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Badger in the
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Tuesday December 14, 1999:
I had an audition for AmeriTech Cellular with a callback for Thursday the 16th.
I received the call Friday the 17th that I was On Strong Avail for the union spot (for one of the principal roles).
Monday December 14…
I got the call that I'd booked the AmeriTech Cellular spot (paying at SAG scale and a half), shooting Tuesday and Wednesday, making me an immediate SAG Must Join. I had my costume fitting, which entailed being put in various outfits, all of which the director veto'd as he wanted me in the clothes in which I'd auditioned.

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Tuesday December 21, 1999:
I arrived an hour early for my 11:00am call (as, with my car having died two months earlier, I had to bus there, my always being early for auditions and shoots anyway notwithstanding). I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late. I spent that first day "lounging about," as throughout the day, my part of the commercial was not shot. We were there in case they did get to our shots. The first day wrapped at 5:30pm.

Wednesday December 22, 1999:
I arrived 40 minutes early for the 7:00am call. For the commrcial's police line-up, I am Suspect #2, and as Jorge Colletti was Suspect #1, they panned from him to me and onwards. The spot indicates the woman, played by the familiar Beverly Sanders (who would eventual have a supporting role in the LAFS film Behind the Curtain, in which I also worked), has called everyone in the line-up which stretches apparently into infinity.
We wrapped at 4:45pm so not only was I able to attend the private Yule gathering that evening (that I was pleased I did not have to miss), we (the actors there that day) all got about an hour fifteen minutes of overtime. I learned that this is to be a "regional wild spot," to air in Indiana and Illinois. I quickly notifed my Illinois friends Bob (in Chicago) and Bix (in Wheeling, Illinois) to keep an eye out for it.

Badger as second suspect with Jorge Colletti for the Indiana 'Line-Up' AmeriTech Cellular spot

The session-fee check for the spot arrived Tuesday the 11th; I picked it up at mine agency and cashed it, immediately calling SAG for an appointment to register as a SAG member

Wednesday January 12, 2000:
I went to SAG and with the $1242 fee in hand, I registered (I even added an extra hundred "in advance" to handle the "flat" annual dues), making me a fully paid member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Wednesday January 26, 2000:
I attended the SAG orientation meeting, outlining the features and benefits of the union, after which I had two commercial auditions (one of which had me in for its callback). I also attended the Saturday 0001.29 meeting, the topic of which will be discussing upcoming February 2000 contract negotiations for commercial work.

By mail my Chicago friend Bob indicated that the AmeriTech spot is airing, but that he didn't spot me. This could be a case of his simply not realizing he was seeing me in the line-up. I've replied to clarify how to spot me and I will contact the ad agency to see if I can get a copy of the completed spot(s).
My cyberfriend Bix has also seen the spot, but as with Bob, only the latter part and not the beginning. As presumably I am in the opening shot or two before the camera begins to move down the line (I'm only the second guy in the Line-Up), she has also missed seeing me.

Update February 17, 2000:
Emptying my rental post box, I found I'd received a February 11th [2000] residual check for the commercial, my first official commercial residuals check! Considering its amount, it probably aired quite nicely!

May 4th, 2000:
Lisa Fields of O2 Ideas (the ad agency that made the commercial) called me back to let me know they're sending out to me a video tape copy of the commercial.

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