After years of hard work, beaucoup dress rehearsals and curtain calls, Hope’s Pete Law says the laughter, tears and frustration have begun to pay off as his latest Hollywood role has offered him the honor and opportunity to officially become a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Law, who has agents in Cincinnati and Indianapolis, is accustomed to getting casting calls and audition notices in his email inbox on a regular basis.

Oftentimes, the solicitations for auditions are for specific roles or are seeking actors of specific specs, such as being a certain age, having specific hair color or style, etc.

On one particular day this summer, while Law was finishing up his online class preparations, he had some time to spare. Earlier he had received a couple of audition solicitations including one for an upcoming movie. Rather than wait, Law took advantage and knocked out the auditions.

“They didn’t want you to do it like a professional audition,” Law says. “They didn’t even have you slate yourself. They just wanted something that was natural. “

It took about one week before Law got a call from Heyman Talent Agency in Ohio. The agent said Law would likely be cast for the role, but there was an issue with his hair.

“They wanted it to be longer and I thought, ‘No problem, I can just let it grow out,’” Law says.

After another week of waiting, Law received another call from the same agency saying he had been cast as Ticket Agent in the film “Bones & All” directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Taylor Russell and Timothee Chalamet.

Anxious to familiarize himself with the film’s story, Law purchased a copy of the novel the movie is based on written by Camille DeAngelis.

“I read the book and I was like, this is a different kind of thing,” Law says. “Then I looked it up online to see who was in it and I was like, ‘Holy cow this is like a prestigious cast and director.’”

The reality of things truly set in for Law when he received his PDF copy of the script via email, he says. Complete with a watermark image of his name on each page to prevent him from sharing the contents online, Law says he spent a lot of time reading the whole script and learning his lines, as well as the layout of the scenes.

“All my acting teachers have always said, ‘If you are one of the cast members you need to read the script to know what is going on.’” Law recalls.

Another lesson Law quickly learned, when you are “on call” that can translate to some really early mornings and even later nights. Law says he was slated as “on call” for some days and had others that were actually scheduled.

Filming in Maysville, Kentucky, began in early July and Law found himself on call the entire week of July Fourth. If he would get a call at nine in the morning saying he had to be on set at 4 p.m. that day, he had to go, he says. However, he did get a bit of a reprieve from the waiting game when he was told he would have two scheduled days of shooting.

“I had severe butterflies especially the second day, because my one scene had already been cut,” Law recalls. “I know I can open a door, walk out and get into a car. I do that in my daily life. But when I got to SAG it really sank in that, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve got to say my lines today and I don’t want to mess up.’ All I could think was what my acting teachers said, ‘Be in the moment.’”

And with a single deep breath, Law was there in the moment, in Maysville.

When Law first rolled up he was at Base Camp, which was essentially a parking lot that housed make-up and costume trailers. Much to his surprise, a young woman named Lauren already knew his name and offered to show Law to his trailer.

Up to this point, Law had been cast as an extra.

Now, he has his own trailer, his character has a name and it’s Stuart.

“Anytime I’ve done anything I’ve been immediately shoved into a room somewhere and everyone uses that room,” Law says.

Law says he took a quick couple of minutes to Facetime his sister, Amy, to show her his new digs and tell her the amazing news, which was immediately met with screams of, “This is it! It is finally happening!” coming from the other end of the line.

Taking part in a feature film involves a lot of waiting, Law says. During one of his first days of filming, after seeing hair and make-up and even grabbing a quick snack, Law was still waiting.

“I waited for about three hours and that particular night it wasn’t a big scene,” Law says. I just had to walk out of a door and get into a car. That’s it. I had no lines or anything. I went over my lines though just in case they changed the scene. I got a knock on my door about 10 p.m. and they said, ‘Hey they are going to cut that scene so you can go ahead and go home.’ And I was like, aw man. Dag burnit (sic) this is the Arby’s curse.”

Back in the late 1980s, Arby’s restaurant shot a commercial in Hope. Law recalls being the second person in Hope to audition however, he lost out to his cousin who was cast instead.

“So, I always call it the Arby’s curse,” Law says. “But there could have been a million reasons why the scene was cut. It happens.”

One week later, Law says he was back in Maysville shooting at the Maysville Train Station.

This time, he had stars in his orbit.

Seated near him in a director’s chair was the English actor Sir David Mark Rylance speaking with a production assistant.

“He was talking about getting things going with the theatre again,” Law says. “And all these great little things I was hearing while watching the film being shot on a monitor in front of me.”

Although he admits a tinge of regret for not speaking to Rylance, Law says next time will likely be different.

“If we had worked together for a couple of days it would have been a different story, I would have known what to do,” Law says. “I thought next time I could probably say, ‘Hey’ to him and introduce myself like Taylor Russell introduced herself to me at the makeup trailer when she said she was looking forward to working with me.”

Law admits he is the most critical person about himself and always has been, but when he walked away from that set he felt really good, he says.

“All the way home I kept thinking, ‘I really did that,’” he says.

Law says he awoke the next morning with the thought, “Did that just happen?” Yes, it had.

A grasp of the reality of things settled in and only served to fuel Law’s passion further.

“I’ve done independent movies and short films, but it wasn’t what I did that day,” Law says. “I was an extra in a couple of big movies, but you weren’t treated like what I was treated like. You were just there to be in the background. Most people would do it just to say, ‘I was an extra in a movie.’ But this is what I want to do with my career.”

Going into this, Law knew “Bones & All” was a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) film. In the industry, that is a big deal, he says.

Founded in 1933, SAG is a labor union that represents more than 100,000 principal and background performers in television and film. Being a member of the SAG offers protections to ensure fair compensation and representation in the performance arena of film and, most recently in 2012, also includes television and radio artists.

Law began this chapter of his journey as a nonunion actor, so he had to be granted special permission to be in the film, he says. Essentially, getting permission involved submitting a headshot and his resume for approval. It is a process known as being “Taft Hartleyed In,” which made him SAG eligible.

“So that meant I could join the union or I don’t have to join the union yet and I can still do nonunion productions,” Law explains. “So I could still do the plays at WILLow LeaVes and I could do nonunion commercials and all that. Well, I decided if I am going to be SAG eligible, I might as well just be SAG because I want to work as an actor. And with SAG it doesn’t guarantee you the jobs, it just means you can audition for television and movies. So I can audition for the stuff in Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles now.”

Although he can no longer perform in local theatre, Law says he can still help out or be an advisor. And though he admits it is bittersweet, he is excited for the opportunities his new designation offers.

Since his SAG affiliation now opens more doors, Law says he is concentrating his efforts on auditions, especially those based out of Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York.

Law says he plans to continue teaching music at Mount Healthy and Parkside Elementary Schools for the foreseeable future. Not only does he truly enjoy teaching, but he knows he is making a positive impact in the lives of his students and leading by example.

And for those future actors and actresses in Law’s classes who ask for guidance, he says he will give them as much advice as he as to offer.

At baseline, it is a lot of hard work, he says. The key is to take as many classes as you can and practice, practice, practice.

“Go for it if it is what you really want to do,” he says. “It is not going to just land in your lap. For some people it does, but the chances of it happening is very rare. Keep studying and keep trying.”