for a couple days. The main reason was to have roles as "extras" on the set of
CBS' soap opera, "GUIDING LIGHT"... Our local CBS affiliate tv station, WRAL
pulled the necessary strings and we were good to go.
My on air partners at the time, Schatzie and Angela, and I arrived at the
appointed time. The only "star" that was there at the time was actor Robert Newman,
a great guy whom I had met several times when he would come to Durham for the
annual Duke Children's Classic. We were briefed on our scene... It was set in a diner,
and we three would be in the background eating at our table while the principal
characters played out their scene in a booth. A "waitress" brought us cold coffee
and cold toast and we pretended as though we were eating, complete with
ad-libbed conversation along the lines of..."Can you believe we're on the set of
"GUIDING LIGHT" and we're pretending to eat cold toast and drink cold coffee?"
But suddenly, things changed. The director wanted me in the MAIN SCENE.
My BIG BREAK!!! "This is it!!!", I thought. My mind jumped to accepting an Emmy.
I was to be stage right and out of the shot initially. When the director yelled "Action!"
I would simply walk behind the character who was standing at the booth.
I took my place.
The director said, "Ready? ACTION!!!"
And.... I forgot how to walk.
Yes. You. Read. That. Correctly.
I swung my arms in sync with my legs. Right arm and leg forward. Same with the left.
Try it. It ain't easy.
I eventually got it right.
Still waitin' for that Emmy.