Smash…& a little “Extra”
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!
Here we are at 1am in my guest bathroom…trying to make me look semi glamourous.
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…
(my costumes…I went with black & white…classic & elegant) & since it was my own clothes…Tzniut was NOT an issue!!)
(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…
(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”
sitting next to me in the opposite makeup chair was this lovely lady..Shirley.
Who makes her living as a Union/SAG card actor
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
(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…
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….
(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!
(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!
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.
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
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.
Add the marinara on top like you would a pizza.
Top with the cheese & bake in a 375F oven for 8-10 minutes until cheese has melted and is crusty.