OK, here’s the truth. I don’t just work on furniture and make coasters and such.
I’m also an actor.
This may not come as a big surprise- after all, I live in Los Angles, isn’t everybody here an actor? It often seems that way and because of that I tend to keep my acting endeavors kind of low profile which, admittedly, probably isn’t the best plan when pursuing a career in something totally based on the LOOK AT ME! principle.
But I’ve done OK. I’ve been acting (or acting out) since I was a kid, did off broadway stuff when I lived in NYC and now do random parts on TV (House, The Mentalist etc).
So, yesterday, I had an audition for a new TV show and this required me to drive to the wilds of downtown Los Angeles where I can never find parking and always (A.L.W.A.Y.S) get lost.
So, after the obligatory swearing “getting lost” phase I entered the obligatory cursing “quest for parking” phase and on some random, slightly seedy, side street I happened to find a spot right in front of this!
OK, it’s in need of some sincere attention but it’s dovetail jointed solid wood with beautiful lines and great hardware. Perfect! And free!
Now, the funny/sad part of this story is that whenever I see something I really like I immediately become convinced that the immediate area is crawling with other like-minded people and I’m overcome by a fear that if I don’t GRAB THIS NOW someone else will come along and snatch away my filthy, broken down dresser.
Perfectly logical I’m sure you’ll agree.
So, imagine you’re a resident of the area – you go to open your window because it’s 90 degrees outside and see a very well dressed (my role was a lawyer) man frantically stuffing a sincerely ratty old dresser into the back of his tiny Honda. Do you think to yourself “Wow! This recession must be REALLY bad!” or, living in Los Angeles, do you think “stupid actors…they’re everywhere!”
Probably the latter.
Anyway, I got it in my car and arrived at the appointment on time if slightly more disheveled than I’d intended. And the audition went really well! Nice people – fun character.
And I got the role!
…..And then they cut the part!
So, bottom line: