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Reality Check by Michael Essany

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Chapter | three

From Fantasy to Reality

Standing next to Susan Sarandon in an elevator at the Hollywood Renaissance Theatre, I nervously bungle an attempt to break the ice with one of my favorite Academy Award-winning actresses.

“So, what brings you here, Ms. Sarandon?” I finally inquired.

“I’m presenting for the Television Critics Association,” she responded, visibly aware of my childlike admiration and anxiety. “How about you?”

“I’m here for the convention, as well,” I replied.

“Are you an actor?” she asked.

“No,” I said. “I’m the star of a new reality TV series.”

With that revelation, my conversation with Susan Sarandon ground to a halt. Her telling countenance in response to my announced status as a reality TV star communicated her genuine ...

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