Ha - its not all bad though. Last fall I worked as an extra on Robert Rodriguez's Alita: Battle Angel and got to walk right past Jennifer Connolly while on camera. I later watched her from afar while she performed her scene. I've always thought she looked so elegant in her films. The way she carries herself is so formal and yet soft. I think it must be quite the advantage to her career: she gives off this aura of authority and beauty by having amazing posture and moving with grace! So, yeah, I creepily watched her from a distance to see how I can learn from her.
Working as an extra on smaller productions offers a very different experience. I don't get to stare - excuse me, admire - famous Hollywood types, but I do really get to hang out with some talented people and watch them work, which, for those that love to observe (like me!) that can be pretty fun! In the last several weeks I've gotten to work as an extra on couple of different Rooster Teeth productions. The second one in particular was a great time because it was in the comfort of the AC on a very hot day!
Two of the episodes recently came out. The series is called "Million Dollar But..." and a few people chat about getting a million dollars but in return they have to do these terrible or disgusting things. Would you take the money or not? Videos are posted below. In the episode with Grace Helbig, keep an eye out for me at 1:37, 3:32, 3:56. In the episode with Hannah Hart, keep an eye out for me at 1:00 and 4:21.
I did not realize until recently the intense following that Rooster Teeth has! Since I'm working on my own series concept, potentially to be a web series, I'd really love to pick the brains of one of the founders or perhaps a sales or marketing manager or the like: whoever focuses their attention on distribution. Its one thing to make a film; its another to get it seen. But that is a blog post for another time; there is so much to be said on that.
Since Rooster Teeth makes web series and since they got their foot hold into youtube before youtube was really even a thing, I am sure the founders have a great deal of insight on the subject. So, if anyone knows the distributions manager at Rooster Teeth or any of the founders and wants to introduce me so I can pick their brain and ask for advice on how to distribute my own series, let me know! (I'm serious). Thanks, y'all!
And since there is a Friends reference for everything:
Ross walks into Central Perk with a huge stack of newspapers.
Ross: Hey, you guys. I got some bad news.
Phoebe: Well that's no way to sell newspapers. Why don't you try, 'Extra! Extra! Read all about it!'