I know I need to be in bed right now (because I have a callback in the morning), but I took a long nap earlier, so hopefully excess sleep can be used as currency. I want to let y'all know how my shoot went.
Today I shot my episode of hit CBS show, "The Mentalist." My car is in the shop right now, so I had to enlist a friend to drive me to the set for my 5:48AM call. Of course, there was no traffic headed to Burbank at that time of the morning, so we got there very quickly. I ended up being about 20 minutes early, it was dark, there were a few crew people there, but nobody from production, and I couldn't find a trailer with my name on it, so I just wandered around the lot for about a half hour until somebody 'found' me, lol. Since I got dropped off at base camp instead of parking at crew parking, I didn't get coffee (!) or breakfast (!!) and I was a little worried about that, but production had someone go pick something up for me and all was well.
I got my makeup done, the hair person tried to "pat my hair down a bit" (HA!), I put on my bailiff uniform and headed to set for rehearsal at 7AM. I recognized the wardrobe team (because I've worked with them on "Boston Legal" and "Legally Mad," I recognized the director (Eric Laneuville) from my audition, and I recognized Robin Tunney from TV (she later came over and introduced herself to me)! Everyone was really nice, and I think I've worked enough now to formulate the opinion that this is the norm. I know we only hear about the sensationalized stories where someone is a screaming harpie throwing diva-tude everywhere, but so far, I have only seen one 'episode' that even came close (and still it was pretty mild), and have only had to interact with one nasty crew person. Don't believe the hype - most like to keep their drama onscreen. More on this in a later post (because I now have a better understanding of how a lot of little things can get blown out of proportion).
So, after rehearsal, I went to my trailer, ate my BLT & fruit, then went back to set to shoot at 7:30. I only had one scene and was WRAPPED before 11AM. It was just very professional, everyone came, did their thing and that was it! Not bad for a workday, huh? Still, I would prefer to have more scenes and MUCH more time on set. Still working toward that, but this was a nice, easy day working with great people on a great show.
I do find it interesting that I keep working on shows with Christian Clemenson (who I think is very talented). Unfortunately, he wasn't on set today, but he will be in "my" episode.
Right now, IMDb says that my episode will air on October 2, but casting has told me that the episode, entitled "Red Badge," will air on CBS on October 8. I'll let you know for sure when it gets close.
I have a commercial callback in the morning, so I'm off to bed now.
Every moment on set just makes me want to be on set more. That's how I know I'm on the right path.
Still enjoying the journey,