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  • Once in a lifetime...

    Can't sleep, wore a hole in the carpet pacing, so I am writing about my once in a lifetime event today.

    Last Friday, I received an email from my USMMA alumni foundation with a link they received. The link was for a casting call looking for mariners to fill speaking roles and lend some tech advice for a new Sony motion picture film being cast called "Maersk Alabama" starring Tom Hanks as Capt. Richard Phillips. The link had descriptions of the roles and required info to submit. I thought how cool would that be to have a bit role in a major film. I googled the film and saw that they have been casting nationally for months so I closed the email and went home for the weekend. Mentioned it to my wife after dinner and she brushed it off with a smile.

    Sunday morning I woke up early, walked the dog, ate, read the paper, and had a clean slate for a football only Sunday. Had 2 hours to kill before kickoff so I opened up the laptop and started reading about the day's games. I checked my emails and the casting call email was still on top of my work email inbox. I thought to myself that I had nothing to lose and put together a quick resume, found some pics to add, wrote a short cover letter, and clicked send. Thought for a few minutes what it would be like to be part of a movie shoot until my son plopped down and all thoughts quickly turned to NY Giant Football (surprise!).

    Fast forward to 7pm tonight. Wife calls down the stairs to make sure I DVR American Idol and before I grab the remote my cell rings. The number is from NYC and I do not recognize it. Wavered about hitting talk or letting it go to voicemail to screen the caller. DVR is now set and hit the talk key on the last ring. " Hi, is Richard available?" Not a familiar voice and no one calls me Richard. "Who is calling?" Prepared to deny Richard's existence. "This is Elizabeth on behalf of Sony casting and I would like to speak with him regarding a role..." Before she finished I jumped in "Hi I'm Rich, errr Richard, whatever...It's great to meet you, ummm I mean hear you, get your call..." I was like a grade schooler in his first performance in a school play.

    I collected myself and spoke with her for 20 minutes about the film details and she stated " we love your experience and access to the Merchant Marine community, and your pictures resemble who we envision for the role of 2/M Quinn. It has 5 lines and several scenes. Can you memorize the lines and come into the City Saturday and read for the part?"

    Well, It's almost 5 hours later, I called everyone in my contact list, and I am still hitting refresh every minute or two on my email waiting for the directions and lines to memorize! I've gone through several phases from excitement to fear to absolute terror to scattered mind racing madness.

    I am not convinced I will be able to remain composed under pressure, but i am gonna give it my best and enjoy the experience at the very least.

    Hope I don't break a leg before Saturday

    Anyone wanna talk? I'll probably be up all night!
    ACTA NON VERBA​

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    Re: Once in a lifetime...

    Awesome! What a great opportunity!







    Break a leg Saturday!
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    • #3
      Re: Once in a lifetime...

      Sounds like life is good and about to get better.

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        Re: Once in a lifetime...

        Congrats! That's just awesome and well deserved for serving our country.
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        • #5
          Re: Once in a lifetime...

          Originally posted by angus63 View Post

          Well, It's almost 5 hours later, I called everyone in my contact list, ....




          Oh, so 5 hours later you get around to us here on iboats?


          Sounds like fun. Even if you don't get the film role, you could surely contribute to the screen play and director's insight.


          Good Luck.
          Medford, WI


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          • #6
            Re: Once in a lifetime...

            That sounds exciting! Well played, and I too thank you for your service!

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            • #7
              Re: Once in a lifetime...

              Thats really cool Angus! Maybe one day soon we can all pester you for an autograph. Hope you get the part. Good luck!
              Anything is possible if you don't know what you're talking about!

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              • #8
                Re: Once in a lifetime...

                Outstanding!!! Good luck!

                Having worked on many movies myself .......... You will get a kick out of the mayhem on the set

                QUIET ON THE SET............

                ROLLING.........

                ACTION......

                CUT!
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                • #9
                  Re: Once in a lifetime...

                  Man, that sounds cool as all heck!!
                  Good Luck. Make us proud!



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                  • #10
                    Re: Once in a lifetime...

                    GO FOR IT !! When one of these life opportunities comes around, jump in with both feet. Congrats!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Once in a lifetime...

                      That's AWESOME!! Congratulations!

                      Like Bob said, you'll have a great time just being "inside" the action (I've done a little independent work myself + stage stuff). Have a great time.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Once in a lifetime...

                        Aw man, weren't we going fishing Saturday????? LOL!

                        Have fun Richard, Rich, er whatever! LOL! Did they tell you that 2/M Quinn was the movies "Gomer Pyle"?

                        Enjoy the moment and remember we all want invites to opening night!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Once in a lifetime...

                          Thanks all!
                          Trying to teach my labs well and get home to stare at the mirror and repeat myself over and over. Apparently acting is a lot like marriage!!!!
                          ACTA NON VERBA​

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                          • #14
                            Re: Once in a lifetime...

                            That is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity! Congrats to you, and I hope it turns out to be all it can.

                            I can relate on the anticipation for that kind of thing..I got a call once from a producer that was considering our business for a reality show but it never panned out. I just got to lose sleep over the experience.
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                              Re: Once in a lifetime...

                              Originally posted by roscoe View Post
                              Oh, so 5 hours later you get around to us here on iboats?


                              Sounds like fun. Even if you don't get the film role, you could surely contribute to the screen play and director's insight.


                              Good Luck.
                              Guess we know where WE stand. Go for it, angus. Good luck.

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