Smash…& a little “Extra”

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So last June I was

in a “divorce” haze induced mega slump…

not sleeping as usual…

I came across a FB post at midnight

“Non-Union Extras needed ASAP tomorrow , Smash NBC shoot, NYC

for Fancy Patrons of the Art, Bring 2 changes of costume, must be elegant upperclass city – no gowns or tuxes

must be available for two days – send in head shot”

I don’t know what possesed me…

but before i could rationalize…

I snapped a quick shot with my iphone

of my head…& emailed it.

Not 6 minutes later

I got a response back….

“please report to ….(location) with your costume changes”

I started to laugh as I read it…

really ?I am really going to to do this?

be an extra on Smash? LOL

Tunie B. still had school, and I had someone to cover me in case I was late to pick her up…

so YEAH….I was totally going to do something – DIFFERENT & go experience a different Drama…

other than my life.

But then I panicked…

HELP….My wig needs help- was not washed or set!

I gotta look good…ya never know…

(just in case they need me for a close up – wink, wink)

So I call my cousin, Naomi L…

who even though she is a soon to be nurse…she rocks a curling iron like no one else!

& even though my text sounded crazy….SHE CAME with her magic wand!

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Here we are at 1am in my guest bathroom…trying to make me look semi glamourous.

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the picture is a little fuzzy…but she did an amazing job!

Then it was an early wake up call, drop off Tunie B. & off to NYC…with my “costumes” in tow.

I had NO CLUE what to expect…

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(my costumes…I went with black & white…classic & elegant) & since it was my own clothes…Tzniut was NOT an issue!!)

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(classic & elegant….LOL getting dressed in the basement bathroom of the theatre!!!)

But after I was dressed it was off to makeup & hair

I was excited…

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(hair I did not need…lucky for me, because it was ONLY for Union Members…not us lowly NON-Unon ones!)

BUT I really needed makeup – so I just sat myself down in the nearest makeup chair & “acted” like I belonged…

& this guy did me up…”hollywood style”

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sitting next to me in  the opposite makeup chair was this lovely lady..Shirley.

Who makes her living as a Union/SAG card actor

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and she filled me in on all the “politics” of actor unions etc…

lets just say there is a very DEFINED PECKING order!

But I really did not care ….

I was in it for the FUN & the Adventure of it all…

when I finally was all approved costume & make up wise but the associate producers…

it was off to film…Woohoo

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(me in my final costume)

I checked in to the holding station for all the extras…

I did NOT expect to see 100’s of people!

I thought they were desperate…

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But the Smash producers needed us to fill a theatre

and watch JENNIFER HUDSON…sing live!!

So they ushered us all in & we waited….

& we waited….

& we waited….

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(there are HOURS of technical things being done for 2 minutes of film)

But finally they started…and I was sitting literally underneath Jennifer Hudson – I could touch her.

There was a lot of stopping and starting..

basically all we “extras” had to do is stand up and clap when she finished her song…

over and over again…for 6 hrs!!!!

It was fascinating…what I LOVE about my whole experience was the behind the scenes

watching how it all was done…

BUT it was a LONG day…

& I had to get home to my Tunie B.

so when it was 8 PM and there were looking to film for another 3 hrs…

I asked if I can be let go…

and they were gracious and let me.

& they still PAID me…which was a total perk…

I would have done it for FREE!

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(I made $85 for 10 hrs that day  – paid for the gas & tolls. – Life as an extra – not going to make you RICH!)

Smash is premiering Tomorrow Tuesday Feb 5th – I have no idea when my episode will air or if I ever made it on camera!

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Spaghetti Smash

Talking about Smash…here is a great recipe that I literally made up on a whim. Not only was it inspired..it was a real SMASH with my daughter.

Ingredients:

2 cups of cooked spaghetti

1 cup of ricotta cheese

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. salt & pepper

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 cup of favorite Marinara Sauce

1 1/2 cups shredded mozarella & cheddar cheese

Directions:

In a bowl, mix together the cooked spaghetti,ricotta cheese and the spices.

Then in a greased quiche pan, smash down the spaghetti mixture, forming a crust of sorts on the bottom of the pan.

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Add the marinara on top like you would a pizza.

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Top with the cheese & bake in a 375F oven for 8-10 minutes until cheese has melted and is crusty.

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