An impoverished and naïve student is tempted by film acting. Will she succeed or fail? 2,434 words. Illustration by Thomas Warming.
Paris – 1966
Pauline was a young girl.
A busy and broke young girl.
Hustling and bustling from class to class, and working at temp jobs to make ends meet.
One day, Dimitry Fedotoff, a friend who worked as a still photographer on movie sets, announced he had a brilliant solution to Pauline’s financial woes. He had just been hired to shoot an American movie about World War II France at the Boulogne Billancourt Studio. He had learned the production was about to cast French prostitutes as extras, loads and loads of them. He thought Pauline had a great chance to be cast.
“You’re a pretty girl. You could play a prostitute,” he said.
“What exactly do you mean?” Pauline answered, slightly hurt that he could so easily imagine her playing a Lady Of The Night.
“You’re sexy — but you know that. Anyway, you could make more money than you’re are at your meaningless office work.”