This is one story from Huff/Post50's new series "This Will Be Our Year: 15 Women Over 50 Shaking Things Up In 2015." We'll be following 15 remarkable ladies throughout the year as they make a radical change in their lives, whether it's embarking on a 500-mile hike, starting a new career or attempting to find love on the Internet. Start from the beginning here.
Veronica Slater, 52, is breaking into Hollywood as an actress.
"I have been up and down and all around! There is so much happening! And I am learning so much about myself on this journey, which is awesome. I have at least two auditions a week, some weeks I have three or four. But so far, nothing has clicked. I had two films booked but then both projects were put on hold, one indefinitely. But I am learning so much every day about the whole process and everything that happens just reinforces to me that I want to be an actress.
I would say that until I started doing auditions, I had about a 95 percent success rate when I went out on job interviews. But auditions are a different animal. So much of it is outside your control. You can't take it personally. Sometimes it is something like you have a dimple and they don't want someone with a dimple. I go on calls for women who are 40 to 50, African-American or ethnic, of solid frame or thin. As an actress, I am a product. And it just might not be the precise product the casting director has in mind.
Yes, rejection is hard. But I take it as a learning process. I capture the moment of 'disappointment' and hold on to it, so I know how to call it up when I have a role that calls for it.
I am really learning so much about myself though this journey. And no matter how many times I audition without getting the part, I am not discouraged. I know I am meant to act and I will. I get excited at just having auditions. Many of them are for big projects. When you have the big agents coming after you and want to see your work, it's a great feelings. I'm focusing on supporting roles. Like everything else, you have to pay your dues. I've auditioned for parts that had one or three or five lines.
I did a great video with Erin Kirby, the singer. I'm the singer who grabs the mic and speaks. It's funny.
Right now, I'm waiting to hear back on two roles I recently auditioned for. For me, it's fingers crossed and eyes forward on the prize."
Veronica Slater with singer Erin Kirby.