From De­catur to Hol­ly­wood

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Jack­son started do­ing com­mu­nity the­ater a year ago with the De­catur Com­mu­nity Play­ers, a chil­dren’s mu­si­cal the­ater com­pany. He was in­stantly hooked, telling the Ge­or­gia Voice that act­ing is “re­ally fun” and that he likes mak­ing peo­ple laugh.

Then in early Au­gust of this year, a fam­ily friend they know through lo­cal trans­gen­der or­ga­ni­za­tion THEA (Trans­gen­der Health & Ed­u­ca­tion Al­liance) let them know about a trans­gen­der cast­ing agency that put out a call on Facebook for a trans boy around Jack­son’s age. It was a rapid turn­around from there ac­cord­ing to Jack­son’s mother, Jen.

“We sub­mit­ted his re­sume, a week later we did the taped au­di­tion and two weeks later we were out in L.A.,” she says.

Needless to say, Jack­son was ex­cited af­ter get­ting the call that he had been picked for the role.

Oc­to­ber 14, 2016

“He kept say­ing, ‘ I’m go­ing to Hol­ly­wood!,’” says Stacey laughing.

Jack­son didn’t know much about the show, but he be­came more ex­cited as they showed him more of it.

“He was re­ally ex­cited to play a role that was so sim­i­lar to him­self,” Jen says.

The world re­acts to the cast­ing

Af­ter a day film­ing his scene with cast­mem­bers Jesse Tyler Fer­gu­son, Eric Ston­estreet and Aubrey An­der­son-Emmons (“They were re­ally nice,” Jack­son says), he was back home in De­catur. No one ex­cept some friends and other fam­i­lies knew about the big cast­ing news, that was un­til a Sept.

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