As for auditioning, once a long time back the Tom Selleck movie "An Innocent Man" (1989) was being shot here in our city in our disused city jail. On a Saturday morning they held a casting call for extras for the prison scenes. I dearly wanted to go, but was buried in family stuff. I read the next day they had 4,000 men show up, and then only took 50!
That's my TS close call, sort of.