|Kaitlin on set of "The Association"|
Watching the Footage
Kaitlin learned something cool on set today, too. She discovered that if she asked for a food or beverage, it would be given to her...almost as if it fell from the sky. Example, "Red Bull"....PA (Production Assistant) magically hands her a Red Bull. "Banana"...PA hands her a banana. I have a feeling she is going to need some de-programming when this is done.
Another excitement of the day (and I am not being sarcastic when I say this) was my hunt for a wedding ring. Just as they were about to shoot, they realized they didn't have a wedding ring for Faith's mom, Nina (played by the fabulous Melody Cobb). Well, my theater teacher/problem solving persona kicked into high gear, and I was on a hunt for a wedding ring. Mine didn't fit, so I dashed out at high speed for a store that sold costume jewelry. Thanks to my handy dandy GPS on my phone, I was able to find a Target and emerged with a perfect $20 wedding ring! They ended up finding another ring to use, but it still felt cool to run around Austin hunting for a prop for a film. I've always said I would love to be a PA. I'm sure it is grueling work, but my ADD personality would love to be the person that runs around doing completely random jobs!!
One of the difficult parts about managing my children's acting careers is balancing this fantasy life with my real one. Kaitlin is the oldest of 4 children, and while we are off on set, the other 3 are going about their normal lives at home with Dad or Grandmother. Well, today, Braden went home sick from school. It turns out he has strep throat. Also, tomorrow Allie and Hailey have a Lip Sync show at school, which I am directing (since I am one of the Theater Arts teachers at their school). Towards the end of the shoot today, the director mentioned that he would like Kaitlin in the scene tomorrow (which she was not originally scheduled for). Well, of course we both wanted to stay...because it's fun, but also because it means more on camera time for Kaitlin. Plus, it is soooooo important to be flexible in this business. If the director asks you to stay...you stay. Well, this meant getting another hotel room, finding a substitute for me for tomorrow, leaving my husband with our sick child, Kaitlin missing another day of school, and not being there tomorrow for last minute rehearsals for the Lip Sync Show. They ended up not needing us, so we were able to go home, but it's decisions and sacrifices like this that make this business so difficult! Luckily, we have amazing directors and crew that view Kaitlin as a child (not just an actor)!
|Kaitlin and Ken Thomas|