In Turkey, I work with a few different talent managers. One evening, one of them called me to find out if I was free for a gig the following Friday at 11:00.
While I do speak Turkish, as most people who speak a foreign language will agree, talking on the phone in a foreign language can still be a challenge. Not to mention, this phone conversation took place while I was backstage at Cirque du Soleil. Needless to say, it was hectic and noisy back there. It is, after all, a circus.
Still, I think I understood about 80% of what the manager explained: that at 11:00 on Friday, I would be picked up from Mecidiyeköy by servis (shuttle bus) for a television appearance. I was to arrive no later than 11:30, but preferably by 11:00, just in case. I wouldn’t have to worry about anything–hair and makeup would be taken care of at the TV station, and payment would be transferred into my account within two weeks. Despite any communication difficulties, one thing was clear: This was a very important gig, and if I were late, the client would be furious.
I did, however, misunderstand one vital detail. I found this out the day of the gig when, while easing my way out of bed, the phone rang. It was the manager.
“Lara, is everything okay? Are you running late?”
“No, I’m fine. . . . What do you mean. . . ?”
Then it dawned on me–THIS WAS A DAYTIME GIG!
I was out of the house and in a taxi–albeit with my hair still in matted mess of frizzy tumbleweeds–in 5 minutes, and I made it to the meeting place just before 11:30. . . AM.
Below is my performance from that day.