Every morning after I wake up I draw whatever I can remember from my dreams the night before. On this occasion, I dreamt that every year the Vatican would have a swimming contest in a very secluded lake surrounded by formidable cliffs to decide who’d…
Mary Birdong (Reno 911, The Descendants) in a heartfelt PSA aimed at non-celeb TV actors battling PSS (Pilot Season Syndrome)
There IS Hope. And you DON’T have to do this alone. I mean… you kinda DO have to do it alone. But there will be lots and lots of equally alone, narcissistic fame-vampires there with you. Being just as alone as you are. In your alone-ness.
A public service announcement from Bitter Party of Five’s Mary Birdsong (Reno 911, The Descendants, Adventureland). Ever wonder what it’s like to be type-cast? It’s probably awesome for Charlize Theron or Rachel Weisz— they mostly get roles described as “beautiful” or “hauntingly vulnerable.”) But the roles Mary Birdsong gets seen for usually require a slightly different vocab. This video contains a small sampling of those character descriptions. These are not made up. These are ACTUAL roles that she and countless other non-celeb actors have auditioned for. If you are a non-celebrity actor in Hollywood for pilot season, or you KNOW a non-celebrity actor in Hollywood for pilot season, please watch. There IS hope. And you DON’T need to suffer alone.
Featuring the song “Tiny Dancer” by CottonHead, vocals performed by Mary Birdsong (available on iTunes)
It’s the height of pilot season here in L.A., and I can feeeeel the collective pain of my brethren and my…. sistren…. actors. Even the agents and the managers and the casting directors are giving off pheromonic stress-vibes. The whole town right now is like one big hung-over college student cramming for an exam- leaving us all sleep-deprived for about three months straight, but convinced that if we pass that final, we WILL get laid. To all of those people in L.A., and New York, and, hell, to anyone anywhere who has ever hustled the good hustle and called it “work,” (or far worse- called it “art”) ; to all of us who (and we know who we are) have described projects and performances as “genius” or “hilarious” so many times that those words have lost all meaning…This song is for you.