Friday March 20, 2009
2009 had been a bare year to this point.
Apart from two USC student films
(Happy Birthday Johnny
and being cast in two indie short films
The Invention of Coffee, the latter of which lost funding at the last moment),
actual paying SAG work had yet to materialize, residuals for my
notwithstanding, as that was filmed the previous November and began airing February 1st during the Super Bowl.
My calling service had provided me with the information for an interview down at Paramount at 7pm, which was a good thing as I'd had a 3:45pm commercial audition.
The directions, as usual, were for people with cars
(and I use public transit),
so my arrival at the address given turned out to be the wrong address.
I knew it was too far north to be Paramount, so I kept on down Gower until I came to the correct entrance.
The uneducated rent-a-cop "security" guard chose to demonstrate being severely mentally challenged when he decided an expired passport meant I was no longer me.
as in shape as this guy
(e.g., Robert from the then-current season of Hell's Kitchen),
didn't help his case.
As I tried getting a signal to notify my calling service that I was being barred from the audition, fat-head security guy called up and someone came down to escort me in.
I do want to update and get a current passport, but available applications have applicants falsely declaring themselves as 14th Amendment-defined, second-class "US Citizens," meaning
Property Of The State,
as opposed to the other way around.
As all I knew was my being interviewed for possibly being chosen to play a "Bingo caller," while being brought up to a waiting area, I inquired as to the project, which I was told was a new Fox TV series titled
would air in May, and the series would begin in the fall.
After a few minutes in the waiting room with several others being interviewed, soon vouchers were brought in for us to fill out for the interview.
The Bingo caller role was first up; I went in second.
I'm not sure why I chose to do it this way, but as the director described the action the Bingo Caller would be doing, instead of my waiting for the full set of directions and then doing it, I slightly turned from him, and did the action as he described it, essentially having him talk me through it.
It just seemed natural, and apparently he found it both amusing and natural as well.
"That's exactly it," he said, thanking me and shaking my hand again.
I went back to the waiting room, and the AD or PA guy came in and asked for a still/digital photo of me for reference.
Actually it turned out I had been selected, but someone must have missed telling me officially.
For all I knew I'd hear about it in a day or so, but the guy taking my photo began giving me details as I left, which is when I "found out" I'd booked the gig.
From the action description during the actual interview, I figured they'd managed to retain my being Featured Background instead of an actual Vocalizing Bingo Caller, which would have had me as a Day Player.
I was told the shoot would be one day, on Thursday, at a Bowling Alley in Eagle Rock.
I knew Eagle Rock well, and the only bowling alley of which I knew was right by
where I had once worked...
I confirmed with my calling service regarding the booking, and at home clarified even if it was a substantiall early call, at least I could get to the Eagle Rock Boulevard bowling alley I knew.