*a photo i took at multnomah falls weekend before last.
i meant to come on here yesterday to say that i took a week hiatus from being online, especially facebook (outside of my social media/freelance commitments) as i knew that this would be a very hard week for me. in fact, THIS year for holidays will be hard to say the very least.
i simply wanted to wish you all a happy, healthy and enjoyable thanksgiving with your families. please don't bitch (yes, it's my blog, i said it) about who you are with, complain, fight, argue, etc. take it ALL in, make memories, embrace it fully, hug hard and be thankful.
NBC's new TV show: Grimm, set and filmed in/around Portland, Oregon. says the girl who doesn't watch TV and the house sit i'm in doesn't have cable. so i had to do my homework on HULU.com - online TV for free. and i have to say, i might just be a little more scared to hike on oregon trails now....ha, ha.
some friends and i answered a craigslist application to be extras on the show....i got the call the same night...GULP. i thought it was a joke when she called, and she called me twice for two call times wednesday and thursday, like yesterday and the day before. i was told i would be playing an extra as a detective and to bring my best business looking attire with a trench coat. no problem i said. why YES, i do own two trench coats...ha. i was in target running errands when she called. i had to contain my shock and excitement because of customers and i carefully picked my jaw up off the ground and went on my way.
my props, which are very real. too bad i couldn't keep the badge.
the first day started at 11am. the calls can go from 5 minutes on the set to 15 hours on the set. the reason i know this is because mine was the latter of the two. i spent FIFTEEN hours on the set of Grimm on my very first day. GULP. and i didn't even play detective. i was asked to be a stand in for two characters. a stand in simply takes the place of the main character while the crew, director, producer, etc is getting the shot just right....allowing the main characters to rest, etc. this allows all stand ins full set access, meeting and seeing main actors, etc. and let me tell you, for my first experience as a stand in...the cast and crew were amazingly awesome, kind, laid back and simply super cool.
Silas Weir Mitchell
these were the actors i was allowed to see on set during my stand in time on the FIRST day.
the SECOND day was only 7 hours and only 3 of the above actors. wait for it....
news from the second day (yesterday) even though it was a shorter day, it was the BEST day i have to say. i was called in as 'extra' for detective on this day. and WELL, i played a REAL extra as a detective in a 'real' scene with the main actors of the show. this i have to say was AWESOME. luckily i didn't have any lines (extras ever rarely do) and i can't yet tell you what i did until the episode airs of course but WOW that was fun. even if i'm a simple blur on the screen OR if my scene is cut...i.don't.care. the experience alone was enough to make me happy. EEEEEK.
here are some photos from the set on the 2nd day with all the new peeps i met. some very amazing people when you spend that much time together, we had a really good time.
here we are all dressed up and ready to go.
someone captured this one of me.
this is new friend matt getting suited up to break down a door. he was very excited about this.
this was earlier in the day when we were getting our props.
we weren't allowed to be up close and personal when the door was getting broken down.
i have to say, it was a GREAT experience and something i'm so glad that i got to do. i may never get another call back, and that will be okay, the experience alone was priceless.
on a funnier note: we were asked to send in TWO photos of ourselves with the application. as most of you know, i'm usually the one BEHIND the camera and every RARELY have photos taken of me....PLUS, i had just chopped off all my hair...missing my long hair but probably a good thing if they chose me based on my photos...ha! i wasn't going to show you the photos but i will. the second day on the set, i was told by the Extras Casting Coordinator that i was chosen because i looked like i had my act together and that i looked like i had it under control. okay, WOW...because here are the two photos i sent in:
BEFORE the haircut and eyes CLOSED no less - photo taken in september.
AFTER haircut in october before i left colorado. uh huh, sure, i look like i have my act together. don't get me wrong. it was a HUGE compliment but good grief, these are not the two photos that i would say represent having it 'under control'. but i'll take it!
thanks for letting me share my experience.
p.s. i can NOW say that i'm not a detective but i play one on TV....i know you knew that was coming!
are YOU joining us in She Art No. 2. i know you heard me loud and clear when i took the first She Art workshop. from that it has turned into an amazing freelance gig and friendship. so YES, call this a PSA if you will....OR call it your plea to take back your creative reigns and do something for youself, the fun begins today.
Today is the last day to register for She Art 2! Come see sneak peeks of the class on Christy's blog and join in the fun! This class will close tonight at midnight tonight! AND will not be available again until February of 2013! So come join! Plus remember you get an entire 6 months to view the workshop! So plenty of time to work through all of the awesome content! See you there!
alberta park - a trail i'm considering walking on a daily basis.
wow, wow, WOW....how did that happen. it's november. who knew. you know how it just sneaks up on you and says BAM i'm here...yeah, that's what it's like. AND today marks ONE week since i arrived in portland, oregon. still surreal that i'm even here. i had great intentions of an amazing blog post for my first week but alas, i have been swamped with work. i am very grateful to be as busy as i've been.
just yesterday i chose the new Ruby Rock-It Design Team for 2011-2012. that was not an easy task. i received so many great entries, it's always hard to chose the best representation of a company and brand, luckily i survived and i'm sleeping again.
we will soon get busy on all the fun that is forthcoming. i'm so excited for this team!
the house sit is going great. rosie and toops are lovely. such divas they are too. i'm really enjoying taking care of them. always wanted chickens of my own. now i get to add them to my repertoire at least.
a driveway off of broadway.
did i happen to mention that fall arrived a few days before i did!!?? WOW. i've seen fall in four different states within at least two months time. who knew that i would have that opportunity. the colors are so diferent here as there are more species of trees to change colors. the whole range of colors in fall is represented here. sigh.
just wanted those who are watching to know that i'm alive and well. thanks for caring.