A New Start
written by Justin


As the alarm went off, I slowly pulled my self out of bed, still half asleep. 9 a.m. It had been a rough day at work last night, and now in about another hour, I'd be there again, working hard just to make ends meet. Living in Hollywood isn't all it's cracked up to be, at least for me. I keep saying I'll leave my job at the factory and get a 9 to 5 job I can deal with, but I keep getting shot down by rejections from job applications.

After a hot shower to wake me up, I got dressed and headed down stairs to get breakfast. And then after a somewhat hearty meal, I headed out for work. Although I graduated high school some five years ago, I still wear my high school basketball team jacket whenever I go out. It just brings back memories just wearing and seeing my name "Justin Cattz" embroidered on it. I had been the only cat on the team, but my teammates and I got along well, something rarely seen at that time. It just made me feel good to know that at some point in my life, I had a commitment and a cause in this world.

As I headed towards work, I continued in my daydreams and flashbacks, not really paying attention to what I was doing. But I was quickly brought back into reality. As I was crossing a street in a small crowd, I bumped into someone and we both tripped over each other and fell. Before I could even regain my senses, the person was already on my case.

"Why don't you watch where you are going?" said the person, who by the voice I could tell was a woman before I even laid eyes on her. That made me feel a little better knowing it wasn't some big brute who wasn't going to brutalize me.

When I first glanced at her, I was a little surprised to see a lovely female, white, persian cat. I didn't say anything for a second, until I finally realized what I had done.

I said, "I am so very sorry for this, please let me help you up."

The female cat calmed down a little and said, "Don't worry about it. These kinds of things always seem to happen whenever I head to work."

"Really? And where do you work?" I asked, trying to be polite.

"At Mammoth Studios," she said with a smile.

We both headed off the street still in conversation as we started walking. We both seemed to lose track of time as we continued to talk.

"My name is Sawyer," she said.

"Mine's Justin," I said now feeling more comfortable. "So what do you do at Mammoth Studios?"

For a moment she had a puzzled look on her face. "Haven't you been to the movies at all lately?"

She kind of caught me off guard with that one, but she then said, "I'm sorry, that was a little out of line."

"Quite alright," I said, "and to answer your question, no I haven't really been to the movies lately due to my working throughout most of the day."

"Well, anyway, animals have just recently been allowed chances at being stars in the movies," she explained, "and not to brag, but I was one who helped it happen."

"Wow! And have you appeared in any movies yet?" I asked.

"Yes, quite a few," she answered. "As a matter of fact, we're in the process of auditions for one right now."

I didn't say anything, mostly because I felt a little overshadowed talking to a star of her caliber and me being a lowly factory worker. She must have noticed the look on my face, and she kindly tried to cheer me up in a way I wasn't expecting.

"Say, would you be interested in being in the movies?" she said, catching me off guard.

"It never really crossed my mind. Besides, I don't think I'm qualified for it," I said.

"Well, we are always looking for new talent," she replied. "And by the looks of your jacket, it seems you are fairly talented. High School Basketball First Team, huh? That must mean you are good on your feet. Maybe you could use that to your advantage in dancing."

"I don't know...," I nervously said.

"Oh come on!" she said. "Come on down to Mammoth Studios with me and you can see what it's like."

"Oh no!" I said. The mentioning of her workplace made me remember my work. "I'm late for work. Listen, it was nice meeting you, but I have to go!"

As I ran off, I could hear her say, "Well, it was nice meeting you, too."

: The next morning:

Sawyer's words echoed through my mind all through work last night.

"Come to Mammoth Studios...." her voice kept saying.

It's Saturday now, my one day off of the week. And all that kept racing through my mind now was, should I or shouldn't I? I think the answer was quite simple. I hated my job and was looking for any doorway out of it. So once again, after another somewhat hearty meal, I put on my jacket and headed out; but this time I wasn't going to work.

When I arrived at Mammoth Studios, I was in awe of the majesty of the place. From the sets that movies were being filmed on to the Mammoth water fountain high above, everything just seem to have it's own little spark of movie magic to it.

I knew the first thing I had to do was find Sawyer. I searched and searched, but could never find her. Even when I asked some of the actors and actresses, they didn't even know. Then as I was going around a building corner, I collided into someone and fell to the ground. I, for some reason, thought I had collided into Sawyer again.

"We really have to stop meeting like this," I said with a small chuckle.

"Do I know you?" a male voice asked.

I looked and saw an orange cat a little shorter in height than me.

"Oh, I'm sorry. I thought you were someone else," I said.

"That's ok. You're new around here, aren't you?" he said.

"Sort of..." I said a little nervously.

"That's fine. Name's Danny." he said.

"Justin," I replied as we shook hands.

I explained to him about my encounter with Sawyer and asked if he could help me. To my surprise, Danny said he was close friends with Sawyer and he could take me to her.

"Ya know, Sawyer did mention something about meeting a cat yesterday," Danny said.

"She did?" I said, a little overexcited.

"Yep," he replied. "Said you looked like you had a lot of potential, too."

I had no reply for that, but Danny didn't seem to mind.

We kept walking until we came to a medium sized building. We entered and walked down the hall until we came to a set of double-doors. I listened closely and could hear voices from the other side.

"What's this room?" I asked.

"Auditioning room," Danny replied.

I almost turned around right there from nervousness, but as I was about to, one of the doors opened and out stepped Sawyer.

"Hiya Sawyer!" Danny said.

"Hi Danny," Sawyer said.

"How did you do?" Danny asked Sawyer.

"I think it went really well," she said. She then caught sight of me. "Justin, I'm so glad you decided to come to the auditions."

"Well actually I was just...." I said, but never got to finish my sentence.

"Oh, don't you be getting cold feet now," Sawyer said. "You're so close, so why don't you go over there and get in line for the auditions. I'm sure there's a part in the movie for you somewhere."

"Just hope that it isn't just saying "Meow"!" Danny said with a laugh.

Sawyer joined in the laugh, and that made me feel a little more comfortable.

"O.k. I'll do it, I'll do it," I said surrendering.

I headed over to the line and signed up for the audition. I received my script, went over it and waited and waited until it was my turn, shaking more and more as my turn drew closer.

When it was finally my turn, I took my script and went out on the stage. I saw a small group of people, no doubt the director and producers, in the small auditorium's seats.

"O.k. kid, let's see what you got," one of them said.

I took one gulp in nervousness, stood up straight and read my lines.

: Two days later:

I was sitting at home just relaxing when my phone rang. I picked up the phone and it was the people from Mammoth Studios. As they talked, a grin came upon my face, which eventually grew into a smile. After they finished, we both said goodbye and hung up.

I then picked up the phone again to call the factory to tell them I was quitting my job there.

THE END (for now)

~~Justin Cattz

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