Around 9:04 AM, on November 9th, my phone vibrated notifying me that I had an email. I thought it was just another coupon ad or my professors buzzing in a day early, but I was wrong.
The email was from a casting company saying I had been booked for a small role in a TV series. I recalled submitting to several acting gigs, but this was unexpected. This time I was booked for my looks.
The email read:
“Hi there! ___ here. I have selected you to work in an important scene for us. If you commit, you will be working in Atlanta but will be portraying a NYC SOHO ART COLLECTOR. You have been selected because we feel like you are great for the “SOHO VIBE.” This is set in 1995, so that will complicate matters a little bit, but we are confident you can pull off this look…”
The casting company explained later on that they needed Lisa Bonnet type looking women, and I, unknowingly, offered them just that with the amateur pictures see above.
I immediately asked myself if they even knew that my hair was not real, but I guess that didn’t matter. They wanted what they wanted. When I arrived to set, I was asked so many questions about my faux dread locs by actors and the workers. Are they real? How long have you been growing your dreads? Oh my gosh, can you do mine?
I looked around the room to see if any other actor or actress had a similar hairstyle and there was no one else. I was thinking to myself “This is epic. Maybe I’ll get a good amount of camera time.”
One actress who sat next to me begged me to make another trip to Atlanta just to do her hair. “I’m sorry,” she said. “I really can’t stop looking at your hair. I’m obsessed.” Many expressed that they can never find anyone to do their faux dreads. I was sad that I couldn’t help due to living so far from Atlanta.