Kathryn McCormick wasn't sure what she wanted to do after high school, but a trip to California quickly turned into a golden opportunity for the aspiring 19-year-old performer.
"It just so happened that my dance studio went out there," Miss McCormick said. "I called an agency before I left and had a recommendation."
After she returned home, the agency called and told her that she had been booked for an audition for a role in the movie Fame, which opened in theaters Friday.
"I ended up flying out there, and I got the part," Miss McCormick said. "There were a couple of hundred people who auditioned, and they only chose 30 dancers."
She landed the role of a principal dancer and was scheduled to work for four months, so she moved to Los Angeles. The studio changed her role, however, and she ended up working for only one day.
"I never wanted to move to California, but after I got the role I had to," she said. "I feel like it was God's way of giving me a push."
Miss McCormick also auditioned for the Fox network reality show So You Think You Can Dance? She said "a ton" of people were there and the line was "wrapped around the building."
The auditions are held to pick the best dancers, who are then sent to Las Vegas for a chance to become a part of the Top 20. She made the cut.
"It was very exciting," she said. "It's kind of overwhelming because you think that you can't make it or do something like that, but I was so honored, blessed and thankful."
The show premiered Sept. 9, and the Los Angeles auditions were shown Sept. 16. Her mother, Sandra, has been watching the show and rooting for her.
"It's like American Idol," Mrs. McCormick said. "She just got her ticket and they get voted off -- or hopefully not, in her case!"
Miss McCormick has been dancing since she was 3 and training consistently for 13 years. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical dance. Recently, she began to learn hip-hop, despite her fears.
"At first it was really intimidating," she said. "You're like, 'Oh my gosh! I'm going to look stupid!' But everyone's been in that place where they feel intimidated, and I'm getting better at it. Now I feel really good about it."
Miss McCormick is excited about the possibilities and is not going to be afraid to venture out into this newfound territory.
"I want to be a performer," she said. "I'm working to improve my marketability. I really want to be open to anything."