MARCH 21, 2015
‘It was the best day of my life’ says 8 year-old Zeb Slone
By Jennifer Ferguson
An eight year old Louisa resident took a step toward pursuing his dreams by auditioning for a commercial. Zeb Slone, a second grader at Louisa East Elementary, has been interested in the world of film for several years, and Thursday he was able to actually experience it as he stepped on set at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY.
Zeb, the son of Harold and Marsha Slone enjoys videoing toy reviews at home and has ambitions to one day have his own YouTube channel, be a voice actor and do commercials.
“A few weeks ago I saw an ad for a casting call for a commercial,” said Marsha Slone. “I asked him if he was interested, he was so I sent in his information along with a few photos. About a week later they sent an email and asked for him to come in and read for the part and do an audition in the studio.”
The ad called for a child to audition for a thirty second commercial that encourages viewers to save for a child’s higher education.
“They sent us the script and we practiced for two days,” said Marsha Slone. “He can memorize things very quickly. That always amazes me.”
Arriving at the studio the day of the audition Zeb was able to meet the producer and look around the set.
“He wasn’t nervous at all,” said Marsha Slone. “He loved getting a first-hand look at a real studio and asked a ton of questions.”
After an audio check, Zeb read through his part while being recorded.
While in the past Zeb has played roles in school and church plays since he was younger and says he loves being on stage, this was his first official audition.
A final decision to know if he was selected for the commercial role should be made next week, however, Zeb and his parents consider it to be a great learning experience regardless of whether he gets the part or not.
“Just getting to go and do the live audition was fun and exciting. I think he would naturally be disappointed if he doesn’t get it, but he knows he did his best,” said Marsha Slone.
Zeb agrees with his mother and plans to keep auditioning in the future as they find other roles that suit him.
“It was the best day of my life,” he said.