You Heard It Here: Hollywood Anniversary

Last week was a bit of a milestone week as far as my Hollywood life goes. It was 25 years ago that I started working as a dialogue coach on Roseanne. I saw in the news (CNN, I think) where they did a “Where are they now” segment. Through the years I’ve seen most of the cast on and off whether in a work situation or accidentally at a Starbucks. (Which, by the way, those accidental meets are always the best ones!)

Here’s how I remember the cast. I love this pic.

miss-world-2013-contestants-89It’s amazing to think that 25 years have gone by. The two youngest in this picture (Micheal and Sara) have kids of their own now.

I figured since I had a Roseanne anniversary of sorts that I’d give you one of my Roseanne stories…

I remember one day Rosie and I were running lines in her dressing room and we finished. She told me to stay and asked me to listen to something. I had no idea what she wanted from me, but I readily stayed seated and waited. She picked up some pages from a bag and started talking. Actually, she started telling jokes. Since I had been a huge fan of her domestic goddess routine, I laughed my butt off and really enjoyed her material. On occasion I’d smile and nod and she just kept going. At one point, I must not have laughed and she said, “Why didn’t you laugh there?” She kind of surprised me with the question and I just told her the truth. I said, “I didn’t understand it.” She grabbed a pen and scratched out the whole joke. THAT was the moment I realized she was running her new material by me. She was using my reaction as a gauge for the new stuff. (Yes, I was so young/green/dense –pick one or pick all–that I didn’t even realize what was happening until that moment.) Then of course, I panicked because I realized my reaction was sculpting -to an extent- her next stand-up routine.

Did I feel a bit of pressure… Um… YES!!! Because what if I laughed at something and the audience at the stand-up club didn’t? OR what if I didn’t laugh at something that might’ve been a great joke that everyone BUT me might’ve understood? I have to honestly say that I’m not sure I was a great audience after that, but she used me a few other times to test out her material. Since I was a genuine fan of hers, I usually laughed and I figured if she felt comfortable trying material out on me, then it was because she wanted my young/green/dense honest reaction. Haha.

What about you? Ever been in a situation where you felt something was expected of you and you weren’t sure you could deliver?


You Heard It Here: Hollywood Anniversary — 12 Comments

  1. Great story Dee J.! I was a huge fan of Rosanne’s stand up too. Let’s see…when did someone want something from me I wasn’t sure I could deliver? Um, my editor, every time I get edits? I freak, then I freeze, then I sit down and do the darn edits. 😉

    • Hi Sam,
      Thanks… and LOL. I totally understand that dilemma!! I think I do the same thing. And I probably have the same look on my face too. That wide-eyed, what-the-hell-is-this? face.

    • Hi Charlene,
      Yes, cool and terrifying! Haha. I wonder if all authors feel the same way about starting a new book or tackling edits. It may come with the territory!

  2. What a great retro photograph. I think I dressed like that once upon a time. : ) Yep, I often question myself and my skills, then I buckle down and do it anyway. The fear is usually worse than the result.

    • Hi Robena,
      I think most of us dressed like at one point or another. LOL. Yep, you hit the nail on the head. It’s the panic before you just sit down and do it. The fear is definitely worse than the actual job, I think.

  3. Well, if Roseanne never came after you to get you in a headlock, then her routine probably went over well. Plus, I suspect she ran it by a few other people too. What an honor.

    As for something expected of me and my not being sure I could deliver – how about parenthood!

    • Hi Lynne,
      Yeah… that headlock thing… that’s another story. Saving that one. LOL. And parenthood!!! OMG! How true is that? I think most people share that uncertainty, most especially the first time around!

    • Hi Leigh,
      Thank you! Glad they’re entertaining! I feel like I’m running out of the really good ones. LOL. May have to enlist some of my set friends for some war stories. LOL.

  4. Yes, I’ve felt that pressure when teaching writing courses to adults and wondering if I’ll help them meet their goals or cause them to feel it’s too hard. Also, the same pressure around publishing. Will my romantic suspense, “Climbing High” influence readers to actually want to climb a mountain and possibly get hurt, or will they absorb the greater message of striving to summit in life? It’s all a guessing game.

    • Hi Madelon,
      I figure we can only do the best we can in any given situation and hope people “get it.” But you’re right. It’s a guessing game.
      Congrats on your romantic suspense!