June 19th, 2012
We used to have a fun, really quirky time with Reader Isa back in the day. There was a lot of singing in cars and dressing up in costume. There was a lot of giggling doing our homework together and a lot of decorating stuff with paint pens. None of that sounds that different from your typical perky 16 year olds perhaps; and truthfully, it’s a bit challenging to articulate in a blog post what growing up with Reader Isa was really like.
Reader Isa is different than other people, and her influence has had a tremendous impact on me. She’s taught me so much about being comfortable in my own skin, being creative, and mostly, what abundant faith really looks like. I am forever grateful for her, but that’s enough sweet talk for now.
SO! Yesterday, we did a total throwback to our giggly, high school selves and were extras on a TV show set. As in, we applied, took a day off of work / got a babysitter (respectively), and arrived promptly at our stated “call time.” It. Was. A. Blast. Why?
1) It’s so interesting. You know all that stuff they say about craft services and director’s yelling at people and filming the same thing over and over…it’s true! And it was so cool to see it in person.
2) You meet some characters. People that are “career” extras are an interesting bunch. And Reader Isa talked to every single one of them.
3) The days really are long. We had about a 14 hour day yesterday, and they don’t play around. You are expected to be somewhere at a certain time with your makeup done, your hair curled, and specific attire on (along with 3 other options of what to wear).
4) They film things over and over and over. It’s no lie. They film scenes 12 times and then move the camera and film them again another 12 times. Then move the camera again, etc.
And finally 5) It was just fun to hang out and be random with Reader Isa all day! We totally recommend being an extra one day, but definitely do it with a friend. Because you definitely spend most of your time just sitting there.