I had my first speaking roll on a T.V. show today. Can you believe it? Me! I was sooo nervous! I hardly slept last night! I was terrified my alarm wouldn’t go off, so I kept waking up to check it. Then I was terrified I’d forget one of my three lines or mix up the names or something and call Mr. Dawson Mr. Mason and Mrs. Mason Mr. Dawson. My stomach was doing flip-flops all morning. I even arrived an hour early, which never happens.
I was so excited to go to hair and make-up and sit by the stars. But when I got there, my tongue felt like it was covered in peanut butter and I didn’t say a word. It’s kind of a strange feeling because everyone just assumes you know what’s going on, so you have to keep asking questions, like “Are you the hair person?” and hope you’re not talking to the producer who happens to be in the room talking to someone important. And then you’ve accidentally offended him and you think you’ll never work again! Not that that would ever happen, or that he’d notice me, or anything, but – I’m babbling. You also have to navigate your way through wardrobe and arrive just at the right time to wherever you’re supposed to be so you’re not late, but not infringing on someone else’s time. It’s all exciting but nerve wracking when you’re all the time worrying if all the lines will fly out of your head when you get on set…..
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- Written by: Joyce Storey