I first met Angela McNamee four years ago while doing a story about California's newly unemployed pursuing their acting dreams.
I "discovered" her at the legendary Central Casting offices, where applications to appear in TV shows, movies, and commercials, were up 10 to 15 percent as the jobless rate barreled into the double digits. McNamee had just lost her secretarial position at an engineering firm.
"I'm going to be the next Lara Croft, on the browner side," she said with a laugh.
Why become an actress in the middle of a recession? "I always wanted to, but just didn't have the gumption to try until now," McNamee said.
You can see the story from June 2009 here.
Fast-forward four years. Did her plan work out, or did Hollywood become her land of broken dreams?
(Read more: 5% recovery: Most are still in recession)
"I'm now a card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild!" McNamee wrote me recently. Using the stage name La Nell Cooper, McNamee says she's made enough money as a so-called background actress to provide her with a decent living.
"I have to say, for someone without an agent and solely booking my own jobs, I've been part of some amazing opportunities," she said. "For every door that closes, another opportunity opens up."