Britney Spears was born on December 2, 1981 in McComb, Mississippi, but was raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. At a young age, she became an accomplished gymnast, and auditioned for The New Mickey Mouse Club when she was 8, but was rejected for being to young, despite being given an agent in New York. In 1992, she appeared on Star Search and when she was 11, she returned to The New Mickey Mouse Club, and was on the show in 1993 until 1994. After it ended, Britney returned to high school. In 1997, Britney joined the newly formed all-girl pop group, innosense, but later decided to go solo the same year. She recorded her first demo and was signed by Jive Records. She started touring, opening for boy bands, such as the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync. At the end of 1998, her first single "...Baby One More Time" was released and was a global success and skyrocketed her to international fame. In 1999, her first album was released, selling over 25 million copies and won Female Artist of the Year at the Billboard Music Awards. Britney would later release several more albums, all of them a successes. In 2002, Britney starred in her first film, Crossroads and she continued to sing, epitomizing the American dream.