Here we go!
First and foremost, my sincerest apologies for not having the Glog up and running sooner. It’s been a busy start to the school year, here at Gould Academy, made even more
challenging fun by the fact that I am a newbie. For those of you just reading my name or seeing my profile picture (below) for the first time, I’ll get into more about me in a bit, but have exciting news to share first.
This coming week you’ll hear from some new and beloved Glog personalities including veterans like Mr. Alford, Natalie, and Aiden, along with new voices including Cullen Boone, Melissa Seib, Haylee Luu, and yours truly. We’re a diverse group of Gloggers and are excited to share with you our thoughts, ramblings, and weekly musings. You’ll find that some of us are old hats who have this Glogging thing dialed, while others of us (ahem, me) will continue to learn as we go. For those of you wondering where the caricatures are, they’re coming–I promise!
So about me…(Glog post numero uno)
I was born and raised in Andover, Maine and if you read the announcement on Gould Life then you already know about where I came from and what I do. One thing not mentioned in the announcement, however, was that I was paid to run track for one hour here at Gould Academy while I was in high school. One hour? Here? Ran track? Yup, yup, and yup.
See, back in the late ’90s the film production for The Myth of Fingerprints rolled into the area and my mom being my mom decided to submit my name, along with my younger brother’s, into the casting call for movie extras (a technical term for inexpensive human props). Darin never got the call (something I remind him about to this day), but I, however, got one and was paid a whopping $25 to “act” as a track athlete and run on a relay team with actress Laurel Holloman.
As the script went, Laurel was a former track star at Colby College and was back in town for awkward interactions with her family during Thanksgiving. The movie needed an opening shot and the director picked the athletic field here at Gould Academy to create what looked like a collegiate track. You’re probably thinking: “There isn’t a track here,” and you’d be correct. There isn’t a track here now and there wasn’t one back then either, so set artists painted in the white lines on half of the upper field to make it look like there could be.
My acting/running role was simple: Work with Laurel on a relay team–she would pass the baton to me, I would run past the camera and against other paid extras. The director made us run through the scene twice before yelling “Cut! Scene done!” and just as soon as it started, it ended, and the extras like myself were allowed to go home.
Interesting movie fact: Do you know who decided not to go home? Cathy DiCocoa, the owner of Cafe DiCocoa, who had been working on the movie set as their caterer. (I think I can safely speak for myself and the coffee and croissant-loving crowd in saying, “thank goodness she didn’t!”)
So, did Laurel and I win our race during my literal five seconds of fame? Heck, yes we did! No script needed! Did it kick start my acting career? Not even close, but now you know a little bit more about me and my history here at Gould as a one-hour track star who now uses those running skills to chase after my husband and my 2- and 8-year olds. And, while I am not an alumna of Gould, I’d like to think that my short time spent on its track combined with my running skills, will help me catch up to where the Glog was left off.
More to come. Until then, happy running!