Got a phone call from my service at 10 p.m. "Do you have your details?"
Me: "Wait. What? I'm booked?"
Service: "Yeah, like three hours ago. You didn't confirm, and everyone else did,"
Me: "I didn't get the notification. Go ahead and confirm me, and I'll check the details online. What's the gig?"
Service: "____, BG with car. I'll re-send it; you don't have to confirm, I've got you confirmed. Have a great day on set!"
Me: "Thanks, I'll check it now. Thanks for calling. Sorry about the confusion."
|last night's sleep: 105% of my 7.5 hour goal|
TODAY's steps: 40% (4088 steps out of 10K goal)
Got up with the alarm, checked the call time change box to discover my call was 1/2 an hour later, and completed my morning. Mapped out my route to BOTH the basecamp AND the location, in case I was actually supposed to arrive at basecamp rather than the location (since the call time had changed, that detail could have changed as well), and then headed out early enough to get there and go to the other, if necessary.
Got parked; got checked in. Was offered a breakfast burrito, but since I don't like eggs, I declined, opting for my yogurt from home instead. Moved my car to a different space. Hung out with another BG artist while we awaited further instruction. Moved my car again. Made my way over to a "holding" area and spent the day checking Twitter and chatting with the other BG artists who were also not working in picture (seriously, our cars were the "atmosphere" today, not us).
By the time production was ready to wrap that location, they also realized that they might want us to drive in the scenes at the next location, so we got back into our cars to drive to basecamp. Even though I had mapped it out earlier, my phone at that point had zero battery, so the Boy Band in Waze was not going to get me to my destination. I had to follow another BG artist, who was kind enough to not lose me.
|"gratuitous" behind the scenes picture. |
Background Acting isn't for everyone. Some people actually crave camera time. Some people don't want to act without dialogue. Some people don't want to be paid a living wage with multiple "bumps" for doing essentially nothing. I am not one of those people. Some days, I get to have a five minute nonversation right behind a lead actor, and some days, I get to let my car do all the work. I really don't care. You could hire me to walk away from camera (back of my head), every shot of every day of every shoot for every production for the rest of my life, and I will feel satisfied and fulfilled. Well, maybe not every shot. Still. My favorite place in the world is "on set". Put me on set. Give me a task that I'm capable of doing, and pay me an appropriate wage for that task, and I'll do that task as well as or better than anybody else. For me, that's that feeling when work is not work.
What's YOUR work-is-not-work "dream job"?
... in other news, Stephen got his second pair of new glasses in today's mail:
|I think they make him look "studious"|