The language of luck

If you nail a commercial audition, your agent will call you to tell you one of three things:

1) The client likes you and you are "on hold" 2) The client likes you and they are "checking your availability" 3) The client likes you and they are "giving you first refusal"

I've been told all three of those things in my years on the commercial hustle, and all three have invariably ended up with someone else getting the job. Really, there's only one word you want to hear, and that's "booked." Then you want to sign something as fast as possible. Really, there's no guarantees until you're eating something off the craft services table on the day of the shoot.

I heard number three this week, a Bob Evans national TV spot that would have shot in fabulous Columbus OH. Big money for Noah diapers was put in my hands and then taken away in the span of a single day. I'm a little disgruntled. But never surprised.

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About Lance Baker

An actor and director in Chicago and on the road.

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