Wednesday, January 10, 2007

How Bill Sanders saved my life

Firstly: I am on an LU French keyboard so I apologize for the MLAish Formal Essay writing style of this post as I cannot use contractions.

I have been working at the LU Bookstore of late (more on this subject later) and after work yesterday I made a mad dash to the Acting for the Camera class at Thorneloe. Why? Long story. A clue: I thought that the activity of the day would be watching the movie that was made at the end of last year, however the class was doing something else.
Bill invited me to join in as each student got in front of the camera, and with the lense inches from our face he proceeded to tell us all what he saw. In particular whether a casting director would give us the time of day.
It was too late to run.

I have long been informed that I am not a female romantic lead. I do not pretend that I am (though I have let myself get crushed by this the odd time). It is difficult to accept when one has a passion to act that she will always be type cast as mean teachers, drunks and assistant directors because she is a ¨character actor¨. As Bill so eloquently noted ¨See Steve Buchsemi will not play a male romantic lead, because he is an ugly motherfucker¨. Sigh.

In classic Liz-defensive style I tried to avoid going in front of the camera and on my way up I made cracks about how Bill was going to break my heart by telling me I would never be a Juliet. I got in front of the camera and Bill said ¨Wow Liz, I am surprised, you can TOTALLY be a female romantic lead.¨

And I thought: ¨WHY DID I NOT TAKE THIS CLASS THREE YEARS AGO?!¨ You know when I still had a shred of self-confidence to build on? Hm, perhaps that would have been more like ten years ago.


It is probably a good thing that the bookstore job is only temporary. I really do not belong there:

Student: I am looking for American Popular Music for Music in Pop II
Me: Oh god, you DO NOT need to buy that book. He just lectures straight from the text every class and it is stupidly easy.

Student: This text book is expensive, but I really want a fun elective this semester.
Me: You should take Theatre Movement. It is super fun and there is no text!

Student: Holy crap, $260 for Quantum Physics!
Me: Yeah, but if you had a PhD in Quantum Physics, would you want to charge people $260 for your brilliance?

Good looking male student: Hey your name is Liz right? We met on the bus!
Me: Heh, uh.. yeah... me... yes... me Liz.

Plus I wander around the store during down-time and read text books. Because I am a NERD.

1 comment:

Andrew J. Root the First said...

Egghead likes her booky-wook!