Wendy has just asked me (for the third time this week) to put the lid back on the coffee. It’s vital I remember this as the coffee will dry out, which will affect the taste and the aroma. These things are important; apparently.
Quite a while ago, a friend of mine asked me to do him a favour. He was booked to do a short film but had to cancel at the last minute due to family circumstances. He asked if I would step in and take his place, as he didn’t want to let the producer down. I hesitated at first. I’d been working all week and was looking forward to a weekend off, plus it wasn’t paid and I didn’t know anybody involved. However, my friend was persuasive. He offered to pay my bus fare and buy me a beer… oh go on then.
I arrived on set and got chatting to some people huddling around a little fan heater. One of the guys there was called Brian and we hit it off straight away. I started telling him that I wanted to go into teaching or coaching to supplement my acting. He mentioned his agent had just started an acting school, and it be would worth giving him a call to see if he could offer me anything. I didn’t really think much of it, to be honest. Well actually I did – surely he would be set up already?
The day came to an end and Brian and I swapped numbers.
A couple of weeks later I was running to catch a train and I missed it. Brilliant. As I stood on the platform trying to stop my feet from going numb I got a tap on the shoulder. It was Brian. He had been at a meeting that had overrun and was on his way home. He asked if I’d called his agent about the possible job opportunity. I hadn’t and I made some excuse about being really busy. The truth was I didn’t really believe his agent would be interested. I had no experience and I felt cheeky walking in off the street.
Brian’s train arrived and we said goodbye.
On the way home I started to think about the chain of events. I had met a stranger on a job, who I got on with very well. He offered me an opportunity, but I hadn’t done anything about it. By total coincidence I met him again, and again he mentioned the opportunity.
Maybe I should give his agent a call?
The day after I called Darren, Brians agent. He asked me to come in for a meeting. I went in and we had a really good chat. He was about to do a short summer course, which he asked me to work on with him. He thought this would be ideal as it would give us a chance to have a look at each other and see if we could work together more permanently. Darren and I got on great and I finished the summer course knowing I’d made a good impression.
How many times in life do we turn opportunity down because we’re tired or busy? Or maybe we don’t believe in ourselves, or are unwilling to take a leap of faith? Luckily for me, I said yes to a friend and made a new friend who introduced me to Darren. Ten years later I still work with him.
Oh, and something else happened too …
On the first session of the course, I met a girl who claims to this day she didn’t fancy me initially (which I think was just lies). As it turns out she did like me after all, so much so that we now have two beautiful girls together.
Her name is Wendy, and she likes her coffee with the lid on.
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