Best wishes to all! Hope that everyone is doing well! Work and my photography have kept me quite busy! Including my dream adventure to… London, England!!! Last September was when I ventured on the trip of a lifetime, one where I visited MANY gorgeous sites, including numerous Doctor Who and Sherlock film locations. I could go on and on, but that dear story, and my trips to the Big Apple this year, are stories I will save for another time. Since it has been quite some time since you have been updated, so please allow me to remedy that right now!
A few months ago I left my job in order to more thoroughly pursue a career in film and television. It was truly a nerve-wrecking decision, and one that has left my checking account slowly depleting at a terrifying rate. However, I do have a small bit of savings and I know that if I do not try my best now, then I will forever regret not giving it my all. Only time shall tell and bring the blessings forth. My efforts have not been completely in vain as I have made a few baby steps in the right direction. While the accomplishments may yet be small, I am still proud of the result and maybe one day soon they will lead to a wonderfully, comforting, and steady job on a film or television set, maybe even one day to the set of my all time favorite, Supernatural. xo
While I may have only had a small role as a Production Assistant on the set of The Living, I am none the less proud, and am incredibly excited as I continue to watch the film and its creators’ succeed. As I continue adding to my memory/Behind the Scenes post of this project, (one which I will share with you once I have seen the film next month) I still wanted to update you with the ongoing hard efforts being put forth to help launch this film into the spotlight, as I truly wish the producers (Shooting Films), director, actors, and crew nothing but great success!
For more information on The Living, please visit:
-The Living‘s Facebook page for current updates
-The Living‘s gorgeous new Official Site
-Or view the new trailer on the homepage of iTunes!!
Breaking into the world of film and television is incredibly difficult, of that I have always been painfully aware. Unfortunately, when you fall into what feels like an incredible void, you can’t help but feel a bit nervous. No matter how hard you work or how much you try, sometimes you feel like such a tiny little fish, waving in the ocean, hoping that someone notices you from a satellite millions of miles away. One night, I was feeling incredibly discouraged, and on a whim commented on a post made by the beautifully talented Karen David, most recently featured as the beautiful Princess Isabella on ABC’s Galavant. My comment was, of course, relevant to the article she had just posted about starting film careers and what you wish you could tell your younger self. However, what I never expected, was to have a conversation with the budding artist! And no matter how brief it was, or how simple it may have seemed to her, sometimes having the right people, saying just the right thing, is EXACTLY what you need to hear, and I will admit, helped encourage me dearly and I will always be thankful.
With new found enthusiasm from her kind words, I set forth to try and finally force my way into my elusive career field. A month after this, and a lot of hard work later, I FINALLY heard back from someone…and it was Tail Stick’s Casting with an offer for me to be a “NATO Protestor” in an upcoming episode of NBC’s Chicago P.D.!! I was completely ecstatic and overwhelmed with joy. It didn’t bother me in the least that the role was for a background player, the only thing that gave me pause was that I would (obviously) need to travel to…Chicago. The thought of the money required and the distance needed to be traversed definitely gave me a moment’s hesitation, but then I realized, this is why I left my job. In the hopes that I would receive a miracle opportunity, no matter how small. I immediately called my dear friend Emad who lives in Chicago, asking if I could spend the night, and he offered me a week! Two days later I hopped in my beautiful little 2005 Blue Chevy Cobalt and made the 12 hour journey to Chicago Illinois! I could spend so much time telling you about my insane journey, and the truly lovely week of adventures I had with my friend, in a city I had never before visited, but for the sake of time I will simply tell you that I made it safely, and had a wonderful experience on the set of Chicago P.D. After receiving a grand total of 3 hours sleep after my journey I awoke early to make my 5AM call time. The day was FREEZING (it was early February), and we spent 90% of our time outside, but it was all worth it. And the food! There was so much! We (the protest extras) were fed a hot breakfast buffet, a doughnut and coffee buffet, pizza, a hot lunch buffet, and sandwiches! I couldn’t believe it all! Unfortunately I was still so nervous, I was only able to eat a small bit, but what I did have was delicious. It was truly amazing being on set, and even more amazing being surrounded by so many young people, like myself, interested in film and television! Though many of those people were shocked to find out I had driven 12 hours for 1 day’s (12 hours worth of) work! It was all so brilliant, and while I am unable to say much so as not to spoil the contents of the season 2 episode 17 story (which airs tomorrow), it was amazing working with the crew and amongst the stars (Sophia Bush was suddenly behind me at one point, quite the surprise!). After so many adventures and the long journey home, I was greeted with one last gift, a check for my efforts. The very first time I was being paid for doing something I loved, and let me tell you, that was everything.
All the while I was in Chicago, I had also been closely following updates from Warner Brothers and MGM’s production of Creed, the newest installment in Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky series. Being a Temple University graduate Philadelphia is obviously very important to me, and the closest city to which I live, so my best chance for finding local productions. I had been in contact with Heery Casting, the agency involved with Creed, hoping to one day hear back from them, and one day …I did. A few weeks after returning from Chicago, and three days before my 27th birthday I was invited to the set of Creed to be an extra as a spectator of an epic boxing match! As I am unable to give you many details, I will say that it was my first time at a studio of that size, and all of the trailers parked outside made it feel like a home. A home I could one day see myself being a part of. We were given two buffets (and of course Philly pretzels) and spent most of our time on set. When we weren’t needed it was fun to sit and watch everything taking place within the boxing ring. The stars and stunt teams had the entire match rehearsed like a smooth dance, and every once in awhile Mr. Stallone would hop into the ring himself to give the young actors some pointers and encouragement. I truly cannot wait to see how the scene was put together. There was a BEAUTIFUL large crane camera that swooped but an inch away from my head at one point! A shot that I’m sure will look amazing, and as someone hoping to one day be behind the camera, truly dazzled me. Our call time had been 11:30AM that morning due to snow the day before, so by time we finished shooting it was 3AM the following day! After working a grand total of 15 hours on set (which became overtime on my paycheck, which was quite nice), and having been awake for 22+, I had a 2 hour drive ahead of me with a severe impending snow storm approaching. It was during The Living that I had learned Red Bull can be a filmmaker’s best friend, and that night it certainly proved so again, as the drive home turned out to be just as adventurous as the day on set! Luckily my father works overnight, and was on standby should I need him, but my little car and I made it safely with all of my new memories and experiences in tow.
In conclusion, while I know that there is a 0.0001% chance that I may show up on film (in either of the productions), they were such lovely experiences, and ones I am more than proud to add to my resume. I proved to myself that I can start making things happen, and can take great risks and still come out on top. There were things that frightened me, but I did them anyway. I am excited to watch my IMDB page grow and to see where I am lead next. While right now I’m back in the waiting stage, a very terrifying place to be as I wait for both pay and opportunity, I am hopeful and prayerful that my next job will soon present itself and that it will be both monetarily beneficial and the next stepping stone to my dreams.