Archives for the month of: February, 2015

The time is now 23:59 18 Wednesday 2015 NYC Eastern Standard Time

Wah wah wah.  I was in the running for a threee day gig on T.V. show “The Good Wife” to play a ‘Think Tanker’.  It’s a fun character title, and according to casting I made it pretty far along, even so far as the Director was hand selecting this specific group of background and my name was still on the short list.  When all was said and done, I was not picked.

Think Tanker

Think Tanker

I did not think I had much of a chance from the get.  I submitted anyway.  If the description was: artsy, hippie, or nurse, my confidence in the possibility would have been elevated. Nonetheless, the Director of the episode saw this picture —>       as ‘Think Tank’ material. Casting called me to say I had made it to round two, and the Director was looking over the photos again.  The ever-professional (and punctual) Arthur, at Comer Casting, rang me and left a voicemail [I was walking the pup] and when I had yet to respond to his message, he rang again.  I got excited; the far from possible seemed to be getting close, practically a sure thing!  

Then, within the half hour, a text, then an additional e-mail in the negative, nope, I was not chosen.  Smiling about it now, I immediately felt like a loser, that I had somehow failed.  Silly chica, there’s bigger and better to come!  Comer Casting has been marvelous to me.  The great opportunity I had to work with Al Pacino, yeah that is correct, was, an albeit less dramatic, similar situation.  I do not recall that said tale has been spun here as of YET, but therein lies fodder for another future blog.  Long story short there, I was passed over for one day as one of several nurses- only to be blessed with the gift of getting a high-five from The Man Al Pacino himself, a mere three days before my birthday.

Life is good, in spite of my momentary moody swings.  Thankfully they are temporary, and I am grateful for so much, so often.  Such as for you; thank you for reading!

UPDATE: now I’m ON for one day of the shoot because the Second 2nd A.D. told casting she likes my look and they are adding on additional ‘Think Tankers’!

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“But you were background.” Yeah, it was a bit of a bit part. And you know what? That’s the point. I was doing one more thing greater than a person who wished they could be in this business. Being an entertainer is bit part after bit part. Because we are never truly satisfied with just enough. Anyone action is more than zero effort with working background on a TV show, movie, playing guitar on a small stage in front of ten people, or even telling jokes to less than a few laughing future fans. These are all successful moments in an entertainer’s life. Doing what they love, and living within the field of their interest. A bit part, but a big part forward. But what is the point of doing little things?

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New York is a cold place to be these last two Winters.  Television and movies shoot on sound stages where they build sets: a precinct for ‘Gotham’, dressing room for ‘Smash’, an airplane for ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’.  These are “interiors” and [relatively] comfortably climate controlled.  Scenes can also an “exterior”: a scene in a park, a walk and talk exiting the door of a bar/IMG_0378restaurant, or someone getting out of a car.  In the Winter, exteriors are a cold proposition.

To start 2015 I worked an episode of the third season of “Elementary” with my car.  The temperature was in the 20’s and the wind was blistering. When you are standing on snow and ice covered sidewalks for a couple hours, your feet feel even colder than they might when simply walking from one destination to another.  This is why cold Winters of recent have been a bit of a slow time of year for me.  I have gotten into the good habit [most of the time] to check the weather.com forecast of the days/week to come, and save myself from volunteering to work doing exteriors on days that will likely lead my body beyond breaking, thus rendering me unavailable for any other juicy work, because who wants to re-coup enough strength because you went to work and got sick.

Savvy casting called before the holiday hiatus asking if I would work after the first of the year.  No way to protect myself.  Yet, I lucked out on “Elementary” this January as the only ‘pedestrian with car’ who actually go to be IN the car, where it was considerably warmer. I sat in my heated seats with hot air blowing on my tootsies and waited for the signal to drive through at the top of the shot, just before the cop cars raced in to nab the bad guy.  A couple of other extras were invited to keep warm in my car between set-ups, and I counted my blessings and continued to thank my lucky stars at not having to get out and pound the pavement, take after take after take.

For those of you unable to watch the video from last week’s post, here’s hoping this Hulu link does the trick [i had to hit deny three times for the little box in the way to disappear though :)]  IMDbSNLHulu  see me at #14 😀