In just an hour or so, I will officially be on vacation! I'm finally, at long last, putting this passport of mine to good use. Where am I going, you ask? Oh, just a little place called the Caribbean--the island of Caicos to be exact. It's six miles long, 14,000 people live there year round, I'm learning how to scuba dive, trying conch chowder, and just soaking up the sun in my ridiculous new Jackie O style sunglasses that take up half my face. Jealous? Don't be! I've never been out of the country! This is a big ol' milestone in my world. I know, it's not backpacking across Europe or walking the Great Wall of China, but it's a start and most importantly it will be relaxing.
My boyfriend and I decided to get out of dodge while we could. If, God forbid, there is an actor's strike I will not be able to take any time off work. In fact, employees would be actively recruited to help me award grants to actors (currently a one WOman job). So...I'm taking advantage of the continued strike ambiguity while bracing for a potential storm. Which reminds me, I want to speak to "general opinion" regarding the economy and the possible actor's strike. I can't tell you how many times I have heard and read the words, "This just isn't the time for an actors strike--not in this economy." Or versions of that. Nobody wants a strike and I would argue that there is never a "good" time to strike. No doubt an actors strike would be devastating and many entertainment professionals are still struggling to recover from the writer's strike. Still, if you read and have kept up with the debate--well, the facts, I should say--you would know that the actor's fight is a just fight. The crappy economy is not the fault of the actors. Can you think of any other profession where basic rights and compensation are so easily poo-pooed by the general public? I can't. SAG is negotiating for a fair contract so that you and I can maybe make a decent living someday. Maybe. This is not a selfish cause and the Guild is not the bad guy. I can only hope that if a referendum is sent to the membership, each actor will think about the future of their profession rather than the immediate relief avoiding a strike may bring to their career.
On a much lighter note, when I return from my trip I have a show to do! It won't be all play this week as I do need to learn some lines. I have a weekend sketch compilation to perfect for an audience, a three camera set-up for future pitches and perhaps an industry guest or two! More on that when I get back, but it's gonna be a blast!
Anybody else watching shark week on the Discovery channel? Umm..perhaps I should have watched it when I got back from the Caribbean. I'm a little tweaked. So, I guess if you don't hear from me, chalk it up to a great white (or, as in photo above, a whale). EEEk!