Saturday, April 7, 2007

That blog I promised you...

Ok, so it has been more than a month since I blogged about 30 Rock. By neglecting to post Part III in a timely manner, I have sufficiently built it up which makes what really happened come nowhere near the story you have, no doubt, created in your mind 9was that a run-on sentence?)

My sincerest apologies- because Part III is really not THAT interesting. With that said, here is the finale...

I was on a bit of a high after that day of shooting. I mean, come on. Alec, I mean, AB, I mean A, made me blush. I confidently gave my business card to a TV mega director... all the while getting PAID. Life seemed pretty good, until my actor nerves started to get the best of me (and they always do)...

Erin’s Brain: “Was it too forward of me to hand my business card to the director? Did that make me appear desperate? No, I’m sure he took it for what it was worth- an actor doing some basic self promotion. But, what if he was just kidding about wanting to see me come in for auditions? Or, what if he doesn’t event remember saying that to me? What if he thinks I’m stalking him? (Gasp!) My demo is not up to date- I don’t have any recent film work on there, and there is nothing but cabaret stuff to show my comedic chops. Argh!”

I immediately logged on to my website and started making changes, most notably to my Demos page. I cut together some clips from some theatre audition I had on tape, and uploaded “The Manager,”my 10 minute one-woman show. I spruced things up in case he did, in fact, stop by.

I also prepared a submission for the casting company that handles “30 Rock.” I fretted over what wording I should use in the cover letter, and after about 30 minutes finally settled on this:

“I have worked several times with Don Scardino on “30 Rock,” most recently as a stand-in for Jane Krakowski. After being selected for a featured background role in an intimate scene, he pulled me aside to say that he would like me to read for him for a principal role. So, I wanted to be sure to give you my updated information in case he asks to see me for an upcoming episode.“

About a week later, I got a call from the background casting director, who asked me if I would be available to go back in for a day of stand-in work for “30 Rock.” Of course I said yes. I was excited to see all of the people I was starting to get to know. I got to the set, grabbed the sides for the day, had my (free!) breakfast, and waited for things to start. I heard someone say hello to me, and I turned to find Don, the director. Then he said some magic words, “Hey, I looked at your stuff. Very impressive.”

Jaw dropped.

Unfortunately, being around him still made me very nervous and when I feel that way I have a hard time holding an adult conversation. I replied, saying something like,:

“Oh. Wow. Thanks. My web counter thanks you for stopping by.”

What??? My attempt to be funny instead appeared awkward.

“So, yeah, wow. Thanks again. You know, I figured, what the heck, right? I didn’t know if I would see you again, so I just thought that I could pass on my info in case you needed it, for any reason...”

He cuts off my psycho-babble: “That’s what you have to do, you know? It’s good. I’m convinced that that is what you have to do to get ahead. I mean, if I know your work, if I know who you are, it makes it easier when I am casting a role and I see your headshot come across my desk. Then I’m like, ‘Oh, I know her. I’ll call her in if she is right for the role.’ So, it’s a good thing.”


Crisis averted. And I stopped babbling. I think next time I will be able to just say, “Thanks. How are you doing today?” like a normal human being.

I worked for about 4 hours that day, then got to go home mid afternoon to enjoy the rest of my day. And, of course, the SAG contract stipulates that you are paid for a full day of work, so I was pretty happy. AND, my promotional efforts seemed to have paid off. I haven’t gotten a call to audition yet. I’ll be sure to let you know when that happens. And I won’t wait so long next time...


  1. Oh! THERE you are! I was getting worried about you missy. Next time you stay out late like that you better call!

  2. And by the way, awesome end to the story! That is about as good as it gets in real life. Fingers crossed, and I'll check out the new demos!


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