Mason A. Norman’s journey canvassed from one end of the country to its opposite. He ends up not only enjoying his first WrestleMania live in Miami but receiving an opportunity of a lifetime.
During his initial WWE WrestleMania experience, Norman decided to audition for the WWE Studios release “The Marine: Homefront,” starring WWE superstar The Miz.
Norman got the part.
“Words can’t really describe it,” he said. “Being a [WWE] fan and just having this opportunity to sit down with one of the [WWE] superstars and actually partake, participate in their product is an amazing feeling. I’m going to cherish this forever.”
Norman, 23, a Sergeant in the United States Army Reserve, auditioned for the role during an open casting call at WrestleMania Axxess during WrestleMania 28 Week in Miami.
(Watch Norman’s audition from WrestleMania Axxess at the Miami Beach Convention Center)
Norman made the cross-country trek from Washington, the state, to Miami, the travel destination for WWE WrestleMania 28 Week. After getting the call, he flew to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, working his first movie. So it’s been some ride.
“This has been amazing,” he said on set. “WWE sent a town car to my house and flew me out to the set and put me up at the same hotel and gave me the same treatment as everyone else [in the movie].
“The Miz is even getting a little jealous of me. I have my own cameraman following me, and my camera is bigger than his.”
When Norman learned he was cast for the movie, the first person he told was his mom, who raised him well as a single parent.
“My family was ecstatic,” he said. “They were like, ‘Just follow your dream.’ I have this opportunity, and they want me to take the ball and run with it. That’s what I promised them I would do, put my best foot forward, and they’re all very proud.
“My little cousins and nephew are like, ‘You know John Cena, yet?’ It’s crazy.”
“I’m just hoping this isn’t my one and only 15 minutes of fame, and this becomes actually the first opportunity of many for me.”
How do you watch movies and television?
“I watch TV now and look at it from a different perspective,” Norman said. “What do I like about this actor? What didn’t I like? So when my opportunity comes, I don’t come off cheesy or corny. So I can do my best, when the chance came.”
In high school his senior year, Norman starred in the Spring play.
“That was actually my first time acting,” he said. “I was in the cafeteria walking around.”
The Franklin Pierce High School Cafeteria in Tacoma, Wash.
That’s where he noticed the note for the play. Sign me up.
“The play was called ‘The Foreigner,’” he recalled. “My character really didn’t speak English, so I had to do my acting with body language and making funny sounds and reacting to other characters. It was dramatic irony. It was definitely outside of my comfort zone, which gave me a lot more confidence in myself and my abilities.”