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Those who know me know that I love acting, film, and TV. I want to be a paid and working actress. I want to be booked and busy. The art of it all makes me feel like I can really express feelings without judgment. It makes me feel like I can be a mix of myself and someone else. However, the road hasn’t been easy or smooth as a mom and I do my best to take what I can find until I can get what I want.
So, let me tell y’all about my day on November 19, 2019! #StoryTime
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Over the past five years, I’ve gotten some work as a movie extra. Since I live in Cleveland, I’ve been utilizing the casting calls from a local casting agency. For most, it’s not the same as actually auditioning, being casted, and having lines. For me, it doesn’t really matter because the on set experience is something that I truly love. However, I am currently making plans to get back to studying, auditioning, and getting work because it does take more than being a background extra.
Since 2014, I’ve been in the Cleveland Abduction, can’t see me in it. I’ve been in “White Boy Rick”. (I have yet watched it yet. I don’t know if I can be seen, but there is a scene where I was standing next to Matthew McConaughey for several takes. Filming for this one was tough because it all happened to take place on the second day of my endo-influenced-menstrual cycle and it took us 15 hours to shoot everything. Thank God for menstrual cups!
And recently I am in “Cherry”. It’s currently being filmed here in Cleveland. I was on set Tuesday and yesterday (Wednesday).
Without going into too much detail. (I can’t and if I do, I may get in trouble and won’t be casted again.) We did a crap ton of walking. A COPIOUS AMOUNT OF WALKING IN 40 DEGREE WEATHER!
I wasn’t as cold as I was uncomfortable with hip pain.
I’m definitely not complaining because I found out that it was being filmed close to my apartment… Okay, like a mile away. I don’t have a car, I didn’t want that to be my excuse, and walking one mile really isn’t a problem. Except when the scene that takes about 6 to 7 hours to film requires walking 100% of the time.
On set, I made friends, had quite a few laughs, ate a lot of junk food, and listened to the directions the Avenger’s Endgame directors, Russo Brothers (Joe Russo and Anthony Russo) and Spider-Man actor, Tom Holland. It was fun! I also go to listen to how the actors take direction and how the whole set has to work together to create a seamless scene. I love it!
In these photos, I used the Samsung Health app to track my daily steps. Here, you can see how many steps I took and how long I walked. Deduct two miles because I walked there and yes, my delusional ass walked back home. I walked about eight miles while on set. I also was too prideful to directly ask people for a ride. I did get a ride there the next day and a ride back. My legs felt like lead by the next morning.
I post this to say that I’m tired, I’m sore, and I am in love with this kind of work. I LOVE BEING ON SET. I LOVE IT! I have to pursue this dream. The more background work I do the more I itch for the script, the screen time, and working with amazing people the crew and the background.
To be continued…