Years ago I was buying a new car and one of the salesmen struck up a conversation with me. He was a handsome gentleman who looked to be in his mid-fifties. He asked what I did for a living and I told him I was a secretary by day, but I was really an actress. All of a sudden his eyes lit up. "You're an actress," he said. Then he exclaimed, "I'm an actor too." He started telling me about the early days when he was acting in Hollywood. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s he did small film and television roles and various commercials. His boast was that he landed a supporting role opposite Rod Taylor in a western. When he spoke about his acting experiences he was a completely different person from the man I first met. I could tell he was starved to talk about acting with someone. I told him I was coming back the next day. He was pleased, and told me he would bring his 8x10 photos to show me.
The next day when I walked into the dealership, the gentleman made a beeline for me. He pulled his pictures out of an envelope and showed them to me with great eagerness. Most of them were of him in his earlier years. When he was putting the pictures away he told me about his last audition. When his agent called he got so excited, he put his old cowboy outfit on and raced over to the audition. When he walked in he