Yesterday was aaahh-may-zing!
I had a blast as an extra on a TV pilot set. Started earlier than normal & with one heck of a storm clearing through, but it was a thrill.
The storm meant a change in the line up of shots for the day which lead to a bit of chaos for the crew lining everything & everyone up. Still I didn’t care.
The main thing I heard from others about being an extra was “Be prepared to sit around & wait a lot.” so I was! Took a book, but I barely read any of it. Just enjoyed watching the people & getting to know new people. The biggest disappointment of the day was really having to listen to other people complain about having to wait. Really? I just heard you comparing this set’s catering to one you worked on last week’s & you are appalled at having to wait? Heeeeello? Your job is as an EXTRA, which means you are extra & therefore not needed. Wanted, but replaceable. The shot does NOT revolve around you. Just enjoy the moment.
Honestly I was treated wonderfully & they even moved us inside when not needed to a holding room with more comfy tempts & snacks instead of leaving us to wait in the tents. I don’t have a clue how they can herd that many people around & get everything else done, but they do.
It was great! Sure it lasted 10 hours & I wasn’t free to come and go as I wanted, but it was an experience. One that in most places & for most people doesn’t come that often. I was excited being a part of it all. Even got into acting a bit in the background – silently as instructed. Never thought it was my thing, especially being goofy with strangers, but who knew?
Ok there was one OTHER little thing I didn’t enjoy…
yup. Port-a-potties. Gross. Alas my butt needed coffee to be up & functioning at that time of day being a bit out of the habit, so of course I had to “enjoy” a visit to these. After that I promised myself not to drink any more til I got home! Still it was nice to have them around… at least I didn’t have to ask to be driven or walk a mile to go!
My feet may hate me for being in high heeled boots 10 hours, but I LOVED it. So much so that I am hoping to do it again sometime. Nope I will never be some professional actress, but I have a greater respect for what they do! It was really cool to see all the cameras & lights working. I would LOVE to be able to play with them just to get the perspective & see what all they can see, but all that pressure would be intense!
No spoilers. I can keep secrets. 🙂
But there may or may not be a TV show coming up that I will be sure to mention. If it does get picked up, I will be finding a way to get a copy of the pilot just in case I can be seen!