The Tale of the Sherlock Casebook Signing
Yesterday I had the chance to meet three of my idols. Let me tell you the story of this adventure. (Great opening, isn’t it?)
Alright! So. Word got around over the weekend that on Tuesday the 4th of December, there would be a Sherlock: Casebook signing by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat. Having missed my chance to see Benedict preform in Cabin Pressure, I was determined to at least see and meet Moffat and Gatiss.
(Mind you, I did see Benedict outside of the theater where he preformed- hours before the performance started. That alone had me held over for the rest of the day.)
So, on Sunday for Cabin Pressure I had arrived at the theater around 9am, and it was packed. There was quite a queue (line) started and being the silly American I was, I got in line and hoped for an extra ticket. Sadly, I didn’t get one and I realized that if Sunday was that intense, Tuesday was going to be as intense if not worse. So I headed out at 7am on Tuesday to gain my place in the queue in hopes that I might make that one hour time limit to meet and get the book signed.
I wasn’t originally going to go get a book signed. Actually, I was going to be there as a moral support buddy for my Queue Crew buddies Emilia and Sofia; alas I wound up buying a book instead!
But anyway- back to the story.
I arrived at about 7:30 to the Waterstones on Gower Street and I was the only person there. Just me. No one else. I was the first in the queue! Kind of scary, actually. But, I didn’t want to give up such a wonderful spot, and so I stood there from 7:30-9:45 when the doors opened. My Queue Crew had all joined by then, and even grew a bit to all of these wonderful people below:
I don’t remember all of the names of these lovely people, and I am sorry for my terrible memory (I’m housing a cold at the moment and a bit of a temperature but I will attempt my best at this)
It was myself, Jessica, Sofia, Charlotte, and Emilia. All the others have been linked here.
So we waited. We got tea and coffee and we talked about meeting them and what it would be like. We tried to think of things to say to them and giggled at what we came up with. We tweeted the above photo to Mark Gatiss, though he never responded to us. I hope he at least saw it?
But anywho. We waited. Made friends. The whole thing. And then, as my little self began to drift from reality to what I was going to say to them to make a good impression (I was first after all and I didn’t want to be a blundering idiot; which I wound up being anyway) I looked to the opening and there stood Mr. Gatiss himself! He was talking to one of the workers there, and I remember just sort of watching him, and saying to my little Queue Crew, “Oh hey, there’s Mark.” in what I was told was the most calm and relaxed voice ever; as if I was expecting him like he was my best friend. To be honest; I don’t remember saying it like that. Whoops.
And so we watched him ascend up the stairs to the top floor, and we giggled and laughed at everything and noted that Steven was running late! Well, almost late. He showed up not too long after, and again we all were just staring in awe as he was taken up the stairs.
So we began to get anxious and excited. Or at least, I was getting anxious and excited. I couldn’t wait. This was actually going to happen! And then, suddenly, there came a voice from the side of me saying, “Has no one arrived yet?”
It was Steven’s wife, Sue. It hadn’t hit me that it was her, but I knew it was her at the same time? I don’t know how to explain it without it getting muddled and weird. But, I just sort of smiled and answered, “Oh no no they went upstairs.” Again, in a calm, collected voice as if I’d known her my entire life. And then it jolted. And I said, ” Oh! Hello!” and she smiled and said hello as she headed up the stairs.
Everyone kind of looked at me and someone asked who that was; to which I replied, “Oh that was Sue Vertue. You know, Moffat’s wife?”
And then we laughed at how I apparently just went in to a nice conversation mode again with yet another really big name person! Whooop.
Literally; on the ball.
So anyway, I went, said the stupidest thing to them, they asked me where I was from and what brought me to England to which I said “Oh you know film and television. I’m a student producer.” Moffat kind of chuckled and told me to stay away from it because it was a dying thing. I sort of laughed along but still. It didn’t matter because I had the chance to talk to them and tell them who/ what I was aspiring to be. I was still happy.
So, the rest of the Queue Crew went through and got their books signed; I snapped some photos and went to go thank Sue for being one of my idols since I’ve gotten in to film and television. She signed my book and then we actually had a nice little chat about producing and she gave me some really helpful advice about what to do for in the future if this is really where my passions lie.
Sadly, Hartswood doesn’t accept internships but they do take in something called Skill Sets? It’s sort of like a free internship; and something I’m going to consider once I leave and graduate from school with a proper demo reel under my belt.
However, I asked if I could at least try to keep in contact with her and she said of course; she laughed and said she still had a Twitter unlike some people, and we just smiled and got some photos with her and then headed off to Speedy’s for lunch. It only seemed fitting, you know?
(^ The Queue Crew and Sue Vertue ;3; )
(and at Speedys)
So while my dreams of interning with the lovely Sherlock cast may not happen; there are still ways and chances for me to work along side them, so long as I can work out living arrangements and my own Oyster card for transportation. So there is still some hope left. And if not with them, there are many companies willing and looking to hire the actors I’d love to work with (and maybe if I get noticed enough I can create my own production company and hire those actors myself and meet them that way! But either way, it’s steps in the right direction.)
And who knows? I’ve got a few new jobs coming up my sleeves and heading my way. Possibly doing a production series with the lovely Kafers and Curly ? I hope this one happens; it would be a great step forward in getting all of us out there…Even though those two are already out in and as the awesome Baker Street Babes. So, I mean. WORKING ALONGSIDE/ WITH THEM WOULD BE THE BIGGEST HONOR TOO.
Buhh now I’m having feels again.
But yeah, so, that’s basically my tale. With some added extras.
School starts in January; and I’m producing a senior animation, working to help produce my professor’s feature film, and working on Eden.
So it’s going to be a pretty busy rest of the year!