So it’s August now. Eight months in and I wasn’t an expert in background, but I felt pretty solid about doing it day-to-day. That was the daily grind up till then. Since July, I wouldn’t say that I’ve been booking commercials left and right, but I was able to wrangle a few big bookings under … Continue reading Yellow.
‘Manifest’ got picked up by NBC to go to series. For those of us that were core, that meant that we were guaranteed work, for the fence people, well that was something else entirely. In addition to the email asking us for our availability in the coming months, we were asked to verify our identity … Continue reading Meltdowns and Mentors.
If you didn’t know, I was on a dating reality show called ‘The Proposal’ a while ago. Feel free to catch up on that whole experience here. It’s almost been six months since that aired, and chronologically it feels pretty good to talk about the aftermath of that whole ordeal. There were two main reasons … Continue reading Faking It.
“Who’s your agent?” This is arguably the single most passive-aggressive question an actor can throw at another actor. Unless you are close friends and you’re talking privately, this shit is straight up challenging someone to a pissing contest, right then and there. Possible answers to this question: “No.” “Not officially.” “I just dropped my agent … Continue reading Agency.
Every day that you’re on a production, there’s something called a ‘call sheet’. The call sheet is essentially the schedule for the day, who’s doing what, who is the key contact for each department, and who’s in what scene and where. As an extra, we don’t exist on the call sheet. We’re relegated to a … Continue reading A Real Number.
That email stunned me. It was March now. I’d been at this for three months. After my first disaster audition I was trying to rebuild my confidence. I got it, my first booking, my first principal role. I can’t put into words how I felt. I wanted to yell, I wanted to scream, I wanted … Continue reading Principles and Principals.
Acting is confidence based. Doubt is useful, but when it comes time to performance, you need confidence, and you need to radiate it. It cannot be a false confidence, something you psych yourself up for. It has to come from preparation, experience, and an innate trust in yourself and the performers around you. After my … Continue reading Work Your Core.
I had been toiling in the background (literally) for a little over a month now. PAs had begun recognizing me and trying to get me more work. They knew that I could do the job and behave like a normal human being during the shot. They trusted that I wouldn’t ham it up for the … Continue reading The First Audition.
After ‘The Sinner’, I basically tried to take any job so that I could learn more how to not be a complete waste of space on set. Every minute that I was being used on camera, I’d be tucked away in every department that would have me. Whether it was wardrobe, set dressing, lighting, photography, … Continue reading Background Behaving Badly.
I literally never cared about unions until I started acting. The way that I saw it, if you were good at your job, your boss would keep you around. Meritocracy makes sense to me. After working a week as a non-union extra, I vowed to never cross a picket line. Being an extra is the … Continue reading The Eerie Similarities of Pre-Med and Extra Work.