In an effort to continue on my journey of making 28 the best year yet, I certainly have had a memorable week doing some new and exciting things! It’s hard to sum up sometimes how lucky I must be to have this life. I travel, I have new experiences and I get to share them with some really great people.
I apologize in advance for how long this entry is going to be! Let’s face it though, you can’t scale back awesomeness 🙂
After working in some great pillars of the entertainment industry (sports and music), I had yet to have anything to do with the world of movies. Luckily for Cleveland, it’s been a hot bed for movie-making over the last few years. My guesses are that A) it’s cheap to film here, B) we are willing to trash it and let things be blown up on the sidewalks and C) Cleveland can be made to essentially look like any other city you want it to (ironic…why not just let it be Cleveland?!).
Without going into too much detail (legally…sorry guys), I was cast as an extra for a film that will hit the theaters next June. The day started at 1:30pm filling out paperwork and waiting in lines…for about 4 hours. No joke. This is not the glamourous life that’s for sure. For $8/hr, I would suck it up once…but I can’t imagine doing it again for a tiny chance that my one baby bobby pin would make an appearance in the film.
We had to bring three of our own outfits that met certain requirements for our wardrobe. The costume directors would pick the one that they wanted you to wear. My biggest concern going in was, what if they hate all my outfits? Do I get told to go home? Obviously they are probably used to LA/NYC with their Gucci and Prada, so will my trendy Express shirt and Target dress cut it? Luckily for me, they liked the black dress I had on, so i was sent along to hair and makeup. PHEW.
Not so lucky for one of my co-workers. Her adorable, chic outfit was given a “no.” They advised her to wear gray slacks, tan undershirt (somewhat like a tank top) and an old tan cardigan. How this was deemed fashionable, I will never know. The rebellious co-worker just avoided making a total change (she did rock some pants) and hoped that the costume crazies would never find her (they never did).
Hair and make up lines were outrageous. Keep in mind we were told to come with hair and makeup ready, so I was assuming unless you looked like a hot mess, you were probably going to pass this test. They didn’t touch our makeup, but simply put on lipstick. Easy enough. The hair ladies came by and nodded their heads, so off we went to another holding area.
As we were getting called to go on set, a hair lady pulled me aside and said, “Did we approve your hair?” I said, “Yep!” She gave it a quick disgusted look and said, “Oh no. I’ll find you on set.” Immediately, I was in a panic because I had taken a lot of time on my hair that morning and there were like 100 bobby pins holding it together… it wasn’t coming down. The remainder of the day I spent hiding from the hair ladies with their snarly combs and Aqua Net hairspray. I hope that not conforming to their bland hair-do’s doesn’t ruin my chance to make the final cut!
Being an extra means a lot of waiting on set and watching things unfold. We re-did the same cheering scenes and walking in the background about 100 times. We were pantomiming (acting like we were talking but not actually talking) while drinking beer (O’Douls) and red wine (grape juice). We did actually get to talk to the celebrities and watch them work. All of the cameras, lights and set up were pretty interesting to observe.
At the end of a very long day (around 2:30am), we wrapped. The director was more than appreciative of our efforts and thanked us for being part of the process. I think all that work will go into a 5 minute scene but I’ll be on lookout for my big film debut next year. More than anything, what a cool thing to experience and add to the list of why this year has been so awesome!
Country music… Southern hospitality… history… beauty. I had never made a trip to Nashville but it’s been on my list of places I had to get to for quite some time. My mom and I decided to do our first ever girls weekend, which will now probably be an annual event since we had so much fun!
Everything about it was what I was hoping it would be. Nashville is an amazingly clean city, easy to get around with tons to do. What impressed me the most was the general sweet disposition and helpful, caring attitudes of pretty much everyone we encountered. My mom couldn’t parallel park and a lady pulled up next to her to help guide her in. 5 minutes out of her day just to help a visitor out. I never opened a door when a sweet southern gentleman was in my midst. Everyone was very helpful and friendly – engaging in conversation because they truly wanted to talk to you…not because they felt obligated.
Of course, I ultimately went there for the music. Live country music everywhere all times of day is like heaven for me. I had moonshine and sang along to my country faves at the iconic Tootsie’s Lounge at 11am on a Monday. I ate dinner at Puckett’s (fried green tomatoes no less) and listened to up-and-comer Sammy Arriaga fill the room with his beautiful voice. At one point I had to stop and ask for $40 worth of $1 bills…to which I clarified, “I’m not going to the strip clubs,” because naturally that’s what people would assume, right? The cashier looked at me and said, “Oh no honey…I get it. You’re just supporting the music careers of some of the country’s greatest talent trying to make it big.” You really never know who you may be tipping a couple of bucks that will turn into the next Taylor Swift (discovered in Nashville at the Bluebird Cafe) or Loretta Lynn (Tootsie’s).
The trip ended entirely too quickly but the memories made will last a lifetime and there are certainly more to be had!
‘Cause oh,oh,oh, I got a motorcycle baby
Oh,oh,oh, come on take a ride with me
Oh,oh,oh, I promise you a hell of a ride
‘Cause I got a motorcycle tonight (-Kip Moore)
I wouldn’t consider myself an adrenalin junky, but the quick shot of something crazy running through my veins is exciting. That’s why I don’t think it took me too long to agree to hop on a motorcycle for the first time in my life this week. It’s somewhat shocking that it took me this long – especially considering I have purchased a motorcycle before (for a crazy ex-boyfriend … bad story – will probably come up at a later time) and never got to ride it once (jerk).
There’s something to be said for experiencing riding on an open air vehicle that is so different than riding in any sort of car/truck. You can smell absolutely everything…feel the fresh summer breeze blow past your whole body…take in the beauty of the sky and/or stars. You think a sunroof view is cool?! Just wait… While a lot of people think it’s an adrenalin rush, it can also be very calming and tranquil…especially if you got a long stretch of highway and a large open sky (next time?!).
Here’s a couple of lessons I learned from the experience:
Rule #1 – Don’t wear yoga pants. Pretty sure my ass almost slid right off the back a few times. I need some pants with more traction…
Rule #2 – Ride at night. I thought it would be extra scary going at night for the first time but honestly, I think it made it that much more awesome. You get to take in the beauty of the open sky with stars and deal with less traffic around you.
Rule #3 – If your boobs are smooshed onto the driver, you’re holding on tight enough. (Helps if he is hot)
Rule #4 – Trust your driver.
Rule #5 – You actually don’t have to yell … the person driving can hear you just fine if you talk pretty normally.
Rule #6 – Get some good tunes and crank ’em up!
Rule #7 – Guys don’t get to ride with guys…. Yep, I had to ask…. but now that i picture it, it seems kind of obvious.
Rule #8 – Enjoy it – it goes fast 🙂
While I don’t think I will go out and buy a motorcycle for myself, I certainly have a better understanding of why people have them. It kinda made me feel like a badass – maybe more night rides will be in store for 2013.
This is a officially a wrap on this blog. Thanks for hanging in there 🙂