I’ve acted in the past. In elementary school I was in a play – as a main character even! I never really thought I could act (well) in any version of my life. Acting is something talented people do, right?
Two years ago a big Hollywood movie filmed 2 scenes here in Kingston. I applied to be an extra, but I was a little too big for their costumes, and it was turn of the century time so my glasses, which look too modern, didn’t fit the era (and I can’t function without them!) But that didn’t stop me from watching them film parts of the scenes. It was amazing how they transformed our limestone-look Market Square and a few surrounding streets into a dirt packed, crowded market (and town) for the film. Of course I had to then watch the movie (Crimson Peak) and I did manage to find the scenes filmed here. I loved it – although the movie was rather creepy.
While working on promoting Emma, we stumbled across a Facebook page for local acting opportunities. There we found an open casting call for a movie called Boneyard filming in Kingston this summer. Of course they were only looking for adults, so we couldn’t get Emma into this project, but Patrick and I applied to be extras.
We were welcomed to the audition by the Brent, the filmmaker. I had never been to anything resembling an audition in my life and I had no idea what to expect. It was really very low key – photos of each of us, and then a read-through of the “sides” (which I’ve learned are just script excerpts.) Patrick and I went with the hope of being extras, but since we both read I guess they will consider us for any roles – if they liked us. We will find out in about a month if they’d liked us (or our acting!) I think it would be great to participate in this project in any capacity.
Of course it’s a horror flick – not really my genre, but if I can sit through Crimson Peak for a quick glimpse of Kingston, I’m sure I could work on (and then watch) another horror movie. So stay tuned and I will let you, my readers, know what goes on in my first foray into the world of acting!
Update May 12/16: I got a callback to read again for the part of Jane (who I assume is the main female character.) The first time they gave me fell right in the middle of Rose’s birthday party this weekend, but they were able to reschedule me. 4:45 on Saturday sees me there again for another audition!!!!
Update May 27/16: I didn’t get the part, but the filmmaker suggested he’s doing another one (a comedy) later this year that I may be better suited for. I’m looking forward to hearing about that!
Update June 29/16: I did a quick video piece (no talking) for another local production company. Read my post about it here. Let’s hope I can find some more!
Update Mar 4/17: The film I was a featured extra in premiered at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. The film is called Sir John A and the Curse of the Anti-Quenched, and I had a ton of fun!