Last fall I lost 2 people, who were close to me, to cancer. One was an uncle-in-law, the other was a co-worker. Both were way too young. Both left behind young children. I learned an extremely important, crucial, valuable lesson from them which I will forever be thankful for.
After losing them, I came to a realization. One that everyone always talks about, but never really hit me. Life is short. Today really could be our very last day her on earth. I’m young(ish)! I have small children! It could happen to anyone at any time. It was a slap in the face, a light-bulb going off in my head, it was as if someone had shaken some sense into me, and I started to ask myself…If I died tomorrow, will I have been content knowing that I have done all I wanted to do in this life?
Of course not. I would like to meet the person who says yes to that question.
So then I thought…”What do I want to do that I haven’t done?” and I said to myself, “Being in a movie would be cool. Other people act in movies, why can’t I?” (This was long before writing a novel came to the forefront of my mind).
So, I did an internet search and found out that it’s very difficult to get information about an audition if you don’t have an agent. And if you don’t have experience, an agent won’t even consider representing you. And you can’t get experience without…Well, you know. It’s a vicious cycle.
However, I did find an audition for an independent film, without the help of an agent. I had a lot of fun with the cold read, and got a callback, and after the callback, I was offered a small role. Cool, huh?
The shoot was earlier this week, and since the role was a very small one, it was very quick. The entire process was such an incredible learning experience and I am truly, utterly, deeply grateful to have been able to do it. Thank you to Brandon Colvin and Moss Garden Productions for giving me a chance!
For more information about the film, go to Sabbatical’s website – click here.
To see the film’s IMDb page, click here.
Here are some thoughts I have been pondering about this experience: