This morning I was skimming the Chicago Reader and there I was on page 11. After a long absence, the DePaul campaign has apparently been resurrected. And here I was taking it personally that I was seeing myself a lot less than the other actors featured.
And I suppose I'll be seeing myself on TV at some point soon. The bank commercial I shot in August is supposed to air here and in a couple of neighboring states. One big benefit of SAG is that the first residual check has already arrived, a mere three weeks after the shoot. That's compared with non-union, where the standard is almost always at least 90 days, which is crazy-town.
I've said before that the delay is a real motivation killer on marginally-paying jobs. "Want to make $200 (minus agent commission) as an extra on an all-night shoot Saturday in Schaumburg?" Um ... maybe. But then you think about the check arriving sometime after the holidays and it all becomes ridiculously abstract.
Anyway, I have never once caught one of my own commercials live. I seriously must watch all the wrong shows and stations, so I'm not holding my breath.