A few weeks ago while cleaning out a box, I came across this: my Walt Disney World Monorail Co-Pilot License.
From time to time, while working for Walt Disney World Entertainment, friends and family would come to visit and I would take a few days off to "play" in the parks with them. One of my favorite memories involves a visit by my dad. During a particular trip by a monorail, we were selected by the pilot to ride in the front cab. To ride in the front cab of a Disney monorail train is to have one of the best views of the Disney park system. It's a mobile panorama showcasing the beautiful and innovative planning behind the world's foremost theme park. (Did you know the entire Disney monorail system was constructed in six months, in time for the 1971 Walt Disney World opening?) The cab is tiny, so only one or two guests at most are selected for this unique experience. Hopefully one day, if the timing is right, you too may be plucked from the queue to become a monorail "co-pilot" and receive this special license.
Today's industrial video shoot was an efficient one--one which had me in hair and makeup before my call time because I arrived early and the previous scene had just wrapped. Such are the shoots I enjoy most. However, the quote of the day belongs to the stylist who commented as she was taming my multiple stray hairs on the green-screen set, "I'm going to have to spray you to death [with hairspray], so I'm apologizing to you in advance."
I covered my ears and chuckled, noting I might use her apology in a blog entry. Immediately she retorted, "Well, please say that I only mean it in the best sense."
- review lines
- select five wardrobe options as requested per client
- iron said five wardrobe options
- tame hair (for the green screen and the benefit of the stylist)
- sleep well
- map route to studio
This week I had a last-minute gig come up, no audition necessary. (Thanks casting director!) The day was rather harried. With four commercials to be shot in one day (I was in one of them), the waterfront location was a bit crazy. While I hung out with the other talent, we got to watch the assembly of two different sets for the shoot, as well as a wedding rehearsal and three different wedding site tours, which were completely unrelated to the commercials. I also took a seaside stroll.
These spots are a first for the company which specializes in online-accessible on-demand printing of a multitude of materials. Each of these commercials will be used in a test market and if things go well then other markets will be added to the media buy. All use comedy and misdirection to grab the attention of the viewer. I got to work with the very funny Walter Mudu while carrying a beautiful, large, and rather cold and heavy floral arrangement. My pecs are sore, but I had a great time. The crew were a professional and lovely bunch, who never hesitated to chime in with laughter and groans where necessary. Beautiful weather, hardworking cast and crew, and a fun job make for a great day.
Oh! I also had an audition on Friday morning for something I never dreamed of: behind-the-scenes features on a DVD. Who knew they audition for those things? I didn't...
Last week I had two great audition opportunities: one for a national commercial and the other for a regional spot for a client with whom I've worked previously.
For the national spot, I had one line to deliver. So at random times during the preceding day I would just spout out my line, no matter the location, ensuring I had it well-committed to memory. Doubtlessly some passersby may have found me odd. Oh, well. The potential outcome was more important to me: I could shoot a commercial with national exposure with a well-known commercial personality! The audition was a different experience altogether, involving lots of waiting, last-minute knowledge that we were called to audition on the wrong day, and a "group audition" in which all competing female talent were in the audition room simultaneously, watching each other's auditions. Ick ick ick. Reflecting on the whole event though, I feel confident in my performance despite the conditions.
For the regional spot, I entered the audition room and recognized the client immediately. I slated my name and information as requested, providing profile shots and views of my hands. Since this was a no-information-in-advance audition, I gave the best performances and interpretations I could, applying the direction given between takes, and leaving the room with that I-don't-know-how-I-did notion.
I haven't heard anything about either audition, so I'm thinking I didn't get any and it may be due to my hands. They're kind of wrinkly.