Kristen Bellamy

Casting In The Park

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Do you ever wonder why we do certain things and end up in questionable places that seem to take us off course? Today, was one of those days. I was thrown off task by a last minute interview that my agent had scheduled and was fairly insistent I make. Since this is not my current Modus Operandi, I was resistant. Nowadays I carpool, write, produce, write, go to 4th grade sporting events, and write some more. You get the picture. Long gone are the days when I would spend all day running around on castings and eating at Hot Wings in between with my girls, dining on a 12 piece hot and an ice tea because that was all I could afford. We all remember the 90’s. Now my life has taken on a different path and it feels like another incarnation, a long way from where I used to be. But she found me, called and swore it would not be a cattle call, so I went.

I ended up pissed off and running late in traffic on the 405 trying to get to Santa Monica at 4pm, not smart as anyone living in LA knows. Just as I was negotiating a parking spot several blocks away I spotted a man and his daughter who offered to move up and make space for me to park. When we got out of the cars we had a New York moment, as I had parked so far away I literally had to walk through a park to get to the casting. As we were walking through the park together he asked where I was going and what was happening in that big building he always saw people coming in and out of. I told him it was a casting office and he said “see honey she’s an actress just like you want to be.” She smiled and blushed all at once. “Are you an actress” I asked? “Well, I’m the lead in the school play” she confessed. “That’s amazing” I said. “It all begins now” I told her “Never stop dreaming and following that feeling of joy you feel inside, when you’re doing something you love.” She giggled and ran off to play. “Thank you” her father said. “She needed to hear that, she’s been feeling insecure.” “No, thank you” I said realizing that maybe my purpose wasn’t the audition after all and this frenzied journey I had taken on the LA hell-way had not been in vain.

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