Back in the ’90s I worked in Hollywood for a number of years. During that time I was fortunate enough to have been involved in several great TV shows in “Tinseltown”. (I still have no idea why they call it Tinseltown. I never saw any tinsel hanging from trees, and they didn’t manufacture it there. I look forward to your emails.) Little did I know that I would soon witness the best and the worst of it. Please don’t get me wrong. It’s not all bad. I met and worked with some nice and very talented people, and keep in touch with a few of them to this day. (Sorry, no celebrity stories will be told in this blog post. So there! Again, I look forward to your emails.) But unfortunately, it can be a very hard and difficult industry.
Why am I writing about this, you ask? (Go ahead, say that out loud right now. It’ll freak out the person sitting next to you at Starbucks!) I’m writing this because of what I realized this past weekend while I was acting in the October CUE Box that we were shooting. I sat there in between takes realizing how much I LOVE doing this. Sure, there’s pressure to get it done on time, and get it done right. But it never reveals itself in a negative or mean way by ANYONE involved in the shoot. If an actor forgets a line, they aren’t yelled at or embarrassed by the director. (No, it wasn’t me—this time.) Instead, they’re shown patience and encouragement. If a scene gets flubbed and we have to do it over again and again, I’ve never seen anyone on the crew roll their eyes in frustration, or talk behind anyone’s back. They just go with the flow, and maybe use their inside voices. (I mean really, we’re all human.) No actors make silly demands for cheese trays and lattes, or act like divas. We really do have a lot of fun being with each other and encouraging each other. For instance, in the episode we were shooting we were all telling one of the characters how much they’d helped us and how much we cared for them. In reality, we could have said those same things to the actor. I hope that’s evident in CUE Box and any of our products, because that kind of experience happens all the time here.
Working in Hollywood gave me some great memories. But working with everyone here at Orange makes this the best job I’ve ever had! (And I’m not just saying that because Reggie probably reads these. I look forward to Reggie’s emails.)