“Knock, knock? Is this where I’m supposed to be?”
Yes. Hi, come on in. Have a seat. I’m Elizabeth.
“Whitney Hall. It’s nice to meet you. I brought headshots and…do you mind if I say this doesn’t look like any audition I’ve been on before? I expected to see more people waiting.”
Oh, well. This is more of an interview than audition.
“Interview? Like for an agency?”
Sure. We can go with that for now. Why don’t we start off with you telling me a little about yourself.
“Okay. Well, like I said, I’m Whitney Hall. I came to L.A. for college and have stayed since. I love acting–theater has been a big part of my life basically since I was born. And–”
Hang on. Tell me a little about that. You were a child actress?
“It’s not that impressive. I’m from Gilead, Kansas. You won’t have heard of it. But our town–and the Bible college there–put on a big Passion Play at Easter every year. I don’t think you can live in Gilead and not be part of it. You sure can’t if you’re in my family. So I grew up doing that. My senior year of high school I got to be one of the angels at the tomb. That was my first real speaking role. I also did some of the backstage stuff, but it’s not nearly as exciting as being out under the lights.”
Sounds exciting. Why did you leave?
“Well. I mean. It’s Kansas. No one makes it big when they stay in Kansas.”
I guess I can see that. So, you’ve been in L.A. looking for your big break?
“Yep. I know it takes time and I have to pay my dues and all of that. I’m willing to do that. I just need someone to give me a chance and get my foot in the door. Are you sure this isn’t an audition?”
Right now it’s more of a conversation. Why? Do you have somewhere to be?
“Sort of? I’m watching a friend’s three year old. He’s with my neighbor and I really don’t like to do that for too long. She’s great–he’s in good hands–but he’s not her responsibility, you know?”
He’s not yours, either.
“Oh, well. I told Shelby Ann I’d keep him while she went on one of her long hikes. She likes to get away and get in tune with nature. Something about realigning something or other. Honestly, I tend to tune that part out. I like having Beckett though. I know I’m the only exposure he gets to Jesus and he soaks it up. He loves reading the Bible story book I have and singing. I pray for the two of them a lot…and that’s probably too much Jesus talk for Hollywood. I’m sorry.”
Don’t apologize. I’m a big fan of Jesus talk. You’re not worried about balancing a Hollywood career and your faith?
“Well. A little. I figure God will show me how to do it though.”
Is that your phone?
“I’m so sorry. I thought I put it on silent.”
You can go ahead and check it. That’s fine.
“Oh, no. I wouldn’t want to–”
It’s okay. It might be about the boy. Beckett?
“Right. Thank you. Hello? This is…what? No. Of course. Yes. Sure. Okay. Goodbye.”
“No. I need to go. I’m sorry. There’s a possibility that Shelby Ann had an accident and I have to–I have to go.”
What will happen to Beckett?
“I’m going to do whatever it takes to keep him safe.”
Won’t that be interesting.
You can read more about how Whitney goes about that in The Billionaire’s Nanny.
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Whitney was pretty quick to get out of Kansas to chase the bright lights of Hollywood. Have you ever relocated to chase a dream? Or, if not, what would it take for you to decide to relocate? Or (lots of options, lol) if you could relocate anywhere in the world, where would you go?