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.

Err, HELLO!

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:

153 seconds of fame - A post about my very brief appearance on a small corner of the internet and how I came to star in a short film for L'Oreal

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.

153 seconds of fame - A post about my very brief appearance on a small corner of the internet and how I came to star in a short film for L'Oreal

The living room was crammed full of equipment, furniture was moved, foundation applied and hair coiffed.

153 seconds of fame - A post about my very brief appearance on a small corner of the internet and how I came to star in a short film for L'Oreal

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

You can see my video and others like it on the Vichy hub by clicking on this link.

153 seconds of fame - shooting a video for L'Oreal

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153 seconds of fame - A post about my very brief appearance on a small corner of the internet and how I came to star in a short film for L'Oreal