For the past few weeks, we’ve been working on set which means we’re pretty stoked and tired. Of course, the movie we’re on set for is an action film that we’ll be seeing open night! Here’s what life is like on set: 1) Drive out to the middle of no where 2) See celebrities 3) Nicely chase away onlookers who wants to be in the way of stunts or to hug and/or kiss celebrities 4) Run around all day helping with anything and everything. Anything and everything has, so far, included helping extras find their places, helping onlookers find their not-places, directing the flow of things and running errands. Everyone has to start somewhere.
Our goal with being on-set is to see how it’s done. Of course, in Indy films it’s different for us. We don’t have an $80 million budget, and we don’t spend money catering food like it’s the end of the world. Instead, we’re more like grad students eat pizza and just trying to scrape by and make a truly epic film. Last time, we talked about working for yourself, and this applies here.
While some people are dragging their feet to work and showing up late, I’m excited to be here because I know this is building my skill set, helping me make connections and getting me where I want to go. I’m working for me. I’m noticing how stunts are done, how extras are moved and how big celebrities work. I’m building my resume. I’m also noticing that much of Hollywood is moving to my city which is promising. It shows I’m in the right spot at the right time for movies. I’m also humbled thinking that everyone starts somewhere.
Now it’s your turn. When have you worked a job that other people didn’t appreciate but that you knew was building your skills? How about vice versa – did you ever work a job and wished you had looked at it from a different angle and taken better advantage of what you could have learned?