Monday, September 20, 2010

And Now I am an Actress . . .

Sorry, no pictures to document the above pronouncement but yes, I have entered into the world of acting.  Not paid acting or even my voice being heard acting but I am now an actress.

Last year, my husband sponsored a Candy Buy Back at his dental office.  Children could bring in their Halloween candy, we would weigh it and buy the kid's candy for a dollar a pound.  All of the candy is shipped over seas to soldiers, who use the candy to befriend local children in war zone areas, who in turn often tell the soldiers about dangerous areas to avoid etc.

Let me be clear, we are not anti-candy by any sort.  Trust me, a look in my freezer will show you several frozen bags of mini Reeses peanut butter cups, but we are anti-excessive amount of candy and pro-soldiers.  And, at the very least, we give parents another option about what to do with the tons of candy their kids collect every Halloween.  (Last year, it averaged 4 pounds of candy per child.)

Anyway, back to me being an actress.  Last year, a local news station did a story about my husband's office's candy buy back.   Later that year, that news channel came back to us and wanted to know if we wanted to buy air time to advertise our candy buy back as well as advertise our office in general.  Besides the commercials, Dentist husband would also get to sit at the table during a local woman's interest show and talk teeth.  We decided it would be a good thing and a commercial shoot was set up.  Enter me, wife of dentist, also known as free talent.

Last Friday, I had to get me and my children (also free talent) dressed, clean, hair combed, etc., to look good to be the extras in this commercial shoot.  Any mothers out there know that can be quite a feat, particularly when you have boys who can't seem to keep their clothes clean longer than about 5 minutes.

What part did I play you may ask?  I was "patient sitting in lobby area" and "mother carrying her young child (toothsome #4) into the waiting room up to the front desk."  So, you see I am a true actress because I had two parts, not just one.  I had no speaking parts, I never looked directly into the camera but I did have to force myself to have good posture (something I don't normally have) while I walked into the office.  I can say, I am just grateful I did not get the "lay back in chair with dentist's hands in my mouth" gig or the "smiling and nodding in the chair while the dentist explains I need major dental work done" gig either.  But, mother waiting in a dental office and exhausted mother taking my kids to the dentist, I can do.  Because I do, do it.  You see, art is imitating real life here folks, with the exception of my kids shirts being clean.

7 comments:

Marie said...

That's cool! When is it going to air??...

noelle said...

What channel are we talking?! I can't wait to see it.

The candy buy back is a fantastic idea in and of itself, but the whole soldier angle makes it seriously awesome.

jo said...

Any chance we can see this commercial at the film fest? or at the very least, over here in WI?

Kari said...

Well. NOW I'm impressed! Not only doing a good deed getting too much candy out of kids' hands, but ALSO starring in the film production!

(I am a little fearful for you, however: especially with advertising, won't you just have TRUCKloads of candy to mail off this year...?)

Janice said...

ABC 4 during Good Things Utah in October.
Kari: Last year we collected close to 400 pounds of candy. We take it to a place here and it is put on some huge cargo plane and flown overseas. One of our dental assistances is married to a career military man who arranges it for us.

jennie said...

Wow, that sounds better than my one shot at fame. I was a model in an infomercial for a makeup line. The make up was the wrong color for me and I ended up looking like a painted cadaver.

Paige said...

So FUN!!! Can't wait to see you in your television debut.