Selena Gomez began her acting career at the age of seven, where she spent her birthday at an open casting call competing with thousands of others for a role in the hit children’s television series Barney & Friends. She was cast as a recurring character named Gianna in seasons seven and eight. Gomez appeared in national commercials for several companies including Wal-Mart, Hasbro and TGI Friday’s. In 2003 she was cast in the movie Spy Kids 3D for a small role. She made a small appearance in the made-for-television movie, Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire. That same year, she landed the lead role of Emily Grace Garcia alongside Lewis Parry in the movie Brain Zapped. This was her first main role in a film. Selena Gomez Career 2004-2006 In 2004 Gomez was discovered by Disney, in their first worldwide casting search. Three weeks after the auditions in Dallas Texas, her hometown, she was invited to meet the Disney Channel programming executives, in Los Angeles. She was then cast as a guest star in the second season of the Disney Channel Original Series, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as Gwen, in the episode “A Midsummer’s Nightmare”. Subsequently, she appeared in the second season of the Disney Channel Original Series, Hannah Montana as Hannah Montana’s rival, Mikayla. She had appeared in three episodes, “I Want You to Want Me…To Go to Florida”, “That’s What Friends Are For?” and “(We’re So Sorry) Uncle Earl”.