MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – This time of year, most graduating college students are trying to figure out what their next step is going to be after the walk across the stage. Well, one Georgia College performing arts senior already already has a plan, and she has Tinsel town backing her up.
For Madison Junod, she’s leaving nothing to chance.
The performing arts major has spent the last couple of summers with some big name actors in Washington D.C., and it’s not just an internship.
Junod is a casting assistant for the Netflix hit "House of Cards" starring Kevin Spacey.
It all started with a conversation she had with her professor.
"I just told her that I really wanted to work. I wanted to have some experience in the field," Junod said.
Experience, Junod turned into a regular gig.
"Nobody really knew what that was at the time, so of course I ‘googled’ it and I was like oh this seems kind of interesting. I have no idea if it’s real or if it’s even legit, but this seems really interesting," Junod said.
Now she has a say so as to who you see on the show.
"My main job is finding new talent, bringing the talent in…and auditioning them for roles on the show," he said.
A tough role for an upcoming grad….but Junod says it’s opportunity to connect with actors in a different way.
"I’m really appreciative that I get to be on the other side of the desk, and I get to have that conversation with every actor that I work with that you’re doing a good job. Keep going, keep striving, believe in yourself, there are people in this industry that want to help you," Junod said.
Of course, 41NBC had to ask what’s it like rubbing elbows with stars on a daily basis. Madison says she doesn’t see them often, but when she does it’s always a treat.
"Somehow, some woman I’d never met before, she must have been friends with Kevin, suggested that Kevin and I reenact the scene from dirty dancing, where Jennifer Gray goes running at the very end and is lifted up. Kevin said the only that that would work is if I’d swung from the chandelier and he happened to catch me. So that’s me and Kevin’s relationship, is reenacting dirty dancing scenes," Junod said.
Madison is supposed to head back to DC for the filming of the third season of show. She says she doesn’t know if she’ll head to LA or New York next, but she’s not ruling anything out.