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I made the little blonde girl cry She broke me and she did it without even remembering my name There is no fear like the fear of a young actress There is also nothing as transformative Upon my arrival to an audition that I wasnt qualified for and that I had to beg for my hands shook so violently that I couldnt read the words on the script the casting intern had handed me Standing in line next to five other girls who were older and prettier than me I was hardly breathing After a few moments of floundering the words came to me with what little passion and flair I could muster From that moment I knew it would be an uphill battle I got to sing It was perfect and I knew I was the best singer there I took my breath for the final note but the director raised his hand to me I froze In that instant I was slammed to the floor and all I could do was hold onto my last breath to keep from wilting Without looking up he said Caroline I know youre a good singer Maybe do it again and this time dont sing so loud and give the song some actual emotion My eyes stung as I reprised the number praying that I could keep my insecurity from announcing itself hoping that he would see in me what I felt I had to offer The other girls could smell my weakness and they looked at me with a sort of tragic pity and yet a patronizing smugness Last would be the choreography call I knew I wasnt a dancer and somehow they knew it too After a blur of warm-ups the choreographer asked us all leave the room and re-enter Upon our return we would
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