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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Sex And The City 2 Cattle Call

Today one of the well known extra casting agencies in NYC held an open call for the Sex and The City 2.
The bitches were out in full force, and so were all the wack job people who just want to be in a movie.
I haven't done background work in years, but since I had nothing better going on today, I figured why not.
For those of you who don't know, doing background work is a tedious job.
Anyone can do it, and you should never put it on an acting resume.
You can be called to set as early as 4 a.m. and leave at 2a.m. the next day all for a day rate of $93.00 as non Union.
SAG members get paid much more for a days work, and get way better craft service.
When I arrived about an hour into the non union open call time, the line wrapped around the block, across an entire avenue, and down two more city blocks.
My SAG friend had been calling me with updates on the line before I arrived, but during my subway ride apparently things had gotten worse.
It was a madhouse.
Old ladies, crazy stage moms with 3 year olds, drag queens,drug dealers, and occasionally an actor were all waiting to be seen.
I took a deep breath and got in line. I kept telling myself, "you made it on Splash Mountain once with no fastpass, you can handle this.
It was 90 degrees outside and my Bare Minerals makeup was dripping off, turning from powder foundation to liquid.
The line moved forward very slowly and random people with video cameras and personal cameras kept taking pictures and videos of everyone in line.
Every time they got near me I turned my face away, hoping not to be documented at a cattle call.
As the line finally neared our entrance all the bitches started touching up makeup, brushing hair, and pulling there skirts shorter.
Some of the outfits were super skanky, and I think saw some hooha flashing action.
A couple of NYFD guys were standing in the firehouse garage checking out all the girls going by.
Even though I had my headphones in an obnoxious thirty something guy in front of me started talking. He had a head shot with his name written in Sharpie on the front.
"Hey, what are you listening to? Hopefully not Britney Spears she sucks. Did you see me on America's got talent? I got three X's like right away, but at least I was on T.V.! And I met Nick Cannon and he talked to me."
Then he started singing a song about how Britney Spears sucks.
If I could have given him three giant neon red X's to make him shut up I would have.
Thank goodness moments later the line moved again, and I was able to escape.
Once inside things were no better. The single lines had turned into a giant blob of people, all pushing to get to the front. Every time the crowd moved I was squished further in, like I was at a rock concert. I've never felt claustrophobic before, but I was starting to be at that point.
For at least ten minutes I couldn't move, and since so many people were in the room it was getting very hot making matters worse.
An older woman behind me kept on blabbing on to anyone that would listen about how many famous people she knows, how much work she gets, and how she almost got a lead in a soap opera 20 years ago.
Then she pulled out an 8x10 head shot that she took of herself in the bathroom mirror.
At that point I didn't know whether to feel more sorry for myself, or the casting people who had to filter in these 6,000 freaks all day long.
Finally I moved inside to an area with three casting tables.
I got into one of the three separate lines and quickly got to the table to hand over my head shot, and had a digital photo taken.
2 hours and 45 minutes in line for 20 seconds.

My feet were killing me from my high heels, and I headed out in search of a Falafel.
Photos of the bitches, firefighters, crazies, and extra skanky outfits at the cattle call are below for you to enjoy.

1 comment:

Tracy said...

I hope you get called to work on set. The fact that you have a professional headshot and resume going for you will probably make you stand out from the rest of the crowd. Go girl!

BTW, in NYC are black and white headshots still the norm or has everyone switched over to color now?