Monday, February 23, 2009

Blink !

I'D LIKE TO NOMINATE MYSELF FOR
AN OSCAR IN THE CATEGORY OF...
"BLINK OF AN EYE".
FOR A CAREER BEGUN AND OVER,
WITHIN THAT AMOUNT OF TIME.
X
THERE IS A MOMENT THAT ACTUALLY EXISTS,
THAT DIDN'T LAND ON THE CUTTING ROOM
FLOOR, BECAUSE IT WAS A VERY IMPORTANT
PART OF THE PLOT. I PLAYED MY ROLE
FLAWLESSLY, THE STAR HAD TO DO
SEVERAL TAKES. I'M ONLY SAYING.
X
Being discovered and auditioning
at the same time:
Hanging out with girlfriend. Wow!! 29 years ago!!
Sidewalk cafe, Ruelle's, Columbus Avenue
Upper West Side, NYC. Hot summer
afternoon, I'll work tomorrow.
All tables taken, sunglassed eyes sweeping
over every passerby.
x
Lots of equipment, cameras, etc. blocking the
sidewalk. "Hey, what's the movie?"
"Chapter Two, Neil Simon's story.."
"With?" "Marsha Mason". Pointing starts.
Pointing at me. Director sends assistant over
to my table. " Would you like to be in this scene?
all you have to do is react, turn your head, when
Ms. Mason runs by your table. OK? No pay".
x
I say OK. Why not? Something to talk about,
TWENTY NINE YEARS LATER?
We do it. Marsha runs past my table, my
head turns to observe. "Cut". We do it
again. And again. It's alright with me, I'm sitting,
she running. My very long curly red hair is
floating like a nimbus in the breeze, it's why
I'm in the scene. It always comes down to that.
Fourth take, that's the one. Thanks from the
assistant, a nod from the director, nothing
from Miss Mason. She's in the trailer.
x
I'm given a business card to go to the Studio
to pick up some photos they'll have of me in
the scene. Swell! Except pics exist for every
scene in every movie ever made, except mine!
But... you can catch a stellar performance by my
hair if you ever rent "Chapter Two". Towards
the end of the movie, red hair, glasses, head turn...
you can't miss me.
x
BLINK OF AN EYE!
And the winner is.......





22 comments:

Jeane said...

good morning Lyn - oh, what an unexpected happening in your day those years ago - loved this story!

Lyn said...

Jeane-
The Oscars last night reminded me of my "movie" career! Thanks..

Marie Reed said...

This was just captivating! It really sucked me in:)

Lyn said...

Marie Reed-
It's fun to remember some things..thank goodness!

Deedee said...

Bravo, Lyn! Very cool :)

Lyn said...

Thank you so much, Deedee, I really appreciate that!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

What an amazing event, Lyn! Your very long curly red hair sounds beautiful.

Lyn said...

Raph-
Thank you so much, but alas... through the years it became longish straightish blond hair...hmmm...

BJ Roan said...

Great story! Did you quit your day job? ;)

Lyn said...

BJ Roan-
Thank you..
Quit? nah..I was working free-lance, easy to goof off!

KrissyKristina said...

Thanks :)Not sure where it's going, but it's fun. Awesome post.

Natalie said...

Oh! So now you are clever,nice AND famous.

I am truly honoured! Indeed I am.

LOVE red curly hair too,how cool!♥♥

Lyn said...

KrissyKristina-
Believe me, I am usually going to "fun". Thank you so much!

Natalie-
A very quiet "fame" indeed. Suits me fine!
Hair has changed, time marches on, it's OK.
I love your response..thanks.

willow said...

This was fun! My daughter is an opera singer and goes through so many audtions every year. It's so emotionally tough. I don't think I could do it.

Lyn said...

Thank you Willow-
My kids have been "show business" for real, and auditions!!! I was not "for real", but a lot of fun stuff used to come my way. Memories.....

Lyn said...

PS for Willow-
If you'd like, you can check an old post of mine,"Another Horror Flick", Jan. 24, to see where an audition went!

A Cuban In London said...

Well, I say, may I congratulate you on such a well deserved accolade? :-)

Greetings from London.

CLAY said...

Have you ever performed anywhere Lyn?

Lyn said...

A Cuban-
I so appreciate your kind words.
Thank you!

Lyn said...

Clay-
Inside info says, "don't let this woman perform"! All of my friends were in the performing arts. My best pal wrote a role for me as the French maid. Who could mess that up?
I was with Amer.Creative Theater, wrote,directed, presented FUNNY play. I am a star in my own mind.
Thanks for asking!!

Derrick said...

Hello Lyn,

SO, you've been holding out on us?! Can't we get your moment of stardom on You Tube?

Perhaps we should get the Oscars to have a 'Best Extra' (or even 'Extra Best'!!) category - if you will accept that title!

Lyn said...

Derrick-
Thank you so much for the ideas..definitely accept for, ta da, Extra Best Extra!!!
YouTube, that would be a surprise to me, but you never know!

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