When Shanice Williams walked into her first New York open call, she carried these words from her grandmother: "If you're nervous, you're never going to get anywhere in life."
But Williams wanted to go places, Broadway to be exact, and this casting call at age 18 was the first step. Putting her nerves aside, she auditioned for the lead role in NBC's "The Wiz Live!" — a soulful reimagining of "The Wizard of Oz." That was on June 6. Six months later, Williams' first professional audition will pay off, big time, when "The Wiz Live!" comes to television screens Dec. 3.