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  1. #101
    Amy Stevens

    Amy felt incredibly excited and nervous about this audition. This was her big chance. She had to make things work. This had to be it. She had to get this role and do well in the movie. This was her first, and maybe only, chance to get a place in Hollywood. It was now or never.

    When the director came back with Martin Hayes, Amy felt her heart race. That was it. That was her chance. Be professional, Amy, be professional, she told herself silently. Taking a deep breath, Amy nodded in a greeting to Martin and smiled back. "Hello, Mister Hayes", she replied to his greeting. "It's a pleasure", she added politely, before taking another deep breath to calm herself down and walking to her spot on the set as soon as Martin had taken his.

    "Yes, sir", she replied when the director told her to run the scene with Martin.

    Once she was sure she was positioned correctly - a few steps behind the main actor, but not enough that the people watching the movie could notice -, Amy closed her eyes for a second and opened them again. She had acted before, at least enough to know that this position was the best to put Martin in evidence.

    "I know you do, Daniel. What I don't know is why you are sitting here with me, instead of going after her", she replied, beginning her part of the scene, in which she was supposed to play the supportive sister.

    Despite the fact that she was nervous, Amy had practiced enough with Gloria to know her part by heart, and it wasn't too hard to get in character and do her best. Sure, she wasn't as good as Martin Hayes - and she wasn't supposed to be. But she was at least good enough to look good on camera and say her lines in a convincing way.

    Once the scene was over, Amy didn't dare to move from her position, leaning forward and touching Martin's arm in a supportive way. She would have to wait for the director to cut the scene before moving, she knew that much.

  2. #102
    Scott Rodgers & Martin Hayes



    Martin could see Amy's nervousness, she wasn't a good enough actress to hide that. Not that he blamed her. He had been nervous as well, before he got his first big break. It was only natural to be nervous. Especially when an audition like this could mean the difference in your life. But Martin had been a top dog in Hollywood for a few years now. He wasn't nervous anymore. Hell, he didn't even have to audition very often for parts. Movie studios sent him scripts, wanting him in their movies.

    Although he was always kind to the young actors wanting to get their start. He had been in those shoes once and tried not to treat them like shit. Not like how some other top stars did. Kindness went further on the set.

    Scott studied Amy very carefully. This movie had been one Martin hadn't had to audition for. The script writer had written the part of Daniel with Martin in mind. Once Martin's agent had told them that Martin agreed to play the part, then they had sent out a casting call for the rest of the cast. Nancy was one of the last parts they had to fill. Scott knew the studio was paying a hefty salary for Martin Hayes. You had to get him in a movie, he was a top actor and commanded a high salary. He also knew that if Rich Porter sent a girl over for another role, they could usually cut a deal for her. Thus saving the studio some money.

    But he was the type of the director that wanted to make a good movie, not just money. He believed in the art form and wanted the best people possible to bring the story to life. Thankfully for Amy, she was meeting and exceeding his expectations. She wasn't drooling at Martin, always a good sign. And she and Martin were playing off each other very well.

    "Thank you, Nancy. I'm going to do it. I'm going to talk to her."

    Martin said as the scene ended.

    "Good job."

    Martin whispered to Amy and kissed her cheek. He ad libbed that part. It wasn't in the script but it felt like a natural ending to the scene for him. Scott stood up and clapped.

    "Emily, cancel the other auditions. We have found our Nancy."

    He said to Mrs Westerfield, who nodded her head. She had been standing next to Scott as he had watched the scene. She turned and left to do what he said. Scott smiled to Amy.

    "Miss Stevens, I will have Emily work up your contract for the movie and send it to Mister Porter's office. I truly hope you'll find the terms acceptable and we can make a beautiful movie together."

  3. #103
    Amy Stevens

    Amy felt her heart race, and her stomach tighten as she prepared to start the audition. She took several deep breaths, kowing that she had to stay calm enough to make her voice audible. This wasn't her first audition, of course. But it was her first audition to the silver screen, and there was too much at stake.

    While Amy knew that not getting a part wasn't the end of the world - or the end of a career -, she also knew that, if she failed too badly, she would never get another role. Word got out quickly in Hollywood, about anything at all. Even she, who was still outside the business, knew a lot of local gossip. Someone had been caught sleeping with a married producer, and blacklisted. That other girl had 'gotten in trouble' and had to find a back alley doctor to 'fix' it. That actor had slept with another man for a role. There was a lot that went around. And Amy didn't want her name to go around as the girl who couldn't speak during an audition.

    Lucky for Amy, Martin Hayes seemed to be a good guy, and he managed to put her at ease. His little kiss on her cheek at the end of the scene was comforting as well. While she wasn't attracted to him, Amy still felt very grateful that Martin was being so nice.

    Once the scene was cut, Amy relaxed, breaking character and turning to Scott with an anxious expression.

    When the man said they had found their Nancy, Amy started crying very quietly. This was finally her break. Taking a deep breath, Amy nodded at the man's words. "T-thank you, sir", she replied, a bit calmer. "I'm sure the terms will be acceptable". She turned to Martin then. "Thank you, Mr. Hayes", she added, waiting to see if there was something else to be said at the moment. All she wanted, now, was to go back to the motel and tell Gloria the good news.

  4. #104
    Scott Rodgers & Martin Hayes



    No matter how nervous Amy had been, she had hid it well. And she had impressed Scott with the scene. She wasn't a seasoned actress, but she had a good chemistry with Martin. And she had gotten into the character well. He had believed the scene and thought a future audience would as well. Yes, he was definitely willing to pay whatever Rich would want for her to be in the movie.

    "You're welcome, Miss Stevens. We'll be in touch and welcome aboard."

    Emily was already going to draft up the contract. It would be at Rich's office before the end of the day. Martin smiled at Amy.

    "You're welcome, but please, call me Martin."

    He told her in a friendly matter. For a famous actor, he didn't have an air of being better then her about him. He seemed like a pretty normal guy. That was the persona Martin pulled off. The public responded better to an actor who didn't act like he was better then them. Scott had one of the security guards show Amy out of the set. During that Martin met up with his bodyguard, Paul Weston, to go out for lunch. Martin waved to Amy as he got into Paul's car.

    "Have a good day, Amy."

    He told her with a smile. Already on a first name basis with his new co-star.

  5. #105
    Amy Stevens

    Amy was incredibly relieved now. The scene was over, and she had done well. That was always a good thing. Even if she had done horribly, it would at least be done and over with. But she had gotten lucky enough to find a good director and a good actor to work off of. Having worked before, Amy knew how important the other person sharing the stage with you was.

    "Thank you again, sir", she replied to the director, feeling more relaxed now.

    She smiled to Martin and nodded. "All right, Martin, thanks", she replied, taking a deep breath to collect herself before following the security guard out of the set. She thanked the man too, and waved back to Martin. "You too, Martin", she replied to him, before making her way out on the street and taking a long and deep breath. "Thank God!", she murmured to herself, before making her way to the nearest bus stop. She had yet to make it to where she wouldn't need to ride the bus anymore, after all.

    As soon as Amy got back to the motel she was calling home for now, she greeted the landlady politely and asked for her keys, before asking whether or not Gloria was in. Once hearing she was, Amy went in her room just to leave her purse and take off her shoes, and knocked on Gloria's door. As soon as her friend opened, Amy let out an excited exclamation. "We did it! We got the part!", she exclaimed. "It would never have happened without your help", Amy added sincerely.

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