A Somervillain Thereminist in White Castle’s Court: The Voyage Home

Feb. 21, 2007: Got to LAX at 7am for my 8:45am flight, only to find that it had just been canceled. Luckily, I was able to get another flight that would have me back in Somerville only a few hours later than scheduled. Otherwise, my voyage home was uneventful. It gave me time to reflect on the last few days. Everyone was so kind and patient! There are lots of people not already name-checked who I should mention: Gabrielle, the casting director, who gratiously tolerated my repeated emails asking for status updates; Chip, the assistant director, who let me use his office to practice in, and emailed me the storyboard drawings moments after I asked; Dana, the assistant wardrobe stylist, who made sure that they didn’t accidentally keep any of the costume clothes I’d brought with me; Ed, the VTR operator, who printed out a stack of still images from the shoot for me to take home as souvenirs; and, most of all, Jim, the production supervisor, who made sure everything ran smoothly, but apologized profusely when even the slightest thing went awry. They knew I’d never done anything like this before, and they went out of their way to make me feel comfortable. I think they got a kick out of the fact that I wasn’t (and wasn’t looking to become) a professional actor. I was probably a breath of fresh air to them. Jim emailed me yesterday about something and closed with, “Hope you enjoyed the experience and perhaps someday we’ll meet again.” I can say with complete sincerity that I don’t think my experience could have been any better! While I doubt that we’ll ever meet again, who knows? Maybe I’ll be the next Fred the Baker….

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