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Deeeeeeeeeep breath

I am always the first to say that acting is not hard work. There are times when it is, when it's emotional and exhausting, but let's face it: there are comfy chairs, people bringing you water/snacks/etc. at the snap of the finger, and lots of sitting around and goofing off while they figure out lights/sounds, etc.

And then there are the days when you work with a child actor. One that is sure of their awesomeness, that idea having been implanted by their cougar mother (who should not be wearing the miniskirt she is wearing, and who should not be flirting with the PAs, but is.) There are days when you hear said child actor, aged 10, laughing about how they crashed their father's golf cart (after mentioning all of the country clubs they belong to) because he knew his daddy would just buy him another one, and then put you on hold while grabbing his iPhone.

And there are the days when you perfect your dick joke telling skills to subvert the ears of said 10 year old and get the sound guys, the gaffers, and the guy sitting behind you holding up scenery to laugh so hard they have to wait to start filming.

Today was all of those days. And when I asked (jokingly, I hope you would know by now) that I required three pure white orchids held to my nostrils every 23 minutes I made a lighting guy bury his face in his lap to hide his laughter. Because they get those people, you guys. They actually exist. I'm glad to not be one of them. Ever.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm polishing off a FABULOUS bottle of Clayhouse Adobe Red (thanks again for the rec, it's one of my new faves) while my kids mop the floors. Ahahaha.

This post is brought to you by reading about slave ships from the 1600s where people were packed in with two feet of shoulder width/18 inches of height spaces for 12 week journeys. Appreciate the life you have, you know? I'll never understand people who are difficult...

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chrryblssmninja
May. 21st, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
wow.
stoney321
May. 21st, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah.
dovil
May. 21st, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
It almost felt like I was there: laughing, crying, pushing the child's head into a shallow pool of water as it struggled for air...
stoney321
May. 21st, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
And you WERE there with me! At least in spirit, because I have a voodoo doll I made out of your hair and nail clippings. Now dance for me, my monkey! DANCE!
huzzlewhat
May. 21st, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'll admit that I didn't get the joke, because I'm just that sheltered. :-( Although the kid sounds annoying as all get out.

But I'm really pleased that you found the Adobe Red and loved it — it's one of my faves!


stoney321
May. 21st, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
What joke? (If you mean the dick joke, I told it there, not in the post. *G*)

Oh my god, I LOVE this wine. Esp. for the price point. I wish I didn't have pricey tastes, but the Saint Emilion houses of Bordeaux call to me... Thanks for the rec!
huzzlewhat
May. 22nd, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
What joke? (If you mean the dick joke, I told it there, not in the post. *G*)

Oh, okay... I thought I was missing something with the Orchids. :-)

Oh my god, I LOVE this wine. Esp. for the price point. I wish I didn't have pricey tastes, but the Saint Emilion houses of Bordeaux call to me... Thanks for the rec!

Since we seem to have similar tastes in wine... do you like Zins? (Red Zins, of course!) 'Cause I had a McNab Ridge Zin last week that knocked me for six, and I've been telling all my wine-loving friends about it.


stoney321
May. 22nd, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
*adds to list*

COOL! Thanks for the rec! (You might be interested in a website called Snooth.com - it's where you can log your wines, find others opinions, etc. I quite like it.)
marlo
May. 21st, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
I required three pure white orchids held to my nostrils every 23 minutes

LOL!!

You're awesome.
stoney321
May. 21st, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
I also asked to have all white sofas in the green room that no one else could sit on. I wouldn't be sitting on them, but I wanted them in CASE. You just never know, Mar.
lynnenne
May. 22nd, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
I wish I could have been on the set with you to bask in your TOTAL AND UTTER AWESOMENESS. *waves a white orchid under your nose*
stoney321
May. 22nd, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
I'm telling you, I looked at that green screen with ALL THE LOVE IN MY HEART. No one can sit in a boat and look happy like me, Lynne. NO ONE.
lynnenne
May. 22nd, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
And I know that kid was scared shitless by ALL THE MURDER IN YOUR EYES. Especially when they green screened a knife in your hand, I bet that showed him!
entrenous88
May. 22nd, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Unpleasant kid! Eh, he'll get his someday!
stoney321
May. 22nd, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
We'll see - he's coddled by his family so much, and in the film industry, they do it, too, just to keep everyone moving forward.

What's funny was how he told me he just finished a movie with Gary Coleman, and how rotten Coleman was. WELCOME TO YOUR FUTURE, BUDDY. ;)
bu_doodlebug
May. 22nd, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! I KNOW WHO YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT!

God, YES.
stoney321
May. 22nd, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
Heh heh heh.

He liked me just fine, but that's because I have that Mama Bear thing going when I'm with kids. But whoo.... I gave my kids hugs and kisses when I got home, glad that they aren't materialistic. (BUt it's true: he films well.)
brunettepet
May. 22nd, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
Wow, that kid is going to make a fine adult! Entitled, much?

Only three pure white orchids? Sounds totally reasonable. I also like seltzer water with the bubbles removed.
stoney321
May. 22nd, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
Snerk. I need THREE hydrogens to each oxygen for my water....
kseenaa
May. 22nd, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Oh good lord... I am so glad I don't have to deal with people like that. I would go totally bitch on them, I am afraid.
sparky_ca
May. 22nd, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Movies are hard work
I once worked on a movie as an extra, I was in the band on a big dance scene. That experience killed any thoughts I ever had about being in movies. It also upped my respect for anyone who wanted to work in the business.
a2zmom
May. 23rd, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
Ah yes. Kids who think the world revolves around them and the parents who made them that way. Sounds like too many kids I've met.
hartlyn
May. 26th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
You didn't leave a comment link on your Memorial day post
but I wanted to express my condolences. One of my friends had a "Grandma Ruby" and said about her "everyone should have a Grandma Ruby." I envy those who were close to their grandmothers, as this was something I missed out on.

And congratulate you on your dick joke telling technique perfecting. That's talent, baby!

::Hugs and high-fives you::
stoney321
May. 27th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
Re: You didn't leave a comment link on your Memorial day post
*hugs*

Thank you very much.
ravenstar84
May. 28th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
"I am always the first to say that acting is not hard work. There are times when it is, when it's emotional and exhausting, but let's face it: there are comfy chairs, people bringing you water/snacks/etc. at the snap of the finger, and lots of sitting around and goofing off while they figure out lights/sounds, etc."

OOO...I beg to differ. :)

Then again, I'm still in school, and my acting training and whatever work I've done is with live theater. And it's never been with any main theater companies either where there's a decent size budget involved. Any extra work with hair and makeup, costumes, even taking down sets has had to be done by the actors as well to some extent. All in all, it's still good fun!

Maybe I missed something that was already said, but I'm dying know who this kid is where he's been. :D
stoney321
May. 29th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
Um....

firefighting > acting
being an EMT > acting
construction > acting
police work > acting
inner-city teaching > acting

I'm a paid actress (started in theater, do film/commercials now) and trust me: there are harder jobs out there. We pretend for a living, we don't put our lives on the line like soldiers, firefighters, etc. do every day, come on.
ravenstar84
May. 29th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Oh no no! Trust me, I was NOT trying to compare acting to jobs like firefighting and police work and what not. I know those jobs are much harder and I don't think I'd have the strength nor capability to do any of that. I was just trying to point out that acting, in it's own way, can be a tough job depending what you're doing. And I say the same thing about any art form because it takes a different kind of dedication and concentration. Actually, that same thing can be said for any other job really.

Anyway, I may have misinterpreted the point of your quote. I really didn't mean for my post to sound like I was comparing acting to even tougher jobs. So I apologize for that.
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