In 1989 The All New Mickey Mouse Club aired for the first time. The MGM Studios at Walt Disney World had just opened and I was so excited. I wanted to go to Disney but after that I really wanted to go! I also wanted to audition to be part of what I saw. I saw the cast and felt a couple of things… #1. if they can do it so can I and #2. I feel like I would fit right in with everyone. I remember the feeling I had as I watched in awe, these kids my age doing what I loved to do, on national tv, and to top it off they got paid for it! How awesome! I was instantly hooked (probably due to my Broadway dreams as a child). I didn’t have the Disney Channel for the first two seasons because it was a pay channel, but I was glued to the TV for their free preview weekends they used to have a couple times a year. I begged my grandparents to get Disney and they finally did for a while till I stopped watching, which was sometime during the 5th season.
When they held auditions for the 4th season I tried my hardest to convince my grandparents to drive me to Chicago. They said no because it was too far away for them to drive (I convinced myself that if I had younger parents they would have taken me… lol… ah the mind of a 12/13 year old). Now I am not sure what would have happened if I would have auditioned, I may or may not have made it. The talent on there was superb and I don’t think I was quite at that caliber. Still, never knowing has always bothered me, which I think is apparent by this blog… lol.
|I bought my Mouse Ears with my name sewn in the back in 2000, and it wasn’t till 2007 that I realized I had not taken a picture with them. (gotta love the super big cheesy grin! LOL!)|