Week 3: Onset as an Extra for a Commercial.

Week 3: Onset as an Extra for a Commercial.

"I never said all actors are cattle, what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle" - Alfred Hitchcock

What did I do:

Harsh words from the great Alfred Hitchcock. Although, I don't think the sentiment is shared by many. The illustrious entertainment industry is glamorous, lucrative, and a whole lot of fun. Who wouldn't want to be a part of it? But wait! It's extremely competitive, volatile, and shines a light on your deepest insecurities. You may be a star on a successful sitcom one year and later struggle to make ends meet.

Living in Hollywood, I couldn't pass on the opportunity to jump in and see what it's all about. This week, I took on an unpaid role as an extra in a commercial for The Original Wine of the Month Club. My friend, who owns Embold Media (production company responsible for the shoot), said "just come dressed for a dinner party." Easy enough!  

 

Who was with me:

To my surprise, it took a village to shoot a 1 minute commercial, somewhere around 25 people. From talent, to grip, to the above the line team (producers, directors, cinematographers), and of course don’t forget the extras. We had a lot of fun cause many of the extras were actually our friends.

 My friend Fatima and her husband came along for the fun. 

My friend Fatima and her husband came along for the fun. 

What did I learn:

For starters, extras aren’t treated very nicely. Almost as if we are not human. But that didn’t stop me from being myself on set. I used my humor and charm to break down the tough exterior personality of the first AD and eventually had him calling me by my first name instead of “hey you.” I also learned a lot about how a scene is shot, all the different players behind the camera, and how directors coach the actors.

Would I do this again:

I would be happy to play an extra in a movie, TV show, or commercial again as long as I am friends with the people in charge. That way I get the special pass. Otherwise, no thanks.

Week 4: Flying Trapeze Lesson at Santa Monica Pier

Week 4: Flying Trapeze Lesson at Santa Monica Pier

Week 2: Bee keeping in Carmel Valley Ranch.

Week 2: Bee keeping in Carmel Valley Ranch.