Sometimes U Can't Do Nuthin' But Laugh.
I had a GREAT shoot yesterday for "My Name is Earl"*. That is the happiest bunch of people I have seen in a loooong time. Director Ken Whittingham was a pleasure to work with, Jason Lee seemed to be having a blast - just watching him work (and enjoy himself) was sheer entertainment. Guest star Faizon Love was absolute comedy. Jason & Faizon were riffing and having so much fun trying different things out and bouncing things off of one another that I was SURE we would end up way behind schedule, but things moved along smoothly, and I was wrapped right before I would have gone into overtime. I had one line - I said it, I think it's going to be funny. I'll let y'all know when it's going to air.
(BTW, I was allowed to choose my shoes and my purse without further intervention from the wardrobe department. NEITHER will appear on-camera! All of Sunday's drama was completely unnecessary...)
Okay, so two down so far this year. One more on the horizon: David E. Kelley's "Legally Mad." I'm scheduled to shoot this next week, I have received 4 revised scripts and my already-miniscule role has gotten smaller. At this point I am hoping that my character makes the final cut and that I make it on the air. ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING the fact that my agent called me today and told me that I HAVE to join AFTRA before I shoot. I always knew that anyone could join AFTRA at any time, but was never sure when I would HAVE to join. Well, now is the time - thank GOD I actually have the money in the bank, or I'd be screwed. Bye bye $1300.
There really should be ONE FRIGGIN' UNION. Having to pay membership fees and dues to two unions is dumb. Actually I cussed when I got the call about having to join. That $1300 is coming out of my "pay off my car" fund. Oh well, it is what it is.
I had an audition for "Desperate Housewives" today and it went very well. Very. Of course it would be great to book it, but even if I don't, I know I did a good job and I'm confident that I'll be called in again. I left thinking "OMG, I could really book this."
Let's see what happens.
*Everybody was so great that I couldn't even be mad that my lil trailer looked like a prison cell (toilet in the corner and everything)!! I could hear every word and feel every move made by my "neighbors"!