About six years ago, as I was leaving my house, at the same time as my very, very attractive neighbor, who I had only spoken with in passing, was also leaving her house with her gorgeous dog. This dog Lavender, is even prettier than her Mommy if that is possible.
Because my neighbor was so attractive, I screwed up all my courage and dredged up the nerve to ask her what she did for a living. Why, you would ask, did that take courage? It appeared to me that very good-looking men, and okay some women too, were going in and out of her house at all hours of the day and night, hopefully you can see why I was afraid to ask. She laughed and explained that she was an actress and a drama coach, thus explaining all those great looking visitors!
We began to speak as we were coming or going at the same time, leading to her question for me. “Have you ever considered doing commercials”? She said she had a commercial class and since I was one of three women in LA with grey hair and no plastic surgery, I could probably do commercials, with the ever-expanding market in pharmaceuticals for baby boomers.
I immediately mentioned that I couldn’t act my way out of a paper bag, but her retort was, not so much acting in commercials, as just being yourself and not being afraid of the camera. Since speaking in public was by now old hat to me, I thought why not give it a try. I became a fixture in her Wednesday noon class. Great group of young people, and I became somewhat comfortable with reading lines, and a mere three or four years later, I was ready for the big time.
Had pictures taken, my coach who I should mention has the charming and real name, Fawn Irish got me an agent and I was on my way. I highly recommend that you go to her Facebook page and get in touch with her if you have any acting aspirations, she is great! You won’t have any trouble finding her there is only one Fawn Irish in the world, and that is a good thing because the world could not stand two such shining stars.
Unfortunately, at the same time I opened a new business which required my attention, so those pesky auditions got in the way of life and I never really pursued it seriously, stopped going to class and put the endeavor on the back burner.
I did however, keep up my subscription to a casting website and in November, decided to submit my profile for a shoot in Bakersfield. It was for a local healthcare company and since I know no one in Bakersfield, if I screwed up, no one would by any the wiser and it was time to get my feet wet.
Eight hour shoot for a thirty seconds of screen time, which came down to about five seconds of me, how could I go wrong. It was an interesting day and I met some great people and that was that. They sent me a link for the finished product, that you can see below, but it took me three or four weeks of seeing it myself to even let my family and friends view it, but finally I put it on my Facebook page and here it is…….
The moral of this story is, it is never too late to put yourself out there. I barely even cringe any more when watching this, who knows next I may be able to read some lines.