Yes, it’s true. Yours truly was once a STAR!
It was an exciting time in my life. How exciting, you ask? Well, exciting enough that I barely remember it. And while I’m being honest, I wasn’t really a star. Nope, not even close. You guys, I didn’t even have lines. Sadder yet, my part wasn’t even live action!
But the level of non-glam gets even better. The commercial was a local anti-domestic violence public service announcement sponsored by the Anchorage Women’s Commission. Please, take a moment to let that sink in.
Before we go any further, I hereby confirm that domestic violence never took place in my home. That’s assuming we’re not counting all the times my older siblings hit me in the face with snowballs, whacked me in the legs with dowel rods at the hardware store or inflicted emotional abuse by threatening to look at me funny.
Back to the commercial. Apparently my dad knew someone working on the production of the commercial and he agreed to let them photograph us. The photographer asked us to look sad. Easy. I had a knack for looking sad on cue. I was the youngest child, after all. Seriously though, I think someone had just cut my nap short because I look more angry than sad. I’m not sure any of us really looked sad. I knew we should’ve taken acting lessons in case we were randomly asked to be in a local PSA.
Please take note of my killer Christmas sweater, Toughskins jeans and…hair curler? What’s up with that, Mom and Dad? My hair was already curly. Why make a bad situation worse? Or maybe that was part of the act? Neglected child’s parents can’t even remove her curlers when going out in public? Brilliant.
Here’s the commercial. Be sure to turn up the volume. I wouldn’t want you to miss out on the poor quality audio that was salvaged from the VHS.
Some of you keen observers probably noticed that my brother was missing from the commercial. That’s because he had to go to school on the day of the photo shoot. But, don’t you worry. He got his very own commercial. Not only was his live action, but it also included a real actor. Lucky.
Hope you enjoyed the videos. If anyone is currently producing a PSA and needs a highly qualified actress who can frown on command and not say any actual words, I’m your gal. I’ll be expecting your call.