After years as wife of an Air Force pilot, Strategic Air Command, 301st Air Refueling Squad, part of a Bomb Wing, we became civilians eventually moving to NYC with many kids and dogs. I spread my wings when daughter was in high school and pursued my own dream of working professionally as an actor. Not too much to ask for, I thought and found I had a lot to learn. Classes in on-camera and commercials, I took them all determined, not to be a star, but to be a part of a larger pond. And I succeeded; joined three unions necessary to work, freelanced with agents and the girl from Chicago who stayed home to be a good daughter, wife, and mother, got work in the big city all on her own.
Luck happened when the casting director of One Life to Live, a popular daytime Drama cast me, first as a nurse in the emergency room, in the role of a socialite always in the fancy dining/dancing scene. All My Children also cast me many times over the years as well as Another World. What a great time for me, the homemaker from the ‘burbs rubbing elbows with the stars and someone said the camera loved me. Wow! what a compliment.
I also had the pleasure of singing Happy Birthday to Melanie Griffith in the movie Working Girl, sharing a hotdog with Harrison Ford during the break; lunch with Anthony call-me-Tony Hopkins in another month long movie and Harry Met Sally where the whole cast sang with Carrie Fisher when Rob Reiner, director, asked her to sing. Many more wonderful experiences for me until. . .
During the run of an Off-Broadway play, The Fourth Commandment, my beautiful voice failed and that ended my acting career. I had an idea for a story that wouldn’t let go. When the play ended, I wrote and wrote. Good with dialogue after all the scripts I’d read and stage directions and so much more helped in my first story. Good fortune struck when Vanilla Heart Publishing offered a contract for “To Be Continued” and I’ve been with them for almost seven years.
I tell you, dear reader, because good things happen when you put blinders on and focus. No matter your age or circumstance set attainable goals and go after them. My best to you with love, Charmaine Gordon
co-winner of the first iBookBuzz.com Book Club