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!
How exciting!!! Fingers crossed. You never know till you try and you should always try. #StayClassy
Yes I’m very excited. I’ll do a follow up if I’m lucky (or talented) enough to go any further with this! Thanks for stopping by.
Oh that’s amazing you did another reading, please do let us know how that goes! : ) And Happy Birthday to Rose! I think I’ve heard of Crimson Peak and remember it being scary.I’m not really into horror films either….funnily enough I went to one of those baby and mummy cinema mornings (where they allow parent and baby to watch a film at 11am), I didn’t realise until I sat down to watch that it was a horror film AAAAH, was so annoyed with myself for not looking up the film beforehand, but then again it was nice to finally be able to sit in a cinema haha. Anyway, good luck! Thanks for linking up with #StayClassy!
The actual reading went fine – although I read with another woman who is currently the lead in a theater project running in town. Made me feel a little inferior, but I think I did alright. I have another post half-planned in my head about the second project filming in town that I may be involved in this summer!
I loved the mom and baby viewings at the theatre. When I had my second baby I saw Thor with a friend and it was a blast. None of the other babies made too much fuss and mine slept through the whole thing! I think it’s a great idea to let moms get out of the house for a little escapism while they’re tied to a tiny person.
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