The acting community is amazing. Everyone is so supportive of each other. I experienced that with the From Cleveland, For Cleveland series. I experienced it at the Women in Film Happy Hour. And I experienced it December 15, 2022 at the Greater Cleveland Film Commission quarterly Mixer. Real community.
No great story here. Just me walking in alone and having conversation after conversation with people I know, people who know me and people I had not yet had the pleasure of meeting.
Then on December 18, 2022 we had the final From Cleveland, For Cleveland event, Monica Potter. She was a delight!
Monica Potter is an American actress. She is known for her starring roles in the films Con Air (1997), Patch Adams (1998), and Along Came a Spider (2001). She also appeared in the horror films Saw (2004) and The Last House on the Left, a 2009 remake film.
Potter has also appeared on television, as a series regular on Boston Legal, as well as a Golden Globe-nominated role as Kristina Braverman in the NBC drama series Parenthood (2010–2015). She was a series regular in the CBS drama Wisdom of the Crowd.
Potter is also known as the founder and principal owner of Monica Potter Home, an upscale home goods, natural skin care and home decor business in Cleveland, Ohio.
She was so open and very human. Without my realizing it, I had selected a seat which had me front and center in every camera shot of the crowd. Monica began calling some of the crowd out. Alex, a young man seated in front of me, wearing a crucifix necklace, became “cross boy”. Another young man who came in late due to traffic issues, sat down with his popcorn and therefore became “popcorn boy”. Me, I was “striped shirt”.
She ran long with answers to the questions posed, so I did not get to ask my question. But while closing the event, she asked what my name was. This gave me the opportunity to run the mic and deliver a joke I was planning. A little background, I went to Catholic High School in the Cleveland area. Monica, ten years my junior, did the same and she mentioned it while talking. So of course, I ran to the mic and introduced myself and said I was also a Catholic school girl….too bad I went to al all-boys school (which I did). Conversations with four Hollywood stars over the past few months and I made each and every one of them laugh! What a waste of talent I am……
The title of this post is to demonstrate the tremendous sense of community I have experienced in the acting and the modeling communities. Everyone is so supportive. Juxtapose that against the so-called LGBTQ “community” and my experience reaching out for help on the Facebook problems I had. No support, no community, whatsoever. No one cared and I have experienced that frequently. I have made some tremendous LGBT friends, but those are individual relationships. But the lack of communal support still baffles me. If anyone asked me for help and I was not able to help, I would at the very least, acknowledge their request and let them know I am unable (not unwilling) to help.