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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Jon Sparks risks his life crossing Highland for a cup of coffee and a chat. If he does not look worried, it's probably because he is in a television role and being run over in traffic is the last thing this freelance newspaper writer and editor has on his mind these days.

You see Sparks is also an actor and he never knows when that "big call" will come.

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"You never do and you audition, audition and audition and most of the time of course you hear nothing back," Sparks said. "But you do it because one time you're going to get that call back and get that notice that you've been booked."

For Sparks that call finally came from his agent.

"She said they want you for Ben Franklin," he said. "I said, 'I'm sorry? What?' I didn't believe it. she sent me the e-mail. I had to read it over and over. It said, 'yes we are hiring Jon to play Ben Franklin.'"

And not just any Ben Franklin. This role is in Fox Televisions hit TV show "Sleepy Hollow," which airs on FOX13.

"It's a strange feeling because it's something you keep going for all the time, but you're always prepared to not get anything," Sparks said. "In fact, usually I forget about the audition because you're probably not going to hear anything again so what a treat it's when the word comes that you booked a role," said Sparks.

It's not a big part. But it is a role in a big time TV show. It is just the kind of thing that makes all those auditions worthwhile. Now he is doing TV interviews and getting a lot of kudos from everyone who knows just how hard it is to make it as an actor.

You will see Sparks as Ben Franklin this coming Monday night, Jan. 13,  on "Sleepy Hollow" on FOX13.

"The casting director who chose me knows I'm in it and knows what I can do I'm on the casting director radar, and so that's always a good thing," Sparks said.

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