Once Upon A Time…..

I had a pretty interesting job.

That’s not to say that the job I have now is not interesting, but the job I had once upon a time sounded interesting when I told other people about it.

The job was actually fun, although stressful, but the commute into Los Angeles almost killed me.

It was my first job where I made decent money, and since I didn’t have the time to spend the money I made, the situation seemed perfect.  On paper.  The reality was though, that there were things about the job that I just did not like, and felt uncomfortable with.

There were also parts of the job I loved.  I used to LOVE to watch the Foley artists doing their job.  I loved eating lunch at famous places like The Ivy.    Once I even got to do a voice-over scream for an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (my daughter does not believe this, but it is true).

I didn’t last long at the job……..a year.  One day I just quit.  I didn’t go to work.  Instead I sent them a fax resigning.  As of that moment.  When I was 21 my conscience let me do things like that.

I worked at a studio that did Post Production Sound for movies and Television.

The studio was located in a building in the heart of Hollywood that housed other studios where musical artists and actors frequented.  So, every day I’d see someone famous.  If they weren’t in the studio I worked for, I’d see them in the lobby or in the elevators headed to get interviewed by a prime time host.

Since I decided to write this post based on one of Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop Prompts today, I should probably tell you a few tidbits about the actors.  LIKE:

  • Lots of the male actors I met were short.  And scrawny.
  • Most of the actors that came into the studio acted totally down to earth, but as soon as they walked out the doors and into the public eye I could actually see a transformation as they stepped back into their “persona”.
  • Most of the actors that I met that *used* to be famous but were no longer were difficult.  They still acted like they had the world on a platter, but didn’t and it was annoying verging on  repulsive.
  • a few actors I met  had very poor hygiene.
  • once an actor came to the studio at 9 am for work, drunk.
  • the actress who played Elvira and Henry Winkler were the nicest actors I met.
  • I didn’t met anyone who was wildly famous at the time.

I should also tell you that although the  job I had then sounds totally interesting to many, the job I have now FAR surpasses anything of interest that happened back then.

And that’s that.

About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}

Comments

  1. 1
    Erin
    Twitter: ErinsMiracles
    says:

    Sounds like a ton of fun at 21!! And how cool that you were a voice over for Buffy! And I agree, more often than not, the actors have very poor hygiene!

  2. 2

    Angie! You’ve kept some secrets from me! Sounds like a ball. I’ve told Johanna lots of nice things about you (all true) and if she reads you did a Buffy gig, she’ll love you for life, ha ha ha (she’s a serious Buffy fan, honestly, I have never watched it, so I can’t give an opinion). Sounds like there must be a story to the day you quit. I have one of those…..I’ve probably already shared it with you.

  3. 3
    Maureen
    Twitter: tattertots06
    says:

    Sounds like a fun job! LOL on the actor’s poor hygiene part.
    .-= Maureen´s last blog ..Chasing Away Bad Dreams =-.

    • 4
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      And let me just tell you that I could smell him from a mile away. 🙂

  4. 5
    Holly L
    Twitter: 504main
    says:

    (For the most part) All the male actors are short! I used to laugh (inside) when I met or saw one because I was like “I can squash you like a bug.” (I’m tall…just in case no one got that)
    .-= Holly L´s last blog ..Swapping It Up For Spring =-.

  5. 7

    I bet your Buffy scream comes in handy from time to time as a mom of five. Especially on days when you feel like faxing in your resignation. =>
    .-= Stacia´s last blog ..It Takes a Pit Crew =-.

  6. 9
    Scary Mommy says:

    So, who have you met after that was wildly famous?! You are such a tease!!
    .-= Scary Mommy´s last blog ..I’m not really an idiot, I just have 3 children =-.

  7. 10

    That would be an awesome job for a young adult!
    .-= Angie´s last blog ..5 years ago today =-.

  8. 12
    Life with Kaishon says:

    Short people are nice!
    Loved your post.
    You are so interesting Angie!
    .-= Life with Kaishon´s last blog ..ching-a chang-a Change-a =-.

  9. 14
    Laurie Johnson says:

    Once again you surprise me! Whether you are blogging about your kids, your”former” life 🙂 or breakfast you always make it interesting. Keep sharing.:)

  10. 16
    parenting BY dummies
    Twitter: thenagainphoto
    says:

    I wish I woulda used my time in L.A. more wisely. As I lived there most of my life, I never really thought anything about actors being around and I was always determined to act all nonchalant and uninterested. Now I wish that I would have taken advantage of some of the opportunities I had. Not because I want a different life, just because it would be nice to have had more experiences. I was too busy chasing boys.
    .-= parenting BY dummies´s last blog ..So NOT Dumb Saturday. Earth Day is Every Day =-.

    • 17
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      I know what you mean. Just the other day I stood right next to this surgeon from reality TV. Can’t remember his name now. I acted all nonchalant, because, really, I didn’t care, but now I wish I had taken pictures and talked to him b/c it would have given me something to talk about on my blog. 🙂

  11. 18
    Rhonda
    Twitter: rhondaslife
    says:

    That is totally awesome!! I was once the screamer in a local haunted house. But I didn’t get to meet anyone famous…… lol
    .-= Rhonda´s last blog ..In The Words Of My Daughter – FML =-.

    • 19
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      Maybe they just slipped right past you and you didn’t know it. 🙂

  12. 20
    Amy
    Twitter: FamilyTrifecta
    says:

    what a fun job you had, and how carefree of a 21 year old to fax her resignation 🙂

    loved you bullet points about actors. I worked at Sundance while I was in college and was always surprised by the celebrities and how normal they were.
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Dance Teachers are the greatest… – Wordful Wednesday =-.

    • 21
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      How did you like working at Sundance? Bet if nothing else it was BEAUTIFUL up there.

      • 22
        Amy
        Twitter: FamilyTrifecta
        says:

        loved it. loved the free ski season pass too. but boy have things changed over the past 15-20 years. it is no longer quite as quaint and laid back.

  13. 23
    Julie@my5monkeys
    Twitter: aprilmom00
    says:

    sounds like a fun time and I think that they have public image vs how they really are.
    .-= Julie@my5monkeys´s last blog ..High School Friends(what ever happened ) =-.

  14. 25
    Amethyst Moon
    Twitter: Amethyst_M
    says:

    Cool job for a 21 year old
    .-= Amethyst Moon´s last blog ..Post-it Note Tuesday: Unmotivated =-.

  15. 27
    Susie's Homemade says:

    That does look like a fun job. Too bad the bad apples ruined the bunch.

  16. 28
    Jennifer says:

    I love Buffy. For real. I would think working with/being around famous people would be kinda difficult. But I bet it would also be a lot of fun when you are young.
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Being a mother is a worthy sacrifice =-.

  17. 30

    Wow interesting post.
    It does sound like fun at least for a year right?

  18. 32
    Jac @ Wuzzle Makes Three
    Twitter: JacqueKorell
    says:

    OMG! Buffy was my favorite! My absolute favorite!!

    I love your tidbits! I’m always shocked to know that actors are short… (Which I seem to hear fairly regularly, so I don’t know why it shocks me. LOL!)
    .-= Jac @ Wuzzle Makes Three´s last blog ..*Insert Gasp* =-.

    • 33
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      I know what you mean. Especially when you see them in person. 🙂

  19. 34
    erica
    Twitter: mommysstillfab
    says:

    I chose this prompt too. But, I didn’t dish on anyone! {though you didn’t reveal names, so it doesn’t count! You were nice }

    Why are male actors so little anyway? Maybe because they seem so much bigger on screen? Or maybe, I mean, if you think about all the theater geeks in school… well, let’s just say they weren’t planing defense for the high school football team, you know?

    I used to have a super exciting job too… but now my job is more exciting! I mean, what will each day bring? A blow out? Ear infection? It never ends!

    • 35
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      Exactly.

      Nothing can compare to being pooped or barfed on on a regular basis. 🙂

  20. 36

    sounds a fun! fun! fun job! ^^,

  21. 37

    Sounds like a dream job for the times. I miss not working but secretly like it too.

  22. 38
    Alex
    Twitter: icewolf08
    says:

    Hey, stpped over from Mama Kat’s. Sounds like you had an interesting job there for a while. I had something similar in working for my father who is in broadcast television. Not quite as many big stars in TV, but a few. The scream in Buffy is a great conversation starter!
    .-= Alex´s last blog ..Foto Fri… Thursday! =-.

  23. 39
    Kristina P. says:

    That sounds very cool. And what is up with all the short little men in Hollywood?

  24. 40
    Mammatalk
    Twitter: Mammatalk
    says:

    I worked in the film industry in LA after college. It was far less glamorous and far more stressful than most people think. I escaped to teach third grade and felt much more satisfaction. Now, of course, my little mommy world brings even more…

  25. 41
    S Club Mama
    Twitter: sclubmama
    says:

    Isn’t it funny that a lot of the actors are so short (like my height short like Michael J. Fox). Weird. I could see them having that “persona” in the public eye. I think being famous would be hard.
    .-= S Club Mama´s last blog ..UPrinting Thank You Cards (WINNER) =-.

  26. 43
    Robin from Israel
    Twitter: RobinTA
    says:

    Henry Winkler has always seemed like a really nice guy. Nice to hear that it’s actually true.

    ———————————–
    My photography is now available for purchase – visit Around the Island Photography and bring home something beautiful today!
    .-= Robin from Israel´s last blog ..Bicycle Hire =-.

  27. 44

    Oh! I LOVE Buffy the Vampire Slayer! My husband, as you know, is in the biz. So when we lived in LA, Clark brought me to the WB backlot and sets where Buffy was shot. That was fun. (=
    It’s good that you are doing something you like better. Working in the film industry is only glamorous to people who don’t. It’s cool and all, but loses its luster after awhile for the reasons that you mentioned and more!

  28. 45

    I remember when you worked there! I can’t believe it was 14 years ago – but I always feel that way. After I quit my job downtown, I went to work for the NHRA. Knowing NOTHING about drag racing and how avid the fans can be, I remember thinking it was hilarious that the more successful drivers really thought of themselves as big-time celebrities. Good times.

  29. 46

    you resigned by FAX??? LOL! I can’t believe you! I’d never have the balls. Cool job for a year though… certainly more interesting than waiting tables….

    • 47
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      Can you believe that? I was the office manager too, so I really left them in a lurch.

  30. 48
    Allison @ Alli 'n Son
    Twitter: Alli_n_Son
    says:

    Wow, that does sound like a fascinating job, when you are 21, with time to spare. But I totally believe you when you say the job you have no is far more fascinating.
    .-= Allison @ Alli ‘n Son´s last blog ..Gluten-Fail =-.

    • 49
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      Oh, it is.

      The conversations that go on here are tremendously entertaining. 🙂

  31. 50
    Chrissy MacCEO
    Twitter: C_MacCarrick
    says:

    Love that you resigned by fax! Classic early 20-something move!!
    .-= Chrissy MacCEO´s last blog ..Can you smell my excitement!!?? =-.

  32. 52
    Grand Pooba says:

    Ok now you’ve got to spill it, who did you meet?
    .-= Grand Pooba´s last blog ..Four Point Ooooooh =-.

  33. 53

    Oh … I just loved this … but I want more names and more details!! : )
    .-= Jenners´s last blog ..Writer’s Workshop: My Blogging Regrets =-.

  34. 54

    This post made me laugh. 🙂
    .-= Gwen´s last blog ..Feelin’ Sexy Friday — Terrific Tan =-.

  35. 55

    Amen!!! I just started a new job, almost 40 hours a week, working for a CRAZY dentist. I dont think it’s going to last long. I miss my previous job…..my kids.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Wordful Wednesday – Learning about Death =-.

  36. 57

    Ahhh, fame! That does sound like an interesting job….but apparently not interesting enough to keep you there. Ha. I can imagine that if I worked around famous people it would eventually get old, and then they would annoy the crap out of me….but that is just me.
    Fun post!
    .-= Stef´s last blog ..From the mouth of babes… =-.

    • 58
      Angie
      Twitter: 7clowncircus
      says:

      Yep. Movie stars are just like regular old people. Some are nice and cool and others, well, they aren’t. 🙂

  37. 59

    I love Buffy! I bet I saw the episode where you debued your scream..btw next time I see I am going make you scream..For some reason I can’t picture you doing it!!

  38. 60
    debi9kids
    Twitter: debi9kids
    says:

    that sounds like SUCH a fabulous job to have when you’re 21! The perfect job. And how cool to tell your kids you did something so “cool” like that.
    (certainly tops my “i worked at a pharmacy” when i was 21. LOL)
    .-= debi9kids´s last blog ..Why I Do What I Do…. =-.

  39. 61
    Live.Love.Eat says:

    That’s too cool. It’s nice to have that to look back on. An interesting time.
    .-= Live.Love.Eat´s last blog ..Banana-Nutella Galette =-.

  40. 62

    What a interesting post! I’m with you. I love my job now. I used to be a teacher in my life B.C. and I have no desire to return to the classroom.
    .-= Run DMT´s last blog ..Plan B for Spring Break =-.

  41. 63
    Melissa says:

    I’m always amazed at how much shorter the guys are in real life also! It’s amazing what you can do with a camera! 🙂
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..♥ A couple of days worth… =-.

  42. 64
    Marla Hansen says:

    I don’t know if I believe the voice over scream, Angie. I mean, I just listened to you “yelling” at your kids on video and ….I’m not convinced. 🙂
    .-= Marla Hansen´s last blog ..It’s My Party And I’ll Cry If I Want To =-.

  43. 65
    Jenn Calling Home says:

    I bet that scream could come in handy sometime. Found you via Mama Kat’s.