Over the years, I've done a few VO gigs that appeared within the framework of television shows. But, those gigs were always prerecorded or done in post production. Today, however, my role necessitated me actually being on the set of the sitcom Rules Of Engagement, performing live.
For anyone who thinks that working in Hollywood is a glamorous and leisurely endeavor, I can assure you that is a complete myth. First, as my "dressing room" demonstrates, the accommodations are not always top-shelf:
Plus, there is a LOT of sitting around and waiting. I've gotten used to the usual VO agenda - get in, get it done, and get out. But today, as is often the case with on-camera gigs, I sat around for six hours before I got to do my thing. Then, there was about 40 minutes of rehearsal and blocking of shots (with about 15 read throughs) before the actual recording (2 takes and and 3 minutes) took place - on the set and with about 50 extras and the cast surrounding me.
The upside, besides the booking itself, was reading my lines with David Spade and working with a great group of professionals - both in cast and crew. Plus, the next time a "normal" VO job takes a little longer than usual, I will definitely look back upon this one for some perspective.
As for the good news, I came home to find out that I now have agent representation in Portland, Oregon with Ryan Artists. They will join my stable of agents in LA (TGMD), NY (Access Talent), and Chicago (DeSanti Talent). Today was definitely a good day! Long ... but, very good!!