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EXCERPTS FROM
LITTLE FISH IN A BIG POND

A SUPPORT GUIDE FOR ACTORS



One of my biggest pet peeves is actors who try to psyche out other actors in the waiting room. They say how much they've been working, or that they just came from five auditions, and all they've been up to in the past week. Whatever the motive, this verbal combat doesn't help anybody, and it's just not a cool thing to do.

Asked if she had any horror stories to reveal, Tory Herald, casting director, said, "I had an actor pull a gun on me in a reading once. He came in for this villain in a movie. He was a very intense actor. He was just reading for me in front of the producer and director, and it was this scene where he was going to murder somebody. He was standing pretty close to me, about four or five feet, and in the middle of the scene, he pulled this gun on me, walked over to me, and stuck it in my temple. I stopped the reading, obviously..."

OPEN MOUTH, INSERT FOOT

My friend, Roger Hewlett, was working on a movie, "Roadhouse." He had a small part, but his character was seen in many scenes. We, the perpetually broke, die for this. A job like this usually gives us the money we need to live on for the next six months. It also covers our health insurance. Roger was about a week into the shoot, seeing the same people every day. One man in particular stood out to him because he was just a nice, friendly guy.

On this day, Roger asked him, "Hey, who are you on this show, anyway?"

"The director," the man answered.

MORAL: Careful what you say; you never know whom you're talking to.


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