By K. Parmeley

If you were to run into me on the street, you might think that you know me or recognize me from somewhere. Well, you do. You’ve seen me in a few notable films. I was flight attendant number four in Sully . If you blinked too fast you might have missed the close-up of me prepping the food cart before departure. In Gone Girl , I portrayed a concerned neighbor at the candlelight vigil and in The Wolf of Wall Street I was one of the bathing suit beauties strategically placed on the yacht.


My name is Kat and I’m a “C-list” actress. I’m known by face, not by name. I’m still good at my craft, but I receive less recognition. As such, I’m always looking to boost my profile within the industry. The more you work, the more exposure you get.


Early this year, my agent brought to my attention a straight-to-Netflix production that was casting for several lead roles. A Money Launderer’s Tale is based on the Matt Leatherwood novel Complicity in Heels and is set to begin filming at the beginning of the year.


I was given a street address where the open call was to be held, along with a tentative script. I looked over the dialogue and identified Nikki Frank as the role I wanted to audition for.


The Night Before

My friend Trevor had already booked a room at the hotel where the open call was being held. When I arrived, he was waiting for me with dinner in hand, a freshly typed script and a gallon of water so that I could properly hydrate. We ran lines together for a few hours, did some yoga to relax and then retired for the evening.


Day of the Audition

The casting crew for A Money Launderer’s Tale emerged from the hotel ballroom at precisely 9 a.m. Along with fifty other women, I was directed to an adjacent meeting room to read for the role of Nikki. There were fifteen people ahead of me. I continued to run lines, utilizing the Rehearsal App on my phone. Trevor had taken the liberty of highlighting the script and recording the dialogue so I could use the automation feature to interact with the scene over and over. I broke periodically to visualize myself entering the room and performing the scene with confidence.


A Brief Encounter with Matt Leatherwood

The auditions began around 10 a.m. and the line started to move forward. Before I knew it, I had rounded the corner and was right behind the door. Next to me stood Complicity in Heels author Matt Leatherwood. He smiled and handed me a printed copy of the scene to be read. I glanced over it to make sure nothing had changed. It hadn’t. Seconds later, I heard my name called. The door opened. Matt wished me good luck and I stepped inside the room.


The Audition

I found my mark on the floor so the casting director and everyone in the room could see me clearly.


“From the top,” he announced. “Complicity in Heels , chapter twenty-five, page 196.”


I took a deep breath.


“Head over to the dollar store,” a fellow actor began.


“A dollar store?”


“Just do it. Got it?”


I flashed a twisted grin.


“Keep it running.”


“Oh, no!” I responded, placing my hands on my hips for emphasis. “You are not about to turn this into a Lifetime movie. Too many women are sitting in the pen right now because somebody said, ‘Keep it running.’”


“Suit yourself.”


“I most certainly will.”


A bell instantly chimed, letting me know my time was up. “Thank you,” the director said. “Please exit to the left.”


The Results

A week later I was notified that I would not be receiving a role in A Money Launderer’s Tale . Yes, I’m disappointed. I felt I was totally on my game and had lit up the room with my acting skill. However, more often than not this just isn’t enough. In an industry where you can be cut for being too short or too pretty, or for reminding the producer of the sister he hates, it’s the nature of the business.


I’ll continue going on auditions and striving to perfect my craft. And who knows? You may even see me back on the big screen in next summer’s blockbuster. Until then.


Below is a list of the final cast.

Nikki Frank…………………………………K.D. Aubert
Spence Taylor …………………………….Owen Wilson
Gemini Cordoza…………………………George Clooney
Willard………………………………………Adam Godley
Lacey Johnson..................................Abby Brammell
Harlan Fisk………………………………..Michael Emerson
Victor Patrone..................................Joaquim de Almeida
Tony Chen…………………………………Russell Wong
Quinn………………………………………..Joseph Antonio Cartagena
Lieutenant Bosky………………………Steve Buscemi
Detective J.T. Mallorca………………Terry Crews
Sergeant Twine…………………………Dennis Franz
Officer Hardy……………………………Will Estes
Emma Daniel…………………………….Meghan Markle
Special Agent K. Bolston……………Kelly Hu


Cast Head Shots and Photos:

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Complicity in Heels (The Nikki Frank Collection #1) by Matt Leatherwood Jr.
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Published on November 11, 2016 21:07 • 122 views • Tags: book-to-film, c-list-actress, casting-call, complicity-in-heels, novel-to-screenplay, open-call

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