I got to be an extra in a film!

I received an email on Wednesday, August 17, asking if I’d like to be an extra in a film that was being made in Cincinnati, and starring a major film star. The call was for Monday, August 22, and I had to be available for the entire day, but they also promised they’d let me know closer to the date when I would be expected to arrive on set.

I replied that I was interested and happy to participate, and Becca told me she’d be sending me more detailed information over the weekend as to the particulars.

On Saturday evening, August 20, I received an email giving me the arrival time, the address of the staging area, and what potential costumes to bring. It was also on Saturday that I learned I was to be a wedding guest. I needed to bring evening gowns, cocktail gowns, handbags, purses, clutches, jewelry, and shoes. Threw everything I had into a duffle bag, and put it into the back of my Volkswagen Bug, in preparation for Monday night.

We were also asked to wear some basic makeup and to have our hair fresh and clean and if possible, to arrive with our hair in rollers.

 

I was also warned that the filming would easily last through the night into the early hours of morning.

My call was for five o’clock, so at three o’clock, I left home. Stopped at the JC Penney salon for a quick and dirty eyebrow wax–major caterpillar activity going on at my brow-line–and I also went to the Sephora counter for a free consultation. I asked for foundation and the woman sold me a pre-foundation product and the foundation itself. I don’t normally wear makeup at all, and so I felt I needed a professional to apply my makeup.

I arrived, excited, breathless, and terrified. The staging area is located on an entire floor of an old building in downtown Cincinnati, with ample free parking. I walked in, was told what floor to go to, and rode the elevator up.

After filling out employment and verification of U.S. citizenship paperwork, I was told to go to hair and makeup.The people who work behind the scenes on film sets are the most wonderful, lovely, kind, charming, and warm people you could ever hope to meet. A lovely brunette lady whipped my hair into shape, teasing it, fluffing it, and hair-drying it until it stood up from my scalp of its own volition.

Makeup. I could’ve simply let the makeup ladies do it all, because they were ready and willing, but one lady handed me an eyelash curler and told me the rubber had been doused with antiseptic, and told me to curl my eyelashes, then I applied mascara. The other lady applied lip color. You keep your lips relaxed, then gently close your mouth, and she applies the lipstick and then some gloss.

In retrospect, I should’ve put on my costume first and then gone to hair and makeup, because I had a bit of trouble removing the tee shirt I wore to the staging area, but then it was time to put on my costume.

So I’ll know better next time.

I put on my favorite black cocktail dress and when I showed it to a crew lady, she said it wasn’t fancy enough for a wedding. I’d only brought cocktail dresses, so she provided me with a ball gown from wardrobe. It was gorgeous and sexy but I couldn’t get the zipper to go up, and then she gave me a slightly larger ball gown, and I still couldn’t get the zipper to go up. Crap!

Then I was handed a really lavish gown with long sleeves, a high, tight neck, and a bodice just sparkling in sequins. That dress, of course, fit. It was perfect too, considering the film, the characters, and the kind of person who’d attend a wedding like this, but it was scratchy and uncomfortable.

But a girl sometimes has to suffer for her art.

Changed my hose from black to nude, and then changed the shoes from black pumps to silver sandals, and I was ready to go! I signed a form acknowledging that I was borrowing the dress and also the clip-on earrings. I brought my own cute little handbag, and at the appointed time, we were ushered into vans and driven to the set.

More later!

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