Dear Dream Big,
It is Friday February 23:
For the first time in a long time as an actress; I was a busy girl this week. Which is why there wasn’t a Dream Big column on Monday. I am very fortunate to feel so tired; even though there were parts of this weeks experiences that weren’t the greatest, there were other things that made it all worth while...
Anyone who is just beginning their acting career starts out as an extra, or background as affectionately they refer to you as; it is simply the way of the entertainment world. It is most definitely not the most glamorous of all, where you are sometimes treated more like chattel, grazing upon junk food, and using the bathroom outside is life. Although, the experience of being an extra outweighs the low pay, and long hours. I look at it almost as being paid for acting class basics 101, it’s the kind of hands on practice you may not get in a studio. On a set you learn more than you can ever imagine, and if you pay close attention to the crew, the stand-ins, the director, and the 1st, or 2nd AD (assistant directors), you can learn the lingo, and what other roles are played out behind the scenes.
As a background actor you lea