by Matthew Stollak on Friday, February 17, 2017
On Monday night, my wife had control of the remote and had the TV set on HGTV. An episode of "Tiny House Hunters" (which is a misleading title - I keep expecting it to be about little people looking for homes that are height appropriate) was on. I wasn't paying much attention until this ad came on:
Punch the porcelain??!?!? Devil's Doughnuts??!? What fresh hell was this? I'm not sure I could ever buy the product, but I have to give credit to the actress, Sarah Kaidanow, who gives her all to the role.
I know nothing of her background, where she came from, her goals or aspirations. I can only imagine when she decided to pursue a career in acting, this ad was not likely what she had in mind. Yet, as Constantin Stanislavski remarked that "there are no small parts, only small actors." Kaidanow carries that motto to precision.
Kris Dunn once advocated recruiting former Division III athletes as they pursued their passion despite the lack of financial support that DI athletes receive. I'd apply the same approach to actresses like Sarah. This role is hardly the stuff of dreams, but she embraced her part wholeheartedly. My guess is she will bring the same dedication to her next gig.
So, here's to you, Sarah. I hope this is the start of bigger and better roles for you.