[From the Trenches] The life-saving secret I learned about 200 South

200 South La Brea

I waited at the foot of the stairs for a break in the stream of actors leaving the large commercial casting facility at 200 South La Brea.

I dreaded the backwards drag I was about to do–hauling my big-ass BOB stroller up the narrow staircase, vaguely apologizing to the actors trying to squeeze by.

So I waited. For a pause, for permission, for salvation, I don’t know what exactly I was waiting for, but wait I did.

And wouldn’t you know it, salvation arrived.

Just as I was about to make my move up the stairs, a lovely mama actor descended like my own personal fairy godmother and said, “you know about the mom elevator in the back don’t you?” Whaaat?

She accompanied me around back to the door marked, “Not an actor entrance”. She held the door for me as I pushed my stroller through like a boss.

She pointed to the elevator, which was sporting this cautionary message:

You may not be able to read the fine print in the photo, but it says, “this is NOT an actor’s entrance…unless you need elevator service.”

Why yes, I most certainly did need elevator service. I thanked my fairy godmother and rode my carriage all the way to the ball, I mean, audition (which I didn’t book, so I guess that’s the end of that fairy tale metaphor).

The moral of the story: next time you take your baby to 200 South, don’t lug that 50 pound carseat in the crook of your arm or drag your stroller backwards up the stairs. Roll that beast around to the back door, feel special as you pass by the “not an actor entrance” sign, and enjoy the ride all the way up to the second floor. Break a leg!

What tips and tricks are you in the know about that might make auditioning with baby a little easier for your fellow mama actors? Share in the comments below or join the conversation in our awesome TMA Facebook community.

From the Trenches is a series of stories, insights, and lessons straight from the audition rooms of Los Angeles to give you an honest, behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day minutae of life as a working mama actor.