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Rising Star Michelle DeFraites: “You book 1 out of every 100 auditions you go on if you’re lucky; So, for every audition, you don’t book, you are one step closer to the one you will book”

This is advice that I got when I was first starting that was helpful because this industry gets in your head. A successful model had told me that you book 1 out of every 100 auditions you go on if you’re lucky. So, for every audition, you don’t book, you are one step closer to […]

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This is advice that I got when I was first starting that was helpful because this industry gets in your head. A successful model had told me that you book 1 out of every 100 auditions you go on if you’re lucky. So, for every audition, you don’t book, you are one step closer to the one you will book. That helped keep me from getting down on myself for not booking every audition I went out on.


I had the pleasure to interview actress Michelle DeFraites. Michelle, a Mississippi native, discovered her passion for the arts at an early age. With over ten years of dancing and local theater under her belt, Michelle launched into the chaos of Los Angeles and began tackling her career in entertainment. You can find her as Madison on the hit BET show The Quad and starring as Sydney, the rebellious bad girl in the new movie musical Drama Drama (2019). And make sure to watch Drama Drama’s new music video, “Saturday Night,” now available on YouTube.


Thank you so much for joining us Michelle. Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?

I was born in South Mississippi into a very musical family. My whole life, I was surrounded by music and the arts. I started dancing at the age of 3, and my family and I did community theater for years. At 14, I moved to LA to pursue acting.

Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?

I have a memory of watching TV with my dad and looking at him and saying, “I can do that! I want to do that!” So, we talked about it as a family and started getting in classes and reaching out to reps in the local area to test it out and see if this is really what I wanted to do as a career.

Can you tell us a funny story that happened to you since you began your career?

I have a funny story about my first manager. The day before my first meeting with her to see if she wanted me as a client, it was her birthday. The acting coach I was working with at the time was close friends with her and decided a group of us should sneak into her house and decorate it while she’s gone. So, we went and threw confetti and streamers and put signs all over her house. The next day when I met her for the first time, she was laughing at what she had come home to last night and wanted to show me everything that was done. I had to act like I had never seen it and was so surprised! After she agreed to take me on as a client, I eventually revealed that I had been one of the ones to have destroyed her home with confetti and she loved it! It’s been one of our favorite stories over the years.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

I don’t know I started when I was a kid, so I didn’t have too much free reign to make my own bad decisions! I think some of the funniest mistakes were probably some of the outfits I wore to my 1st auditions. I was very bold and how I dressed and still am to a certain extent, but I learned that that may not always be right for the character.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

My latest film, Drama Drama, was a super fun one to work on because it encompassed all 3 of my favorite things: acting, singing, and dancing. It’s a great high school teen drama musical that is just packed with so much girl power and a great message. I can’t wait for everyone to see it!

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why? Please share a story or example for each.

Going into this, I knew this industry was hard, and I knew it wouldn’t happen quickly, and everything else was a joy to learn along the way. Sometimes I feel like too much “advice” can keep people from following their dreams.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

This is advice that I got when I was first starting that was helpful because this industry gets in your head. A successful model had told me that you book 1 out of every 100 auditions you go on if you’re lucky. So, for every audition, you don’t book, you are one step closer to the one you will book. That helped keep me from getting down on myself for not booking every audition I went out on.

If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be?

In an industry that can be very tough, I would encourage people to remember that self-love and loving those around you is much more important and fulfilling.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?

My parents are the ultimate reason I am anywhere close to where I am today. Without them and their support, I would never have even thought this was possible. They have been so unbelievably loving and supportive and understanding throughout this entire journey. They uprooted their lives and moved across the country so that I could live my dream and that’s something not many people would do.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life.

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. To me, that’s very relevant as an Actor but as well in real life. It reminds me not to let fear control me and to keep pushing towards my dreams.

Is there a person in the world whom you would love to have a private lunch with, and why?

Nicole Richie. I think she is hilarious but also such a savvy business woman. I admire her a lot.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

@mdefraites

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