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    Hermanís Turning 60

    Guess what, you guys? Today is Herman’s 60th birthday.
    I remember 10 years ago throwing him a 50th birthday bash at Lanzi’s on the Lake. Being 12 years his junior, I never imagined myself being close to 50. O. My. God.

    When I was living in Los Angeles I was going to the beach every day. I never could imagine myself more than 30. Then auditions started coming in for parts for actors over 30 and I found myself going out on these calls.

    Imagine the look of horror on the faces of all the actresses going out for calls in this age range. We never would have imagined we would have come to this age and still be going out on cattle calls.

    According to Wisegeek.com:

    The idea of a cattle call or open audition is said to have come from the earliest days of the Actors' Equity Association (AEA), a powerful theatrical union. Many theatrical and movie roles were being offered exclusively to established actors, not the rank and file members of the AEA. The cattle call, or open audition, became a requirement for almost all union productions, although the auditioning actors were still obligated to join the AEA before receiving notice of these cattle calls.

    As I got more into the business out in L.A., I went on fewer cattle calls and with the help of an agent, went on more individual interviews and auditions. Unfortunately, it bore as little fruit as when I used to go on cattle calls.

    The thing is, only a fortunate few get regular parts.

    Getting back to Herman and his birthday, if he was out in L.A. trying to make it in this business, he would most likely be cast as a character actor. Something like a Garrison Keiler type. A lot of people over the years have mentioned to Herman how much he reminds them of Garrison. In fact, on one of our first dates, Herman took me to SPAC to see Garrison. I was still walking with a cane with great difficulty and Herman commandeered a hot dog cart to get me to my seat. He’s been running interference for me ever since.

    He also says he doesn’t want a party this time around. I have made it very clear however, that I want one when I turn the big 5-0. That will be in about 2 ½ years, so he has plenty of time to plan.
    I’ve already picked the location-you guessed it, Lanzi’s. By then Herman will look like he could be a character actor for one of Richard Farnsworth’s parts. You know him from all those PBS specials on Anne of Green Gables.

    So, Happy Birthday, Herman. Here’s wishing you 60 more.

    I know-knock on wood.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com