My life has taken me to incredible places, working on amazing projects with really talented people. Fugue, the independent film I have been filming since Saturday, is one of the most talent-rich, challenging sets I have ever been on.
Every single person is giving every single ounce of blood and sweat imaginable. I feel challenged physically and acting-wise, I'm being pushed to a whole new level that I didn't know was possible.
Check out just two of the beautiful locations we filmed at around St. Louis.
More details to come on story line and my experience on set and behind the scenes!
Last night I headed out the door at 7:30 for a last minute pick-up shot. The feature-length that earned me my first-ever IMDb credit is nearly done, and I was happy to be back onset for a project I've loved since I read the script many months ago. (Cue ridiculously-happy, behind-the-scenes gif).
In a weird twist, being back in front of the camera wasn't the best part of the night.
A friend from college messaged me to ask if I was maybe in an SSM commercial. Alarm bells, trumpets, and a few happy squeals ran through my head. Finally, finally the ad that we filmed in February(?) has been released!
I'm officially in a television commercial!
I didn't think I would ever care if people recognized me or the work I did. I make movies, collect a check, and go on about my way thrilled to be a working actress.
But if I'm being honest, it was one of the coolest moments of my professional career.
Recognition is not my goal, but man...it was cool.
I'm not going to lie, I never saw myself moving backstage or behind the camera. Being on stage, out front, in the lights was not only thrilling, it was easier. When you're talent, no one expects you to do anything but show up, know your stuff, deliver, and go home.
Crew is another universe.
I saw the directors, producers and behind-the-sceners around me working themselves ten times as hard without any of the acknowledgement, and decided it wasn't for me.
Producers have to fight with everything from scheduling to billing to neurotic creative people, and it just didn't feel the same as nailing a performance.
Or, that's what I assumed.
Come to find out, being on set is my real high. It's what I do and love best. No matter the role or responsibility I have. However that is accomplished, I am just as giddy and proud of what we create. Knowing I'm genuinely helping translate ideas, or that I make editing go more smoothly, carries the same pride and thrill for me as being applauded onstage.
So, I encourage you to try new things. Learn. Be a sponge on set. You never know what opportunities might come of it. You never know what you might become from it.