Anyway. I booked a gig, but I'll be the first one to tell you that it was no big deal. In fact, I debated accepting the job in the first place. I know, can you spell diva? The pay was low, I didn't have any lines, and I was kinda frustrated that at this point in my career, I was being offered a glorified extra–like role. But then I heard "IMDb credit," "Nobody is working right now," and "You'll be playing a high school student," and suddenly, after dropping a decade from my real age, I felt a little sexier and oh so in demand. Count me in.
Of course, I went on to have the most wonderful of wonderful experiences on set. I had no idea what to expect. I was working on a feature film for an independent production company with a budget of about a half a million dollars. I was aware of the company and had made it my goal to meet as many people associated with the company as possible in my short time on set. With such a busy production company, it stands to reason that there would be more opportunities to strut my stuff in the future. I knew I was in good hands when the executive producer greeted me the moment I arrived on set and the 2nd A.D. quickly got me my SAG paperwork and walked me from wardrobe to makeup and hair. Makeup and hair? I had done my own, thinking I'd be walking onto a set where nobody cared what I looked like. I mean, I didn't have lines.
Not so. I was treated like a princess. The crew was amazing. The cast was amazing. The director liked what I did with my "moments." And, yeah, I got to be a badass emo girl…. I have no idea what about me and my appearance says, "emo girl/hipster," but it has been an ongoing theme in my theatrical life and I definitely embrace it.
I followed up today with a thank-you letter to the executive producer and sent my headshot and résumé for their files. I definitely hope that I get to work with them again in a larger capacity. They were more professional and kind than most "professional" sets I have worked on. Oh, did I mention that I got paid in one week? I'm so accustomed to fighting to get paid, I forgot what it was like to just get paid on time like all actors should be.
So, yeah, I'm glad I did it. I worked on the set for eight hours, worked at my day job for seven hours, and then picked my sister up at the airport that evening. Action-packed day. Action-packed life. One might call me Action Jackson. Hee, hee.
Stacey Jackson is a working actor who blogs on Back Stage's Unscripted.