I used to make posts here about local high school plays/musicals I went to. Some people don't think much of high school plays, but I discovered that a lot of the kids have been training/performing since they were 7 years old. A high school cast is nothing to automatically dismiss.
I saw one kid a few years ago and she really stood out. I followed her on Youtube etc since her vids were so good (she's a bit of flake too lol) She was nominated for local theater awards 3 years in a row but never won (something she often joked about).
Tonight I was reading a New York City paper and found out the kid was picked out of 30,000 to be next Maria in West Side Story remake. She had a few thousand followers on Youtube and now its a few hundred thousand in just a few days. Its fun to see local people "blow-up".