SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Local member Patrick Fabian reflects on how his life has changed with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and subsequent shut down of productions across the country.
“I was working on season two of Special on Netflix and had a Friday call time when production was shut down. By that Sunday, the plug was pulled. I’m a freelance actor, so I’m used to being on and off-call for work, but I think the anxiety of the unknown is exacerbated right now — especially for actors who always feel like their next job is their last one.
“I’ve regulated my day-to-day routine by being inside with my wife and two young daughters, and my niece and two family friends are staying with us. There are big changes, but we all want to do our part. I’ve taken to locking my phone for a few hours a day and only go online to promote Better Call Saul, and have been working out using online fitness videos and reading the stack of books on my nightstand.
“I believe in the human experience and the things that will come in the wake of disaster, and there’s a great opportunity to recalibrate and reset our world and our responsibility to other people. I hope that this shocks the world into caring about other people and changing things for the better.”
By Patrick Fabian
SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Local member
This item originally featured in the SAG-AFTRA magazine spring 2020 issue.