Movies are Glamorous
Movies are made to be glamorous. Audiences sit in a theatre and are awed by the luxurious sets, colorful costumes and the beautiful actors. The life of a movie extra? Not glamorous at all.
Remember Your Cues
Though everyone who worked on the set was nice, the life of an extra can be one notch above boring. We spent a lot of time standing around and waiting. And then we had to rehearse. As a movie extra, we had to watch our cues and remember where we had to be and when. Marks on the floor would show the stopping and starting points. When the director yelled action, everyone moved.
In one film I worked in, the director wanted the girls to wear dresses. I didn’t know why until I reached the set. We had a scene set in a college library and when the camera panned past me, I had to lift the hem of my dress and scratch my leg. Like I’d do that in public, but this is Hollywood. Nothing is real especially me scratching my leg in a library.
I hope you’re well and your life is getting close to normal.
Have a wonderful and blessed week!