This is a re-post of my Backstage Take 5 column from March 2008
March 1, 2008
by Nicole Kristal
A Little Help From His Friends: On Feb. 16 at one of Hollywood’s historic and most beautiful residential properties, a team of 16 industry professionals (and friends) assembled to help me shoot three scenes for my demo reel. This amazing team consisted of working professionals from some of today’s hottest episodic TV shows, incredible up-and-coming actors, makeup artists, and directors. In only eight hours we put on tape three professionally shot scenes that showcase me in guest-star/series-regular type roles, from currently or recently cast projects, in my primary type. Oh, and did I mention that I had to pay only for the location and food? I am completely overwhelmed at how this all came together. I am humbled to have so many friends and colleagues who would give selflessly of themselves to make this happen. When we start to live our lives with intention and truly commit to doing 100 percent what we have said we will do, then the world around us conspires to help us in that process.
Give a Little Bit
I became a weekly volunteer for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, even though I’m not a member of the guild yet. I believe it’s important to surround yourself with the kind of people you want to become.
I blew it on Valentine’s Day. I didn’t get a card, I didn’t get a gift, I just pretty much didn’t show up (emotionally) for my wife. I was so preoccupied with deadlines for my nonacting job and getting the shoot together that it completely consumed my attention that week. We did go out for a nice dinner, but I wasn’t really present with her in the moment, and I missed the opportunity to show her how valuable she is to me and how much I love her.