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* An urban legend claims that this is how Creator/JohnnyDepp's career launched: He was driving his buddy Creator/JackieEarleHaley to an audition when Creator/WesCraven saw him and asked him to do Nightmare. [[Film/EdwardScissorhands The]] [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean rest]] [[WesternAnimation/CorpseBride is]] [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory history.]] Jackie Earle Haley himself says that [[http://www.hitfix.com/articles/2010-4-26-jackie-earle-haley-says-freddy-krueger-makeup-worse-than-going-to-the-dentist isn't true]] and has no idea how that rumor got started.

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* An urban legend claims that this is how Creator/JohnnyDepp's career launched: He was driving his buddy Creator/JackieEarleHaley to an audition when Creator/WesCraven saw him and asked him to do Nightmare.'Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984''. [[Film/EdwardScissorhands The]] [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean rest]] [[WesternAnimation/CorpseBride is]] [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory history.]] Jackie Earle Haley himself says that [[http://www.hitfix.com/articles/2010-4-26-jackie-earle-haley-says-freddy-krueger-makeup-worse-than-going-to-the-dentist isn't true]] and has no idea how that rumor got started.



* R Lee Ermey was previously in the military and was on the set of ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' just as a consultant. After seeing a tape of Ermey chewing out the extras as part of a demonstration, he immediately recast the role of Sgt Hartmann with Ermey.

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* R Lee Ermey Creator/RLeeErmey was previously in the military and was on the set of ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' just as a consultant. After seeing a tape of Ermey chewing out the extras as part of a demonstration, he immediately recast the role of Sgt Hartmann with Ermey.


** There's a similar story about Creator/MelGibson - his friend was auditioning for ''Film/MadMax'', and Mel was just his ride, but, owing to the fact that he'd been in a barfight the previous night, Mel was pretty bruised and messed up, which got him an audition of his own since it fit with the theme.

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** There's a similar story about Creator/MelGibson - his friend was auditioning for ''Film/MadMax'', ''Film/MadMax1'', and Mel was just his ride, but, owing to the fact that he'd been in a barfight the previous night, Mel was pretty bruised and messed up, which got him an audition of his own since it fit with the theme.


* Gene Simmons--a.k.a. "The Demon"--from Music/{{KISS}} tells the story of the band's rise to stardom and the famous fire-breathing bit. He notes that when asked who wanted to learn how to do it, he got picked because he was the only one who didn't jump at the opportunity.
** Gene getting his fire-breathing gimmick was more of a GotVolunteered. Their manager, Bill Aucoin, brought a magician in to demonstrate it, then asked which of them wanted to do it in their shows. The other guys said, "Not me!", and Gene got stuck with it.


* Christine "Moose" [=McGlade=] went to a Canadian TV audition only to support a friend only to become one of the stars of ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision''.

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* Christine "Moose" [=McGlade=] went to a Canadian TV audition only to support a friend only to become one of the stars of ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision''.''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision''.



** MichaelClarkeDuncan was bodyguard of BruceWillis, and was hired when accompanying him to the set of ''Film/{{Armageddon}}''.

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** MichaelClarkeDuncan Creator/MichaelClarkeDuncan was bodyguard of BruceWillis, Creator/BruceWillis, and was hired when accompanying him to the set of ''Film/{{Armageddon}}''.


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* Originally, Creator/GeorgeLucas wanted to hire new talent for the PowerTrio of [[Film/ANewHope the first]] ''Franchise/StarWars'' movie, and had no intention of reusing actors from his previous film, ''Film/AmericanGraffiti''. Still, he had Creator/HarrisonFord tag along as a line reader, and his performance bantering against the auditionees convinced Lucas to cast him as Han Solo. The rest, as they say, is history.


* Gene Simmons--a.k.a. "The Demon"--from {{KISS}} tells the story of the band's rise to stardom and the famous fire-breathing bit. He notes that when asked who wanted to learn how to do it, he got picked because he was the only one who didn't jump at the opportunity.

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* Gene Simmons--a.k.a. "The Demon"--from {{KISS}} Music/{{KISS}} tells the story of the band's rise to stardom and the famous fire-breathing bit. He notes that when asked who wanted to learn how to do it, he got picked because he was the only one who didn't jump at the opportunity.


** ''Series/AmericanIdol'' winner David Cook went along with his brother to cheer for him as he auditioned. Obviously, it didn't go so well for his brother.

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** Gene getting his fire-breathing gimmick was more of a GotVolunteered. Their manager, Bill Aucoin, brought a magician in to demonstrate it, then asked which of them wanted to do it in their shows. The other guys said, "Not me!", and Gene got stuck with it.
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''Series/AmericanIdol'' winner David Cook went along with his brother to cheer for him as he auditioned. Obviously, it didn't go so well for his brother.


* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold!'' did something similar, with Stinky sitting out an audition for a soda commercial and cheering Arnold on, but the powers that be end up rejecting ''every single auditioner'' and pick Stinky. Of course, [[{{Celebrity is overrated}} there's a reason behind that]]. (And they would do it again with Helga, the only kid in class who doesn't want to try out for modeling, ending up getting picked by a model scout over those who actually wanted to get the job.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold!'' ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' did something similar, with Stinky sitting out an audition for a soda commercial and cheering Arnold on, but the powers that be end up rejecting ''every single auditioner'' and pick Stinky. Of course, [[{{Celebrity is overrated}} there's a reason behind that]]. (And they would do it again with Helga, the only kid in class who doesn't want to try out for modeling, ending up getting picked by a model scout over those who actually wanted to get the job.)



* ''TheWeekenders'', "Talent Show": Lor TheDitz has been selected for a local talent show with an act involving her playing guitar and singing "Home on the Range", yet artistic girl genius Tish, with a dulcimer act, wasn't. The snub is never explained, but may have something to do with the CrackDefeat at the end. What's more is that Lor has a bad habit of getting the lyrics wrong and she was still picked.

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* ''TheWeekenders'', ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'', "Talent Show": Lor TheDitz has been selected for a local talent show with an act involving her playing guitar and singing "Home on the Range", yet artistic girl genius Tish, with a dulcimer act, wasn't. The snub is never explained, but may have something to do with the CrackDefeat at the end. What's more is that Lor has a bad habit of getting the lyrics wrong and she was still picked.


* In ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' when auditioning cheerleaders for a student film, none of the potential actresses are chosen. Roxie gives a sarcastic audition and gets chosen.
--> '''Roxie:''' I guess all those years of making fun of cheerleaders finally paid off.




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* Parodied with a talent skit on ''Series/TheAmandaShow''. The first two contestants whose lame talents are balancing a hat on his head and pouring salt on an egg respectively, get standing ovations. The third, a girl who pulls off some impressive gymnastics, gets the lowest score.


* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'', when Caitlin wanted to apply for a job at [[BlandNameProduct Albatross & Finch]], Jonesy comes along for moral support. She gets passed over in favour of [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs Jonesy]] for his blase attitude.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'', when Caitlin wanted to apply for a job at [[BlandNameProduct Albatross & Finch]], Jonesy comes along for moral support. She gets passed over in favour of [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs Jonesy]] Jonesy for his blase attitude.


* In an episode of ''Series/SheSpies,'' one of the girls has to go undercover as a model. D.D., who is excited about it, auditions first. Cassie, who finds the whole idea of modelling revolting, makes her disgust obvious. Of course, [[SarcasmMode since all models are cold, bitchy, and rude,]] Cassie wins by a landslide.
* In an episode of ''Series/TwoOfAKind'' modelling auditions are held at school. Ashley, who is an avid fan, doesn't make the cut. Mary-Kate does with a sarcastic tryout. It then gets subverted when it's revealed that Mary-Kate does have a secret love of modelling. Subverted even further when Mary-Kate easily persuades the photographer to let Ashley pose with her in some of the pictures. The twin thing probably helped.

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* In an episode of ''Series/SheSpies,'' one of the girls has to go undercover as a model. D.D., who is excited about it, auditions first. Cassie, who finds the whole idea of modelling modeling revolting, makes her disgust obvious. Of course, [[SarcasmMode since all models are cold, bitchy, and rude,]] Cassie wins by a landslide.
* In an episode of ''Series/TwoOfAKind'' modelling modeling auditions are held at school. Ashley, who is an avid fan, doesn't make the cut. Mary-Kate does with a sarcastic tryout. It then gets subverted when it's revealed that Mary-Kate does have a secret love of modelling.modeling. Subverted even further when Mary-Kate easily persuades the photographer to let Ashley pose with her in some of the pictures. The twin thing probably helped.


* In ''{{Sixteen}}'', when Caitlin wanted to apply for a job at [[BlandNameProduct Albatross & Finch]], Jonesy comes along for moral support. She gets passed over in favour of [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs Jonesy]] for his blase attitude.
* ''HeyArnold!'' did something similar, with Stinky sitting out an audition for a soda commercial and cheering Arnold on, but the powers that be end up rejecting ''every single auditioner'' and pick Stinky. Of course, [[{{Celebrity is overrated}} there's a reason behind that]]. (And they would do it again with Helga, the only kid in class who doesn't want to try out for modeling, ending up getting picked by a model scout over those who actually wanted to get the job.)

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* In ''{{Sixteen}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'', when Caitlin wanted to apply for a job at [[BlandNameProduct Albatross & Finch]], Jonesy comes along for moral support. She gets passed over in favour of [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs Jonesy]] for his blase attitude.
* ''HeyArnold!'' ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold!'' did something similar, with Stinky sitting out an audition for a soda commercial and cheering Arnold on, but the powers that be end up rejecting ''every single auditioner'' and pick Stinky. Of course, [[{{Celebrity is overrated}} there's a reason behind that]]. (And they would do it again with Helga, the only kid in class who doesn't want to try out for modeling, ending up getting picked by a model scout over those who actually wanted to get the job.)



* ''KimPossible'', "Job Unfair" does it with a twist: At a career fair, Ron and Kim get assigned jobs. One of them gets secret agent... which bewilders Kim, since she got janitor. It turns out that the janitor acting as her mentor was trying to teach her to deactivate a weather machine and was also Ron's mentor.
* ''TheSimpsons''; A flashback scene shows that Sideshow Bob got his job as Krusty's right-hand man during his brother Cecil's failed audition - waiting offstage, aloof in a three-piece suit, Krusty threw a pie at him to show that "pie takes are only funny if the sap's got dignity", and was so amused by his reaction that he hired him.

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* ''KimPossible'', ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', "Job Unfair" does it with a twist: At a career fair, Ron and Kim get assigned jobs. One of them gets secret agent... which bewilders Kim, since she got janitor. It turns out that the janitor acting as her mentor was trying to teach her to deactivate a weather machine and was also Ron's mentor.
* ''TheSimpsons''; ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''; A flashback scene shows that Sideshow Bob got his job as Krusty's right-hand man during his brother Cecil's failed audition - waiting offstage, aloof in a three-piece suit, Krusty threw a pie at him to show that "pie takes are only funny if the sap's got dignity", and was so amused by his reaction that he hired him.



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* In the Emma Watson version of ''Literature/BalletShoes'', Petrova gets the part of Mustard Seed in ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' over the far more talented Winifred - because the directors are in a rush and Winifred is late to the audition. In the book she gets a starring role over Winifred again - only because her adoptive sister Pauline is playing her character's brother, so it's more convenient to cast her as the sister. Likewise Winifred strikes out earlier in the book when she and Pauline are up for the part of [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice]]. Winifred is recognised as the solid all-rounder of acting, dancing and singing while Pauline is good at acting but merely competent at the rest. Pauline gets the role because she "looks right" whereas it's said that Winifred looks shabby at auditions due to how poor her family are.




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* In an episode of ''Series/TwoOfAKind'' modelling auditions are held at school. Ashley, who is an avid fan, doesn't make the cut. Mary-Kate does with a sarcastic tryout. It then gets subverted when it's revealed that Mary-Kate does have a secret love of modelling. Subverted even further when Mary-Kate easily persuades the photographer to let Ashley pose with her in some of the pictures. The twin thing probably helped.
* Shown in the TV documentary ''The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family''. Brother and sister Zak and Saraya both try out for WWE. Zak has been wanting to be a wrestler since he was thirteen years old. Saraya meanwhile only fell into it and trained for fun. Saraya is hired immediately and goes onto become WWE Diva {{Wrestling/Paige}} - first ever NXT Women's Champion.



* ''TheWeekenders'', "Talent Show": Lor TheDitz has been selected for a local talent show with an act involving her playing guitar and singing "Home on the Range", yet artistic girl genius Tish, with a dulcimer act, wasn't. The snub is never explained, but may have something to do with the CrackDefeat at the end.

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* ''TheWeekenders'', "Talent Show": Lor TheDitz has been selected for a local talent show with an act involving her playing guitar and singing "Home on the Range", yet artistic girl genius Tish, with a dulcimer act, wasn't. The snub is never explained, but may have something to do with the CrackDefeat at the end.
end. What's more is that Lor has a bad habit of getting the lyrics wrong and she was still picked.


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* Creator/SarahBolger never intended to audition for ''Film/InAmerica''. Her sister Emma read for the part of Ariel and then insisted Jim Sheridan meet Sarah, who was outside waiting in the car. Upon meeting her, she was immediately cast and it became a StarMakingRole for her - leading to prominent roles in ''Film/TheSpiderwickChronicles'', ''Series/TheTudors'' and ''Series/OnceUponATime''.
* WWE Diva {{Wrestling/Ivory}} was dragged to an audition by a friend and had very little idea what she was actually auditioning for. The project? ''{{Wrestling/GLOW}}''. Roughly ten years later Ivory was a 3-time WWE Women's Champion and her friend left wrestling after ''GLOW'''s cancellation.
* R Lee Ermey was previously in the military and was on the set of ''Film/FullMetalJacket'' just as a consultant. After seeing a tape of Ermey chewing out the extras as part of a demonstration, he immediately recast the role of Sgt Hartmann with Ermey.
* Geri Halliwell was the last one of the Music/SpiceGirls chosen. She missed the first set of auditions and turned up on the second set, with barely any idea what she was auditioning for. She of course was chosen and became the EnsembleDarkhorse. This did come to bite her in the ass however as, according to Victoria Beckham, she was the only one of the girls who wasn't a trained dancer - so she was frequently struggling to keep up with them.


* ''{{Saved by the Bell}}'': Zack receives a 1500 SAT score and is accepted by Stansbury (an obvious ShoutOut to Stanford) ahead of straight A student Jesse, who had 1205 on hers (the exact opposite, of course, of criteria that many colleges and universities use for judging "overachievers" and "underachievers").
* ''{{The Fresh Prince of Bel Air}}'': Will and his [[OldFriend never-seen-before-or-since comedian friend]] go to an interview for a comedy club. Will gets the gig by accident (then bombs leading to AnAesop).

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* ''{{Saved ''Series/{{Saved by the Bell}}'': Zack receives a 1500 SAT score and is accepted by Stansbury (an obvious ShoutOut to Stanford) ahead of straight A student Jesse, who had 1205 on hers (the exact opposite, of course, of criteria that many colleges and universities use for judging "overachievers" and "underachievers").
* ''{{The ''Series/{{The Fresh Prince of Bel Air}}'': Will and his [[OldFriend never-seen-before-or-since comedian friend]] go to an interview for a comedy club. Will gets the gig by accident (then bombs leading to AnAesop).

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