EPISODE 7 - ASHLEY'S ACTING DREAM
The episode starts with a concert clip of Love Should Be A Crime and Trevor pointing at Ashley on stage. Trevor then tells the camera, if youre having trouble with your ear pack, tell somebody! Dont just keep going on stage with a bad earpack! Backstage after the show, Trevor and Jacob lay into Ashley for this. Dan tells the camera theyve been on the road for a couple of months and theyre at the breaking point. Ashley flies to Los Angeles for some acting classes and auditions. He says O-Town is his life right now but acting is always something hes wanted to pursue. At an acting class, Ashley does a scene with a drug dealer. His agent tells him he has an audition for a lead role, but that it will take five weeks to shoot.
Ashley meets with his agent, Chuck James, who asks him if he can get a couple of days off to come to LA. Ashley says yes, hes already talked to the Mikes about it. He tells Chuck hes looked over the scripts he sent and is excited. Ashley arrives at Paramount and does some screen tests, then walks down the street of a backlot set. On the phone with his dad, Trevor explains he has a couple of days off and would like to fly Clifton to New York. In a cab, Trevor and his dad talk about Trevors new life and how its hard to adapt to for the first couple of years. They visit Cliftons former church and his old apartment where he grew up. On the phone with Chuck in his hotel room in LA, Ashley hears his meetings went really well and everyone loved him. Chuck says a script came across his desk and he spoke to the producers, who want Ashley to come in and read for a part and adds he wants Ashley to work on the part with an acting coach. Ashley drives to a meeting with Howard Fine, an acting coach. Ashley meets with Chuck again to discuss the part. Chuck tells him the role is a lead role and its shooting for five weeks.
On the phone with Mike M in his hotel room, Ashley explains that he thinks he might stay for a couple of more days. Mike tells him thats impossible, that they have rehearsals scheduled the following day. He suggests to Ashley that when he gets back to Orlando, they should sit down with everyone and discuss his acting ambitions. Back in Orlando, the guys meet with Mike Morin in the family room of their house to discuss Ashleys movie role. Mike M says he doesnt understand how Ashley thinks he can fit it into the schedule. Mike M comments they made a commitment to each other a year ago to get through the first album, record the next album and promote the first single from it, then decide where they were all going as a group. Erik says any theyve booked studio time for any free time they have and Jacob explains they have another album to write for and that Ashley should put his focus there and then he can be freed up to pursue acting. Mike M tells Ashley he only had 10 days off the previous year so its unrealistic to think hes going to get a five-week break. He points out that if Ashley has that kind of break while theyre promoting their second album, his career is over. Ashley tells the camera hes not going to lie and say he didnt want the role but he knows another one will come along. In the kitchen, the guys tell him he made the right decision.