8 Nickelodeon Stars Who Were Almost Disney Channel Stars Instead

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For a child actor, landing a role on Nickelodeon or Disney Channel is **THE DREAM**. One guest spot on Drake and Josh could lead to years of work with the network — maybe even a starring role! Selena Gomez impressed Disney casting agents so much with her tiny parts on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Hannah Montana that the network ultimately gave her the starring role on Wizards of Waverly Place at age 12. (Normal childhood experience. Happens to all of us.)

But before an actress can reach Selena status, she’s gonna have to go through a whole lot of auditions. Child actors go to so. Freaking. Many. Auditions, and for some of them, it seriously pays off! (Just ask Nick alum Ariana Grande; she seems to be doing well.) Thanks to all the auditions at all different networks, a bunch of Nickelodeon stars were super close to hitting it big on Disney Channel instead. Take a look: