A few years ago a huge dream came true for me- I was cast in a Cartoon Network pilot created by Sean Szeles called The Royals. It was especially exciting because when I read for the character of Alex, he just really clicked with me- and I wanted that part really really bad.
Now… this is a dangerous prospect, as I try my best to audition and forget about it- when I want a part too much, it can sting pretty bad when the opportunity is lost.
In this case though, it went better than I dreamed!!
I drove down to Los Angeles for the session, and admittedly, it was a bit intimidating to be in a room with so many amazing actors. Wes Gleason directed us and with such a group, it was a lot of fun!
I did my best to remain calm and remind myself that I belonged there as much as anyone else…. it was so much fun- and a fantastic learning experience.
After the session I had all kinds of emotions- sometimes when something you’ve wanted for so long finally happens, it can be overwhelming. Just getting the Cartoon Network parking permit was thrilling to me!!
It was a very memorable day also because Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead won Game of The Year at the VGA’s and I got to celebrate it all with my fantastic LA agent, Izzy– and my sister in Simlish, Becky. I was floating on clouds, and pinching myself to make sure it was all still real. I was so thankful for the support and the sincere excitement they shared with me. Such a day!!!
I knew that with a pilot there is always the possibility that it won’t be picked up- and if it were to be picked up, there is no guarantee that I would still play my part- in a world of celebrity voice actors, it was very possible that “little old me” may lose my chance…. but I decided that was something I had to let go. I just needed to relish the moment and the achievement that I worked for years and years to attain.
I was patient. I put it out of my mind. Ok… I tried to…
The animators had to animate, the editors had to edit. Decisions were to be made, and I had to keep focused and moving forward to the next opportunity.
I found out a few months ago that the show was not picked up- and it made me pretty sad. I didn’t think I would have the chance to see the finished product, so I- once again- tried to put it out of my mind….
Another one of my wonderful Sims cast members, Bill Salyers– who plays “Rigby”, the ‘one cheek wonder’ on Cartoon Network’s Regular Show, left me a surprise on Facebook this morning- and it was just what I needed… a link to the pilot!!
I play the exuberantly mischievous little boy, Alex- and I had a blast!
So without any further ado… Long Live the Royals!!
I am hugely thankful to WME and to Isabel Arias for this opportunity- I thought it was gone forever and I’m over the moon to see the finished short. I hope you enjoy watching as much as I had fun playing!