My First National Commercial

12.10.2012
"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." ~Shel Silverstein 


Getting ready for my closeups


We got to shoot a couple of stills, separate from the main commercial. I had a camera in my grill  and loved every dang moment of it!



It happened. After seven years in LA, I booked a commercial. 

The morning of I had this crazy dream. I was watching as this woman was going through the rounds of a modeling competition. She was walking the runway, dressing in next to nothing and strutting her stuff. Then the owner of this prestigious modeling agency (who sat in the front row) spoke and said that only one of the women had been chosen to join the agency...and that person was LaTisha Merritt...me. The girl in the dream was me and I had done it. I remember thinking it was dope that I had given my full name. Then my alarm went off.

I woke up and immediately knew it was THE day. I bounced out of bed right to the bathroom...a place I would visit three times before leaving that morning. I was so nervous. The same kind of crazy nervous I used to get before an acting competition or play...It had been so long since I had felt that particular kind of butterfly and I so I freaked. I wondered if it was normal to experience such discomfort for a dream. I worked through that mess, though and arriving at the spot with five minutes to spare. And then the magic kicked in. A van picked me up to take me to the makeup trailer. I could hear people on walkie talkies confirming I was en route...saying my name. I got to step into a real deal Hollywood trailer and sit in a makeup chair while the assistant director gave me the lay of the land. 

It was surreal. The nerves were gone. I was happy. I was home.

It was a long day. I was exhausted driving home, but it was so worth it. The commercial will air on Fox networks and CNN around the end of January (or so I've heard from one of the parents who was on set.) I'll probably geek out when I see it. I'm so proud of myself for sticking it out. I followed my bliss through the bad and came out feeling the kind of joy I've dreamed of for many, many moons.

4 comments:

  1. So exciting! :) Congrats, love! And I looveee the quote at the beginning of this post.

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    1. I love that quote, too! Keeps me dreaming :)

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  2. Best post ever? I think so. Living the dream!!!

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    1. Best post to write that's for dang sure!!!

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