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Extra, Extra!

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I get a call to extra on a film. They wanted me to be a bookstore patron, "you just look like you belong in a bookstore!" So i was thinking, since I had to buy a new computer that maybe I should go back to extra-ing every once in a while to make some pin money to make up for the loss.

I took the job.

The job was in Long Beach. I don't drive on highways, but the set was one block away from the Blue Line metro. I thought IT WILL BE AN ADVENTURE! Boy, was it. First off, the train is great, but it goes through the most depressing parts of L.A. I mean, seriously poor and messed up neighborhoods and you just are looking out of the window, and it's kind of upsetting. Happily on the way home, I met like a weird tribe of people. A man from India, an old black guy with a bicycle and a fishing pole and a hipster arty type guy. We all four talked for the hour long ride to 7th Street Station and it was like one of those moments where you were like living in a story. Like, when you read about those adventure novels where like 4 characters who would NEVER talk all suddenly have to save the world or something. It was pretty magical, for me at least. Have you ever done that? Played like desert island? Like look around on the bus or the cafe or wherever and be like, ok, if everything changed right now, right this second and this was it! Who would I make my tribe on a desert island? Who could I survive with?

Anyway, the movie. So, I love sets. I really, really do. There is something incredible about them. I love the way they feel. I love watching what's going on. This film, I did not really get on set very much, mostly i just sat in holding. Which is a bummer, not because I wanted to be on screen, first of all, if you ever do extra work, don't think that you'll ever be seen. you won't. It's not about that, for me, getting to be on the set, it's about getting to watch directors work. It's about seeing how they choose to tell their story.

So instead, I sat in holding and listened to the veteren extras talk and talk about their experiences. I love listening to that. And also, there is the time to read. Day one I read the DaVinci Code. My review: Good Candy.

Day Two I read Cynthia Leitich Smith's new Gothic novel Tantalize and WOWZA! is that book written in my code or what! It was so friggin good. I mean, the way that she builds the world is so seamless and the suspense of what is really going on, I was turning those pages like I was eating them. I loved the romance. I loved the tension. I loved the writing. I don't know that much about Vampire stories. Actually, this may be the first one that I've actually ever finished. Vampires have never really been my thing, but Holy Moly! She made it so compelling I could not put the book down. And funny. It's funny! I really felt like I was getting a classic vampire story that was satisfying on every single level and everything about it made sense to me. And I loved loved loved the ending. Put this book on the top of your To Be Read Pile. It's so excellent. Bravo Cyn!

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slatts
Jun. 15th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
sounds like an adventure--being on set, being an extra.

Riding the train with strangers is a cool adventure, too (at least the way you write it!)
literaticat
Jun. 15th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
When I was in high school I extra-ed for my summer job. It was pretty hilarious, sometimes. Sometimes NOT.

Also, I want to read tantalize!
castellucci
Jun. 17th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
I keep missing your im's and I don't have your email anymore. email me!

to answer your questions 1) I want to hear alll about it!

2) no, the love doctor has not called or emailed.
beachalatte
Jun. 15th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
Loved your story about the set. :)
arthurslade
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
Cool! Playing a bookstore owner.

And Cynthia has a new book out. I obviously don't have my ear to the ground. I'll have to read it!

Art
slayground
Jun. 16th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
Desert island is fun. Which person or people - Which species - Which books!
donnafantastico
Jun. 16th, 2006 07:32 am (UTC)
Don't tease us with books we mere mortals can't have! ;)

I took public transit yesterday and a guy swore at me. :/ It's a lottery...
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