Wait, what?

On set, actors get paid to wait. They wait for production, they wait for the light, they wait for hair and make-up. They wait. Waiting is a natural occurrence of our everyday life. In some places it is more ridiculous than others, but still, quite normal. What is abnormal is that actors have figured out a way to get paid for it. Handsomely.

As much as it makes me cringe, I understand why they have to pay actors so much money. Frankly, they would have to pay me millions to spend an entire day…waiting. Then, after they wait, they speak into a microphone and call it a day. They don’t get to see the final product for months, years even.

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When I grow up

I received two rejections last week. Of the silent kind.

The rejection is normal, it is the silence that drives me batty. A quick thanks, but no thanks is truly the best way to go. I hate waiting by the phone. But, who cares, that’s not what I wanted to write about today. I wanted to write about something else.

I applied for a job today. And not just because the government makes me.

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I couldn’t answer

FRIEND ON THE PHONE: What’s your next move?

I filled the silence with a deep, drawn out “ummm” and followed it up with a full sigh.

I couldn’t answer the question. At that moment I felt like I was asked to choose a career and stick with it. Of course, that was not the intention of my friend, she was just being polite. She unknowingly held up a mirror with her question and I was reflecting all my insecurities.

“Uhh, well, I mean, you know, maybe, I can write and..”

Then, she felt like she had to help me out. You know you’re in trouble when a normal conversation turns into Whose Line is it Anyway?

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