No, this has nothing to do with dating a high school athlete. I dated college boys when I was in high school anyway.
But getting pinned happens a lot in Hollywood. I think it's more an LA thing, than a NYC thing.
I thought I was the only who had never heard of the term until I had lunch with a friend the other day.
"I keep getting pinned," I exclaimed over a carafe of red sangria, grilled calamari, and pot de creme under the warm Santa Monica sun.
"I guess eventually another one will stick," I said.
"Are you talking about online dating?," he asked. That's when I figured it was worth writing about.
Getting 'pinned' for a theatrical job is the same as being put on 'hold' or put on 'first refusal' for a commercial job.
It doesn't guarantee you'll get the job, but it does mean you are one of the top choices.
Kind of makes you wonder, should you jump for joy or hold your breath. I think maybe both, yes?
So, producers and casting want to make sure they 'pin' their top choices in time for the upcoming shooting schedule.
In a sense, being consistently pinned adds to your cache as an actor.
I got pinned for a guest star on a television show where the competition included actresses I grew up watching on the movie screen when I was in junior high. Seriously.
The first time I ever heard the term, was in the winter of 2009. I was pinned for another guest star on a criminal drama.
I don't know exactly how to feel about it, because getting pinned doesn't mean you'll get to book the job or pay your rent.
There are no understudies in film and television, only stand-ins and body doubles.
It doesn't mean you're going to get another audition right away. Or that you'll get to change the world with your unique, courageous performance of that character.
All it means is that you almost got it; that you are on the radar of the business, at least with the particular job in question, and that your reps now have more to work with.
It means there are now a new group of people that believe in you, that are affected by you.
It means that you are doing significant work that is being noticed by the right people.
Getting pinned means that you are a part of the great tidal wave of talented actors that crash upon the hills of Hollywood every season, leaving some artistic essence of yourself behind.
Getting pinned means that you stand a chance of booking, of coming into alignment with a constant stream of artistic opportunities to enlighten, to educate and most of all, to entertain.
And that's pretty much as good as it gets, isn't it? So, yeah, getting pinned, it's a good thing. Even if it isn't by the high school quarterback.
(photos courtesy of Blake Gardner and punchstock.com)
Yours Truly -- Ann Hu