I took after-school acting lessons for several years in my youth and dreamed of one day being discovered. My drama partner (we used to take classes in pairs) went on to become a professional actor. I won’t name names, but he’s been in all of the Bridget Jones films and several blockbuster TV series.
I had a meeting with an agent in my teens, and even auditioned for a toilet tissue advert with my sister in my 20s (lucky escape that one!), but my big break never came.
So I just gave up on the acting dream and carried on with my life.
A few months ago, I was contacted by a casting director looking for women in their 40s with an interest in skincare, to audition for an online campaign for a well-known beauty brand. She wondered if I knew anyone.
We had a long chat on the phone, which I followed up with a short video, filmed on my iPhone. That led to a filmed face to face interview at the creative agency’s office and several weeks later a crazy day of filming.
Which leads me to this post, where I can at last reveal why I was wandering around the neighbourhood with a camera crew:
There were so many people in my house that day: a hair and makeup artist; the journalist to interview me for my piece to camera; a three-man camera crew; lighting and sound crew; two PR people representing the brand (Vichy) and a runner.
The living room was crammed full of equipment, furniture was moved, foundation applied and hair coiffed.
This is the result, which is now on the Vichy website for all to see:
Andy Warhol once said “In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.” I will have to make do with a 153 second appearance on a very small corner of the internet. I hope you like it. Vx