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Being on TV - Not all it's cracked up to be!

By Creative(54,965) Creative

Posted Friday, April 04, 2008
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I have been on TV a few times, but had the most to say and do in a series called 'A Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady'. It aired in 1984 and was 12 episodes long, each episode representing a month of the year.
The Director for this series came to my school, had all the pupils stand in a semi circle while he 'picked out' those he wanted to audition. He seemed to be going for 'short' pupils. Perhaps as the age range of the children in the series was meant to be younger than we infact were, ie 13yrs old.
I was chosen, my audition consisted of saying one word, so I said it emphatically! 'NO'.
That was it, I was cast. It was a very exciting time, but the reason I say in the title TV is not all it's cracked up to be, is that unlike theater which is fairly busy and active, TV can involve a LOT of sitting around.
All my shoots were on location (rather than a studio set) so I'd be out very early in the morning and back very late at night, perhaps for 12hrs at a time. During that 12 hrs I might only be required for 30mins to do my part. The rest of the time was spent with my adult chaperone (no other children on set with me) reading and occasionally drawing.
My hair was cut into a raggedy shape, grease pulled through it , to make me look even more waif and stray like than I naturally did at that time. I was reassured it would be cut level after the shoot and before I went to school the next day! It was not. I had to hold up a take once as we were filming in a wood and I needed a wee. No porta loo cabin, I had to use a tree and two assistants to shield me while I listened to the camera crew giggle a short way off. Not great when you're a shy 13yr old surrounded by adults you barely know. Though they were a friendly bunch!
I do though have some great memories, and was very grateful for the opportunity, but I never found TV quite as appealing as many do. It is not as some say 'everyones ambition to be on TV'.
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