"None of us suddenly becomes something overnight. The preparations have been in the making for a lifetime.- Gail Goodwin
Day 38: *Met with my friend Desiree, the one who I helped produce the pilot episode of her webseries Millie's 101 Things, for coffee to talk about the next phase: marketing, film festivals and getting it on IMDb.

*Class: Wasn't as prepared as I should have been with my comedic monologue so I only got about halfway through it before I completely tuned out. Got some nice notes though on a few adjustments that Dustin wants me to make before I come back next week to do it again.

Day 39: Driving on the 110 for my BET audition singing Katy Perry's "Firework" in the car when BAM, somebody rear ends me!!! He was driving so fast that my car fishtails and as I tried to swerve out of the way of the car in front of me I ended up crossing two lanes and running into the cement block just a few yards away from where oncoming cars merge onto the freeway. AGH!!!!! I didn't see it coming at all and I've never been so scared in my life! In that moment of losing complete control of my vehicle I was scared to death that someone else would come smashing into me. Thank God that didn't happen!

So what's a girl to do when in an accident on a busy freeway?
First: I thanked the Lord right then and there for protecting me.
Second: I called 911.
Third: I called the casting director's emergency line to leave him a voicemail as to why I wouldn't be able to make it.
Fourth: I called my husband.

Yep, I called my husband after calling the CD because I knew he would be worried and would keep me on the phone until I was out of harm's way so I had to make sure the CD knew I wasn't being a flake by not showing up.

Once we were escorted off the freeway by cops and a tow truck we were able to give our report to the officer. Since my car was still operative I opted to drive it home rather than pay for a tow. But first I was determined to make it to my audition. After all, this would be my first TV co-star credit if I booked it and I already knew that this was the only day they were casting and that they would not accept tape. I could either go or not be in the running, and I wasn't cool with not being in the running so I went. I took the streets and drove 25-30 mph from downtown to North Hollywood with my hazard lights on. I'm sure I looked like a sorry mess to the other drivers since my bumper and padding were scraping the ground as I chugged along but I had to do what I had to do. Stephen wasn't totally happy with this decision but at least he understood. Once I got there I did my thing. The CD was surprised that I had come and called me dedicated. Dedicated for driving up Laurel Canyon with half a car? Absolutely! Foolish for driving up Laurel Canyon with half a car? Quite possibly.

After the audition I played it safe and went home. I notified both the agency and the cd's office where I intern on Tuesdays about what happened and they both told me not to worry but to take care of myself. I ended up going to an urgent care once Stephen got home since I was in a lot of back pain and they gave me a prescription for a muscle relaxer, an anti-inflammatory and recommended physical therapy. I'm not complaining in the least though because not only did I not have any cuts or bruises but I walked away without anything being broken AND my boys weren't with me at that time so for those reasons I'm incredibly thankful.
3 Responses
  1. Kris Says:

    Oh man, I'm glad to hear that you are ok. Truly blessed indeed! Car accidents are no joke. Feel better

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Holy Cow, woman!! Talk about motivation! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that they cast you, after all of that, and I sincerely hope your back feels better soon...

    PS, I *love* this new look for your blog. (Although I've been in hiding for quite a while, so I don't know how new this "new look" actually is?)

  3. That's so scary! I am so glad that you are okay. I did chuckle reading about you driving to that audition. I hope you get the part, lol! Get some rest now.

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