I rarely write blogs that are this personal. But I do have a dream and I feel a need to share it. I want to be Juror Number Five on an episode of Law and Order. There, I’ve said it.
I’ve actually wanted this for quite some time. In fact, when I first realized it there were three different Law and Order series on the air. Now there’s only one, Law and Order SVU. My opportunities are dwindling.
Some of you may ask,’Why Juror Number Five?’ or, ‘Have you actually pursued it?’ I haven’t pursued it, maybe I thought I’d be walking down a street in New York City and someone would just ask me to do it. They would say I’d make a great juror and beg me to be on the show. That didn’t happen, rarely does. And actually auditioning seemed like a lot of work for a non-speaking part.
I think almost everyone has a deep down desire to be on TV or in a movie. How hard could it be, right? Well, I can tell you there’s a huge difference between being an actor and being on TV. I’ve been on TV and a few months ago I was part of a play at a regional theater. I even had a few lines. And I proved to myself that acting isn’t in my blood. I have too much respect for all the real actors in our area, and there are some very talented ones. Both Community Theater and Equity.
Like many things in life, you don’t realize how difficult it is or how much work is involved until you try it yourself. I’ve also been to several dress rehearsals for local theater the last few weeks. I got another small glimpse into the behind the scenes world of local theater. Amazing.
So, why Juror Number Five? Law and Order is one of the most successful series franchises in TV history. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that? And Juror Number Five sits in the front row of the jury box, guaranteed camera time but not too close. And they never speak, no lines to memorize. Too much pressure to be the Foreman (Juror Number One). Juror Number Five never smiles. They either look pensive, questioning or bewildered. I can do that, I just know I can. At least I think I can, especially the bewildered one.
Until I’m ‘discovered’ I will continue to support theater in South Jersey. I will marvel at the skills of our local actors, directors, musicians and technicians. It truly is a team effort. I will laugh, cry, contemplate, be amazed and applaud as they somehow evoke those emotions with their talents. How lucky we are to have them. That’s my final verdict and I’m sticking with it.
Thanks for listening.