It happened at 8:04pm Central Standard Time. I was in rehearsal for the high school production of 12 Angry Jurors that I'm directing. Meanwhile, my friends and family were tuned in to NBC, texting me congratulations and pictures of their viewing parties.
My highest profile job to date was two lines. I will have those two lines etched into my brain for life. To anybody who doesn't know me, they'll blink and miss me - which is ideal. My purpose was simply to move the story along. As they say in the biz, sometimes you just have to "deliver the pizza." As an actor, I'm trained to dig deep and express my deepest emotion, but in this job, I just needed to "deliver the pizza" and not overthink it. I think I achieved that.
And so it goes. 12 Angry Jurors opens next Friday, I start rehearsals at Oak Park Festival Theatre next week, and at Lifeline Theater the following week. I'm taking On-Camera 3 at Vagabond, and working on editing more film clips into a reel.
Bring on those auditions!