What’s new, Buenos Aires? Well, apparently not me. Ah, the glamorous life of a Hollywood actor… stuck on the 405 freeway.
Backing up. I had two callbacks yesterday. One was for Coca-Cola Light (European name of Diet Coke), shooting in Buenos Aires. The callback was located in Santa Monica, and I was scheduled for 11:15. I then received another callback for alibaba.com, the audition located in Sherman Oaks. That was 11:30.
Even if I could fly, I wouldn’t make both.
So, I rescheduled the second audition, and I left the apartment at 10:15, arriving at the Santa Monica studio early. And then, I waited.
At that point, I realized that I needed to leave for the other callback and then return. I informed the casting director, and then I got my butt outta there (20 minutes to and fro without any traffic, not to mention the actual audition, left me little time to get back).
So, I hightailed it up the 405. About 2 miles from the 101, I noticed that my car was making a strange noise. And then, it starting vibrating a little.
And then a little more.
And then it was shaking violently.
I had a blow-out. Obvs. I tried to make it off the highway, but my car was becoming hard to control. So, I began pulling over to the shoulder, and then *pop;* my tire burst in a cloud of gray smoke. It was shredded. And I was stuck on the shoulder with cars whizzing by. The excellence of Los Angeles drivers, I tell ya.
25 minutes later, the AAA guy arrived, and lickety-split, he got the spare on. I made it to the alibaba.com callback (the wonderful casting director was so understanding), and then I went to Just Tires who set me up with 2 new tires in less than 30 minutes.
Then I went home and decompressed. I never did make it back to the left coast for Coca-Cola Light. But it’s probably better that I didn’t jet off for a week in Argentina right before my wedding. Still, I wouldn’t have minded the free trip… or the money.