished and Lilah asked what they said. The answer was that I got a callback and only had two other people to go against.
Six months later it was opening night and the room was abuzz. I sat in the front row of the auditorium. I didn’t get the part, but I decided to see what could have been. The lights dimmed and the room went radio silent. The curtains opened and the show commenced.
The show finished and Kristen was brilliant. I couldn’t blame the director for picking her. It was for the better of the show. I was allowed backstage afterwards for almost getting the job. I accidentally bumped into Kristen and I apologized profusely. She recognized me and said I had one of the best voices she had ever heard. I asked her where she heard me and she said the director showed her my audition video for pointers and that if I was more famous, I would have gotten the job. Ever since, Kristen and I have been friends and have defended each other on different topics. Auditioning for Aladdin was the best decision of my life. Ever since I have starred in many A list movies and am a household name. If I had never met Kristen I never would have gained my confidence back. We sang duets together and share a bond that is unbreakable.