A couple of days ago, mere hours before opening night, I get a call. "Can you be back in Ottawa on August 6th to meet with the Director of Photography of a major motion picture starring Elisabeth Shue in the hopes of getting a month-long job as a stand-in?"
This caught me a little off-guard. Sure, I had heard that they needed experienced stand-ins, but since I was in Calgary, I never thought I would even be considered.
I had hoped The Last Goddamned Performance Piece would have been accepted into the Edmonton Fringe Festival, which would have kept me out West until at least August 22nd. In between Calgary and Edmonton, I would have visited with my sister in Red Deer.
Since we didn't get into that festival and I had no return ticket home, I was still going to visit family and join the rest of my crew (who have now confirmed work with various other shows) in Edmonton for a bit.
I checked flight schedules. I called my mom. I talked to my cast & crew. If I leave right after our final (Goddamned) performance on Friday, I can just catch the last direct flight from Calgary to Ottawa.
I'm writing this from my sister's place in Red Deer. I've used my one day off in Calgary to come down and visit her and her new baby. I'll be heading back soon because I have a show to perform in tonight.
This feels so crazy sometimes, this business. Can you be consistently available? Can you drop everything and turn on a dime when a work opportunity presents itself? I know I can.
Welcome to the wonderful life of an actor!
In other news, Ottawa, I'll see you soon!