Made My Acting Debut, on Gloria Allred’s WE THE PEOPLE!

This week I made my TV acting debut on NBC’s We the People With Gloria Allred. Several weeks ago, a casting agency I registered with sent me to audition for a part on the show.

I ended up getting cast as a plaintiff who was suing the owner of a small airline for emotional distress and the cost of her therapy sessions after her vibrator accidentally went off in her luggage. The baggage check guy alerted the airline owner who made my character take out the vibrator in front of everyone on the plane, to her great humiliation. It’s based on a real case.

Haha, my first Hollywood experience, my first role, and this is how I’m cast! It felt very Jonathan Ames! So I did it. And it was a lot of fun, and a really interesting learning experience. I figured, so L.A., right?! I don’t know how much acting I’ll do – what I really want to do is write, but I wanted to see what it was like on a TV set, how things were done, what auditions were like, etc.

Anyway, it aired this Thursday afternoon on NBC. I’m working a job with long hours right now, but fortunately a very nice co-worker who lives close to the office let me use her apartment on my lunch hour to watch the show. Of course all I could do was stress about how neurotic I came across with my shaky voice and how drab I looked, but that was the character, so it was all good. I thought we all – the airline owner, the baggage check guy, and I – came across as very real. So I’m actually pretty okay with the way it turned out despite my blah look.

It’s funny that I’m a former litigator and have courtroom experience. And Gloria Allred is such a huge personality here. So very cool that my first gig was in a courtroom, being on her show!

Anyway, if it ever goes up on YouTube or NBC’s website, I’ll embed or link to it. I don’t think it’s up yet, but if you see it please let me know! The episode is called “Batteries Included.”

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  2. Terri Robinson says:

    How do I take my case to “We the people w/ Gloria Allred”? Is it all actors or do they use real people? I have a really good case.
    I moved out of The Fairways at Lowry last month after about 2 years. I went through a lot of bad things that you might not be aware of. Misty, Jenniffer and Dominic all work there and they know. I just wanted to give you a chance to hear me out before I decide to file a lawsuit with Hud representing me. I am disabled and 59 years old. I found paper work on The Fair Housing Act and Disability Act that tells me that I was discriminated against.I moved in 100 Dayton St #C-209(even though it says #C-309). I had no shower for 17 months, and I got burned 3 times and fell trying to get out of the tub twice. I have a left hip and thigh disability. I also have OCD, PTSD, GAD and depression. When we had the fire in the bldg. next to mine(and several people told me a meth lab exploded and blew the front door off), Bldg. C also had to evacuate. I have a service dog(with paperwork from my Dr.) anyway we had to live in a hotel for a week ad I am also on oxygen therapy. I couldn’t move my machine and we had 20 minutes to get out because the asbestos blew over to our bldg. So I hd no oxygen for a week. Then a few months later I was bit by a pitbull in the courtyard, and pitbulls are all over the place. It is a law in Aurora that you have to have $10,000 in Insurance and a 6′ high fence when you have a pitbull. They finally moved me to Apt.#B-112 and the bedroom window was broken, dishwasher was broken,the blinds in the living room were broken,and my silverware drawer fell out(it took 2 months to get the drawer fixed). I was either calling or going to the office at least every other day to no avail. Cockroaches were everywhere. I paid for pest control every month but couldn’t use it because of my oxygen machine. On the first apt. I did a check in list and when I moved they applied my $500.00 deposit to the second apt., they(or I should say my family) moved me again. I tried to get them to do a check-in list but was told they couldn’t find he form or they were too busy to do it. I lived there for about 4 months and they took $403.00 out to paint the entire apt. and $80.00 in cleaning and on and on. They sent me a check for about $93.00 and my sister in law, my friend and I cleaned that place spotless. It looked better when I moved out than when I moved in(and I got everything fixed that was broken). When I moved out last month there were 5 new pitbulls in my building. I had had enough. I just wanted to let you know what I went through and why I will sue for punitive and pain and suffering and my deposit back if this can’t be resolved. I will also join the class action about the asbestos if I don’t hear from you.
    Thank You,
    Terri Robinson