Best Extra-ing Ever - Three Busy Debras

Being an extra in TVs and movies has been a goal of mine for some time now (previously covered on BdW here, here, and here). I dream about it, I tell everyone I know about it (in hopes they've got an inside connection), and I meticulously capture each appearance. While progress toward my ultimate goal is moving at a pace slower than I'd originally hoped, I'm at least making some headway.

Of the dozen or so times I've gotten the opportunity to be a part of various commercials, shows, and movies, my time on Three Busy Debras is easily the most fun I've had! Some sets are a lot of waiting, less-than-ideal conditions, and , in the end, very little (if any*) screen time*. This time around, it was different: Della got to be there for 2 of the 4 days of filming, we got to do cartwheels(!), all the other extras were super fun, and the show is a genuine hoot! Top that off with lots of great screen time in the finished product, it feels like a total win.

Often, when the show finally comes out, I meticulously watch for myself only to catch a far away glimpse in the far background (or even less). It's a weird kind of craps shoot—putting in long, inconvenient days with a chance that all of your footage might end up on the cutting room floor. So when you see yourself not just in the far off background, but in the mid-background, and *gasp* foreground, it is really really fun. Top that off with the fact that the show itself is super entertaining and it feels like a perfect combo.

I plan to continue working towards my goal*. I've got a clip or two still in the pipeline. And my agent is still working hard on my behalf*. But after 4+ years in the biz, I realize that waiting around probably isn't going to make me a background star. I need to get out there and work for it! But whatever happens, of course you'll hear all about it here.
Monday April 27 2020File under: extra, video

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on Sun 07th Jun, 2020 03:28 pm EDT Horge said:
I like that in the cartwheels photo, it kinda looks you're giving birth to that old man.
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on Thu 25th Jun, 2020 03:36 pm EDT Horge said:
Hey Wren, just saw an article (linked above) and thought of you. Think you can swing yourself a work-visa for NZ? Seems they're looking for extras to be in the Lord of the Rings series from Amazon they're making. But don't worry, it wasn't this quote which reminded me of you “facial burns, long skinny limbs, acne scars, deep cheekbones, a bulbous or interesting nose, ears that stick out, facial lines, missing bones, large eyes, skinny faces, and more” but rather “androgynous men and women, hairy HAIRY people of all ages and ethnicities, CIRCUS PERFORMERS WHO CAN JUGGLE, stocky mean-looking bikers, and red heads of all ages, shapes, and sizes.” If you want the job, give 'er a try - not sure about burning your face or removing bones in order to up your chances, though...
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