Feeling your body immediately break out into a full sweat as a wave of excitement and nervous energy washes over you is a strange feeling, but as an anxious person it's something I'm familiar with. It happened to me in July when I answered my phone. It was a 212-area code, which I assumed was a spam call, but I answered anyway. And I'm glad it did, because it was the casting department of Law & Order: SVU calling to offer me a role in the landmark season 21 premiere.
"You know I'm not really an actor, right?" I asked the polite casting woman named Reilly.
After some confusion and stammering (on my part), I got all the details. Once again, I'd be playing a reporter, not a far stretch given that's actually what I do for work, and this time I was determined to nail it.