Some acting jobs are better than others
August 9, 2017 6:57pm CST
All jobs are like that of course, but really, for "extras" work, most of it is un-glamorous background stuff, providing a body to fill a space during the filming of a commercial. That was my job Tuesday when a series of six commercials was being filmed for an urgent care clinic in Vancouver, Washington, about twenty miles north of Portland. As it turned out, I did not have to be there until 9 AM, but morning traffic is a wild card, so I left at 5 :50 AM. It turned out to be a long day. I got home at 7:30 PM. Breakfast and lunch were catered and very good. Extras not being used waited under a canopy with folding chairs and tables. As the day grew hotter and the air smokier (many forest fires), it was not so pleasant. Temperatures reached the mid-90s. Finally at nearly 5 PM, it was a wrap, we were given checks and headed home. My two hour trip home took about an extra forty minutes due to rush hour traffic. On the upside, besides getting paid, I met several nice people and found out about a new casting agency that is getting a lot of work. I will sign up there today. I elected to wait on seeing my daughter until Friday, when I will go up and spend the night at her house.
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• Moses Lake, Washington
@JamesHxstatic We're headed back to the Albany area this Spring though the Portland area traffic gives me the Willies. I bet you know the answer to this question: Is Lebanon, Oregon super far from the Albany area? I think they have bus service. I'm guessing its far due to the lower prices of houses there.
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
My tattoo artist was in TLC's very first commercial for Trading Spaces, and played a Mummy for their Mummy Week.
• United States
@JamesHxstatic My son was an extra once. My friend and I stopped to watch a movie being made on location and we had our 6 year old children with us. Someone came over and asked if the children could be extras. We both agreed and it was fun to watch them running through the scene as instructed. They did a good job. It was a HBO movie but since I didn't subscribe, I never saw the move.
• Eugene, Oregon
Not very often really, but I am hoping with this new casting agency to get more calls. Since I am retired, it is sort of an unusual hobby that pays occasionally. Perhaps if I lived in Los Angeles there would be more opportunity, but, I would have to live in Los Angeles. There was one man there who gets a lot a work and had a recurring role as a police officer on a series filmed in Portland called Grimm (over now), but he does pretty well and lives much closer than I. It is a hundred mile drive for me.
• Eugene, Oregon
I suspect it will only run in the state of Washington, since that urgent care place does not operate where I live. If I find a way that the Bad Exoricsts movie can be widely seen when it is released to TV, I will share that info.