After the show was canceled in 1996, she returned to Mississippi and enrolled at Mc Comb's Parklane Academy. I had my boyfriend, and I went to homecoming and Christmas formal.Although she made friends with most of her classmates, she compared the school to "the opening scene in Clueless with all the cliques. But I wanted more." In June 1997, Spears was in talks with manager Lou Pearlman to join the female pop group Innosense.Spears made her local stage debut at age five, singing "What Child Is This? During her childhood, she also attended gymnastics and voice lessons, and won many state-level competitions and children's talent shows.At age eight, Spears and her mother Lynne traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to audition for the 1990s revival of The Mickey Mouse Club.
In December 1992, she was cast in The Mickey Mouse Club alongside Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, and Keri Russell.
In 2001, Spears released her self-titled third studio album Britney, which spawned "I'm a Slave 4 U", and played the starring role in the 2002 film Crossroads.
Spears scored her first hot 100 number one debut single with 3 (2009).
Lynne asked family friend and entertainment lawyer Larry Rudolph for his opinion and submitted a tape of Spears singing over a Whitney Houston karaoke song along with some pictures.
Rudolph decided he wanted to pitch her to record labels, therefore she needed a professional demo.