Buzz Kidz by Grant Goodman, age 11

December 2011

Lights, Camera, Action

I started acting when I was 7 years old. Once, a director named Tom Logan made a joke that we are not actors, but professional auditioners.  He was right. I had so many auditions before I was even an extra (or ambience enhancer, as they call it). I go on many auditions that I don’t get callbacks for and have had callbacks where I don’t get cast. I enjoy the preparing and auditioning part also, but I have been disappointed with a couple roles I really wanted.

Johnston Middle School student Grant Goodman will have a part in the upcoming G.I Joe 2 movie.

Once I was accepted by an agency, my first audition was to play the character S.J. in the film The Blind Side. After many auditions, I finally landed a commercial for the energy company Mississippi Power. When I arrived on set, I was in awe of the number of people there. There were costumers, directors, makeup artists and people in charge of breakfast.

Eventually, I got my first character movie job in Super. I played Rainn Wilson (Dwight from The Office) as a child. The coolest part of Super was my stunt scene where I was strapped upside down to a bed. After this movie, I started reading for more advanced characters and eventually got a part in This Must Be the Place. I traveled to Michigan and New Mexico to sing a duet with Sean Penn.

Last March, I got to travel to Louisiana for three weeks to play Billy in Playing the Field. I got to meet many people including Gerard Butler, Uma Thurman and Dennis Quaid, who is from Bellaire and went to Horn, Pershing and Bellaire High School. Lately, I’ve been working on G.I. Joe 2 with director Jon Chu. My character shot actor Jonathan Pryce with a Nerf gun. It was awesome. In another scene, I poured a chocolate fountain down my throat.

Now I attend Johnston Middle School, which is a magnet school for the performing and visual arts. I hope to attend The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts then film school at New York University or University of Southern California.

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  • Niczivley

    you go grant. your my bffl

  • grantgoo


  • Cool

    Which elementary school you from, i’m from condit e.