So it happened. The moment I’ve been waiting for my whole life. The moment that I didn’t even know I was waiting for my whole life. I got the call. Actually it was a voicemail, because I’m to damn lazy to get up at 10:30am to answer my phone. Those words that I always imagined I would hear one day, but was open to the possibility that I never would. A lady’s voiced echoed through the speaker of my phone as I heard her say “Congratulations you booked the episode!” I kind of just laid there in shock, mostly because I was still half asleep but also because I knew this was just the beginning of many amazing things to come. I mean, what would you do if everything you’ve been working for was finally starting to come together? How would you feel if one of your biggest dreams in life just came true?
As I was trying to get rid of my raspy morning voice so I could call her back, I made my way out to the kitchen to tell my roommate that I just booked the lead in my first TV episode. I then picked up my phone, returned the women’s call, and got all the details. Right after we exchanged our goodbyes, I picked up my phone and made another call, a call that I’ve been waiting to make my whole life. I called my mom and I told her that I just booked my first TV episode. After my mom, I called my dad, then my aunt, then my brother, and finally all my friends back home in Massachusetts. It’s crazy to think that I haven’t even been at this acting stuff for that long, but yet I somehow managed to land this awesome opportunity. It makes me wonder, if I’m already able to book roles like this after only a couple weeks, what kind of roles will I book in a couple months, a couple years?
So lets fast-forward to a few days later. Thursday morning I woke up at 5:30am and by 6:15 I was stepping out the door heading to set. As I was driving to set, the sun shined over the highway and created the most beautiful mix of colors in the sky. I turned off my music, let out a big smile, and then of course I took an instagram picture! Now I’ve been on a TV set before and even a movie set, but a set seems so much more different when you’re the one the story revolves around. As soon as I arrived a bunch of people came over to me, shook my hand, and introduced themselves. Everyone knew my name and who I was, as if we’d known each other for years.
I was quickly escorted to hair and makeup and then to wardrobe. Through out the day, I constantly heard my name going through the crew’s radios and everyone always had a tab on me. I worked with a stunt coordinator, met the 5-year-old actress who was playing a younger me (who looked like me too! Weird!), and was the first in line to get the catered food they supplied, when being an extra I always got everyones scraps. Now I can’t give you specific details of what went on since the episode hasn’t aired yet and I don’t know how much I can say, but man, what an amazing day.
10 hours later, I was shooting my very last scene and as soon as the directed yelled, “CUT!” he then announced that I was wrapped. The whole crew and cast stopped what they were doing and all of them just started clapping for me. The director gave me a big hug, then the other actor, and then finally the Stunt coordinator. It was in that moment that I realized that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. That maybe YouTube (WinterSpringPro) wasn’t meant to be forever, but instead, just a way to get me out to California. Maybe one day I would consider it to be a small part of my life, when for years I always considered it to be the biggest. Who knows?
About a month ago, I made my very first blog post on this website. At the very end of the post, I wrote...
“I can’t wait until the day that I can call my parents to tell them that I booked my first role on a TV show. And you can bet your ass, that I will be on the first flight back home to Boston to watch it on TV, right there with them.”
Tonight I went onto Orbitz to track a few round-trip flights back home to Boston. Remember guys; Don’t Let Your Dreams Be Dreams.
Sunrise on the way to set.