Well, the big photo shoot was on Saturday. It actually went really well for the most part. I did all my prep before hand – tan, teeth whitening, mani/pedi, facemask… you get it. Which was probably too much prep because it didn’t seem like any of the other girls did things like that, but it’s whatever. I think it was good regardless for me to put some time and money into myself, because it made me feel better.
So I show up at the studio and as I’m walking around to the front of the building I see a photographer in the ally taking pictures of a girl sitting on a dumpster. Oh, so that’s how this is going to be? I walked up and met the casting agent who cast me for the gig and about that time another girl walked up so we went in to get our hair/makeup done and met the rest of the girls.
Let me elaborate on who I was working with here… There was the heavy set improv actress/comedian, the quiet shy stood in the corner and didn’t say 5 words asian girl, the bubbly fun ditzy blonde, the older wise mom type who only spoke when she had something deep and heartfelt to say, the crazy haired urban token wild black girl, the sweet as pie blonde, the gorgeous REAL actress who is on tv, and me, whatever I am, “the new comer”.
I walked in with an attitude of, “Okay, I can do this. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone. I don’t know ANYONE and instead of being recluse and shy I’m going to break out and make some new friends.”
So as soon as I walked in the door I told everyone how me and “sweet as pie blonde” accidently went into the wrong door and nearly got attacked by a giant vicious dog. Everyone looked at me, didn’t say a word, and then went back to what they were doing. Oooook, then.
As more people showed up the mood lightened, but sweet as pie and I clung to each other for the first half hour sharing our stories of how we came across the agency and what we wanted to gain from it. She had been married for 8 years, was in her early 30’s and needed a hobby to get away from her husband and 3 kids every now and then. The other thing I learned was that I was the only person in the group who is single. As per usual.
Eventually, I got my hair done and it looked AWESOME. It was like wavy/curly and beautiful. The make up? Not so much. I didn’t have a chance to look at it before I had to go get my first round of pictures so I honestly had no idea how it looked, I just knew that the makeup artist layer caked it on. The thing is, I’ve had my makeup professionally done a good amount of times and not once has anyone been able to do it where I thought it looked good, so I don’t know why I expected this time to be different. I don’t know if it’s because I typically don’t wear much makeup or what, but because of my dark hair and eyes everyone takes it upon themselves to put the darkest colors ever on my face and those colors just flat out don’t look good on me.
So I went down to the ally to get my first round of photos taken. When I went to change into the second outfit and looked in the mirror I nearly pooped myself. The make up was AWFUL. I was expecting the dark smokey eyes, which don’t look that good on me to begin with, but I knew she was going to do it. She also put brown lipstick on me. I just don’t know what would possess someone to do that? Brown lipstick doesn’t look good on anyone.
Lucky said it best, “They put brown lipstick in samples because no one buys that shit” EXACTLY!
Honestly it looked like I had been down in the alley munching on a big turd. Really. So I wiped it off for the second round of pictures and put my pink lipgloss on, which looked better but brown lipstick is hard to get off, so I had turd colored residue on my lips for the rest of the shoot. I am just still appalled at the lip color choice. Ick!
Lucky suggested that maybe she was trying to make me look older, which is a good guess because I was the youngest one there, but I just don’t know. Gross.
Anyway, once I felt like I looked like a human we went on to the beach to do the group shots. It was pretty chilly and windy, but I think the beach pics will be good regardless. They did have us rolling around in the sand, and I’m pretty sure there was a funeral going on about 50 feet away, but whatta ya do?
All in all it was a really good experience and I’m glad I did it. The girl who does the casting was full of good info. She’s one of those people that speaks what’s on her mind and 99% of the time it’s something hilarious. She’s worked a lot in Hollywood and has been in a lot of movies and was telling us that she can walk into a room and tell everyone who they’d play in a movie. I was the love interest/girl next door/secret geeky star wars fan , the wise mom was the smart always wins lawyer, the impromptu actress was the witty barista, the quiet asian was the secret serial killer, sweet as pie was the over emotional too involved mother… and she gave us all a part to play in our shoot too and even offered to let us use her name in the biz, because “she knows everyone”.
What really got me going was while we had a little bit of down time the actual tv actress was yammering on about all of the gossip with the other actors and actresses on the show that she’s on, which I thought was HIGH-larious. If it were me, I probably wouldn’t have been saying that stuff in a room full of strangers, but being on the receiving end it was pretty exciting. That is until she whipped around and asked me, “So what do you do? Are you an actress?” To which I had to hide my face and shame at all the other people who actually are actresses and make a living doing it and say, “No, I’m an accountant…”
All in all, it was a good time, I met some nice people, and got my foot in the door doing something that’s 1 million times better than sitting behind a desk with a calculator all day. SUCCESS!