It hasn’t always been an easy year but I’m going on my fifth commercial shoot this year, a personal best. A spot for Walmart Family Mobile just came out and it was a pleasure “working”, that is, sitting by a pool in the sun all day, getting splashed by water, running off to the side to have a few people reaching into my swimsuit to dry it and my breasts in between takes.
Over the years, I have been wonderfully discouraged, bullied, bailed on, etc., from pursuing acting. When I was a little kid and watched SNL or Monty Python, I thought, “That’s what I want to do, I want to be on TV.”
Meanwhile, some of those mean people have disappeared, lost the sense of purpose for the craft they seemed so self-righteously dedicated to, or stayed at the same level feeling that to do anything bigger is somehow a cop out. Maybe they were afraid of being a tiny fish in a big pond because they already felt small enough as it was.
Anyway, I never thought I’d do commercials and now, I love it. I love the auditions more than theatrical because theatrical was a lot more pressure. You have to impress the CD, the director, the producer(s) and I’ve had some pretty mean experiences. A couple of CDs ripped on my headshot/resume while others said they were great. One CD at a major network kept yelling at me without even watching my performance but stopped once her assistant insisted she watch through the camera. By that point, I hated her guts forever.
It has been a great learning experience, a pursuit which led me from the Midwest to the East coast then West all by myself. I’m thankful for the wonderful people I’ve met and for my agent who has supported me since 2012.
More goodness on the way.