As a child, soap-operas (unfortunately because they were watched instead of participating in physical activity and family bonding), were a big part of my family life, where often the television had more important things to say than we did — hence it was constantly on, ruling the conversation. Consequently, the characters on the soaps became family to me which is one reason that I was delighted when I first appeared on One Life to Live (O.L.T.L.) playing a customer in a cafe´, and then as a nurse in my first under-five role. I was petrified to say the line,"Excuse Me", because it was being used in a scene in which the characters, Vicky and Clint (who had been so much a part of my life without knowing it), were having an intimate conversation, and I was very nervous about interrupting their scene: Was anyone ever this young?
I was thrilled to get my S.A.G. card, and to return to other "roles" on O.L.T.L. , including one as a prison guard, as seen in the photograph of yours truly posted at the top of this entry. I had my picture taken soon after we taped the scenes, and I purposely stood near a telephone, knowing I was going to place the words,"You are allowed one phone call (and it's to me)" as a caption under my photograph and include my union affiliations, then create cards to use to send to agents and casting directors in an effort to procure auditions and book jobs. (See, even in the olden days I liked to make cards that were about more than communication, a philosophy I've expressed in previous blog entries. I confess that I enjoyed making those cards to be considered for jobs more than the job itself, for, if truth be told, I am not an actress type, and I much prefer other aspects of production, such as set design, location scout, script reader, etc; but I was in such a need to be validated during those years, and thought being on-camera and a S.A.G. member was the only way to achieve it.