It was in the early 1970s in Japan, that a seed was planted for a part time modeling and acting hobby. I started out modeling and found the work glamorous as well as profitable, and I decided I wanted to continue modeling and acting after we returned to the U.S. However, a very busy primary career made acting impossible until many years later.
As early retirement approached I finally got back into modeling, and extended it to include acting. I took classes, and then worked in community theater to gain experience.
I had spent a lifetime of labor and purpose. But now I was moving into a new arena. I would still be the gladiator, but in an arena where both the spectators and I would be having fun. And I would still be growing, but in a different direction, and that would add a new found purpose to my retirement.
After working eleven years part time at acting and modeling I hit the jackpot. I got my first Screen Actors Guild (SAG) acting job. The client was a major U.S. bank who would be going national with the ad on TV, websites, and publications. The real payoff was that, as a principal performer, I was eligible for SAG membership, the most distinguished performers' union in the world.
In 2008, SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers became bogged down for nearly a year in negotiations over a new acting contract. Having joined the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) six years earlier, I was content to sit on the sidelines waiting for the ramifications of a new SAG contract before joining. After the April 2009 settlement, I happily nestled the SAG acting feather in my cap, thus becoming a full-fledged, dues paying member.
Thus, I had made the jump from retirement to prime time. Anybody inclined to acting will find White Sails informative.