A lot has happened in two months...
I celebrated my 33rd birthday - YAY! I booked and shot my first TV show - that will be aired in Canada and the US...YAY!
I changed my hair...brown and normal...bye bye bleach blond...YAY!
And feel refreshed and focused....YAY!
I guess now is a good time to tell you what happened during my TV shoot!
So I head in to Hamilton which is about an hour away from Toronto, that is where the filming was taking place. My scenes were being filmed in an Equestrian Riding Centre...
I get there and I'm grreted my by the make-up team....In the TV show its the 80's - remember that? The crimped hair...the poof there it is...the huge side bang...YUP - that had to be my hair!
The make-up artist starts on me...blue eyeshadow...streaky cheeks...and a lot of frosty lipstick. The main make-up artist comes over and says "Umm... ya that's not going to work...she's too pretty - you need more rouge...maybe more eyeliner or shadow...just a lot more...
After a reapplication on top of the other reapplication....the main make-up artist says...yup too pretty...I'm just going to have to mess up her hair.
Then I sat in hair for a while...I got this weird looking flappy look...charlies angle style...but really messy and very hairsprayed....(I still think I looked ok).
Then wardrobe time...I get this very 80's shirt, with this very 80's feather in my hair....then they give me THE JEANS...acid washed...yucky! They give me a size 6...ummm...ya...I'm not a size 6...
The wardrobe person says "but it has stretch"...
Ya...it does not have stretch at all - none - I feel like a sausage casing and I cant breathe...Oh and I cant zip up the pants...it's embarrasing when you come out of the change room and have to say..."umm it doesnt fit...."
So now she hands me a size 8..."ummm....still not a size 8"...
"Just try it...it has stretch"...she says.
Ok so now I try it on and I have muffin top and I still cant zip or button it...
"I'm a 10, I tell her..."
"Oh..." she says.
(Cue awkward music here....)
(She didnt have my size jeans...I have no pants...my first shoot and no pants...)
So I say to her... "I always pack a wardrobe of my own...just in case, do you want to see what I have with me?"
In my bag, I have the following:
- Strapless bra / Cream bra and Black bra
- Socks and stockings - both colours
- A pair of ripped jeans
- A tank top
- A cardigan
- Breath mints
- Hair brush
- Sides (script)
So she looks around and says "love the jeans, love the boots".
GREAT! I get to wear my own pants!
The PA crew then rushes me to the set - I'm only set to film for two hours...but I end up filming for 4 hours...There are so many shots to take and a lot of set changes, different angles etc...
I hope it looks good when it gets played.
I meet my fellow actors...we have a lot of laughs...we joke around...we are serious when we need to and we are professionals when we are shooting...
Its really a great time...
Then I'm wrapped. And just like that that...the make-up comes off...the retro look is gone and I'm back to being me...
But then something fully happens...I'm leaving the equestrian centre and a couple of people are downstairs waiting by the doors...
"Hey...are you one of the actresses?", this man says with his kids by his side.
"Yes, I am...I just finish shooting my scenes..."I said.
"Can I have a picture with you? I mean...who knows where your career will go in the future..."
"Sure", I say.
Click goes the camera.
"Have a great night", I reply as I'm on the way out.
"Hey", he shouts. "Can't wait to see you in the show"
"Thank you!" I reply.
I reach my car, start it up and smile.
My first TV show...
Did I forget to tell you?
It was pretty awesome!