First DAYS on SETS.
I think now I need to start journaling what I remember about my first days on sets. I had been studying with an acting teacher who was a bit of a bully. He asked me to do a reality project with a friend. I did not know much of reality TV at the time. I was still new. How quickly things change. I hated it. I did not want to pretend to be a friend to anyone. Frankly I think the producers of the show knew. I ended up writing the production and demanding to be absolved from the production. I wanted nothing to do with it and nothing I did shown.
It was August 2003 and I had just signed up with Central. My fellow reality star told me on the phone that working as an extra was hard and that the work was hard to GET. Yeah it is if you are put on a list and are blackballed (more on that later- my teacher from this time played a hand in that.) I got so mad at this girls attitude, plus well we differed in view on marriage- I personally have never been desperate to have a man there or perhaps it is just I have not met a man who lived up to my bar. I picked up the phone (we were on the phone when I had the conversation about being an extra) called Central, and within 30 minutes had my first background job- and IRONY- “The Practice” as a REPORTER. I had actually worked for COURT TV at one point as an INTERN. I have worked hard at many jobs, and yet many of them either did not pay or pay well. I ended up working the show MANY TIMES. And SO I started working on sets and did not know it, but I was on my way to getting my SAG card. Where I am from most actors are non-union or if they are UNION they were AE.
I studied acting in College, took classes in Graduate School, in addition to private voice lessons, and also a few classes here and there with Private Study. I also studied with Ted Bernetti for a few months. I learned a great deal though from just acting and being on sets and paying attention to everything around me. This road would take me onto 200 different productions, that is not days or hours, that is 200 different titles, many recalled me to and I was a regular on a dozen shows or more, or well I was told even by Central I was on lists to be back. (Central refused to give me my file which is what started me writing here on these pages and listing my days worked.) The 200 does not include the probably 200+ commercials I worked on as well.