Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Another first in my storied career.

About a month ago, my very distinctive-looking friend Natasha was at a non-Industry get-together and announced that she was looking for someone with a possible line toward getting hold of a "STAR TREK-type" uniform. She had an audition for a commercial the next day for the role of a Trekkie and wanted to come in character.

She didn't really expect anyone to be able to help her on such short notice -- little did she know. It turns out I have a genuine STAR TREK - THE NEXT GENERATION crew uniform, from when I wrote for the show. In fact, I'd worn the costume this past Halloween!

Natasha came over to the Zicree manse to check out the jumpsuit. Fortunately, she's five ten, the same height as me, so it fit her perfectly. She went in uniform to the audition, went again in it to the callback and landed the role -- beating out 500 other actors! (None of whom had come in uniform...)

Natasha was elated -- she'd always adored STAR TREK and longed to be a Vulcan... and the pain-killer commercial was starring LEONARD NIMOY!

But when they showed her the costume they'd made for her to wear during the shoot, it turned out to be baggy and ill-fitting. Natasha asked if she could wear my uniform for the shoot. But, of course...

She also wondered if I knew anyone who could put her in Vulcan ears. I connected her up with my friend, the brilliant makeup artist JAMES LACEY. Because of their conflicting schedules, James had to put her in the ears the night before he six A.M. call time -- so Natasha ended up sleeping in the ears.

But it all paid off. Because of how amazing and authentic she looked, they put her right up front -- and gave her the major closeup and also the best reaction shot of the entire commercial. She's the star of the thing, right up there with Nimoy.

And best of all, it ended up as a commercial during the Superbowl, so the entire country saw it in one fell swoop. It doesn't get better than that.

So now Natasha and I are both permanent part of the STAR TREK legend.

Just goes to show the benefit of going that extra mile -- and telling people EXACTLY what you need.

If you want to see this charming and funny commercial, log onto www.ifilm.com/superbowl/

And as for spotting Natasha, don't worry, you can't miss her. She's the one with the ears.



At 1:48 AM, Blogger Kid Sis said...

Natasha looked great! They better have given her full credit for featuring her that long onscreen!

Fantastic job mentoring, Marc.


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