Posted by Kelli Joan Bennett
Day 280: Yesterday was supposed to be all about scene 6. Yes, “supposed to be” being the key words. I started out strong. I had a meeting with Producing Partner, got clear on exactly what the editing plan was for that scene, and clocked into my editing by 9am. Around 11am or so, I had a total hit on the opening line of an introduction I have to do tonight of another woman in my accomplishment group. I’ve been a bit stressed about this introduction because we were given no real guidelines except, “It doesn’t have to be long just an acknowledgement.” So, the opening came to me and so did the rest of it. I rushed to my other office and knocked off the introduction. I’m not into public speaking. I’m an actress. I always need a script.
I got the introduction written, worked on it a bit, felt good, went back to my editing. A couple hours later, I check my emails to find one from my manager. She’s excitedly letting me know I have an Eco-Audition for a lead in Tyler Perry’s new pilot for OWN. What the….? I get an audition as often as Halley’s Comet is visible from earth. So to get one this big that has to be taped and uploaded by 6am Monday morning on a super busy weekend when I have two big events in the next 72 hours, I mean, come on, what are the chances? When it rains it pours. Just when you think you can’t get any busier, you find out you can and you do.
Surprisingly, I didn’t totally melt down. I got excited. I mean, why not? This audition is like a lottery ticket, the odds are against me because I can only imagine they will be seeing thousands of actresses for this role but I have to play the ticket! I’ll work on my sides, tape the audition and send it off—all tomorrow. I called my A Little Bit Touched If You Know What I Mean Friend. She’s a really successful working actress who does this kind of thing all the time. She gave me a bunch of pointers and is going to try and work on the sides with me tomorrow morning via FaceTime. Just having that conversation made me feel so much better. Thank you, friend.
So here’s what I’m going to pretend: I’m going to pretend I can do all of these important things and do them in time and on time and do them brilliantly with confidence and grace and not stress out the whole time but relax and have fun. That’s a tall pretend order but I’m going to give it a shot.
Until tomorrow, create from what you have…why not?