My Red Glasses
It was a day like any other day in of the summer 2006 in NYC. I was ready for my editing class, backpack full of learning devices, a ball cap and my ipod in my ears as I walked out of my dorm and up Lafayette towards campus. I was aware of the film that was shooting on Lafayette on my way to class, it had been there for the past 3 days, nothing new really, there are always film crews around NYC. So I wonder through in my own little world, like usual, when a man approaches me, yelling "excuse me Miss!" several times until I take my head phones off.
I thought to myself, hmmm does he need directions?
Until he tells me that he works for Spiderman 3, they are looking for non-union extras, and if I am interested to send an email to the address on the card he handed me and make sure to write where I was approached in it. Then he swiftly ran off. And I went to class.
As soon as I arrived home I sent the email of my interest. And the next morning I had a response back with a number to call.
So I call the number and ask for Ray. Ray begins to interrogate me about being a non-SAG actor, this is because I have the word 'film' in my email address. I eased his mind by telling him that I am merely a film student and that is why. He took interest in this and said we should meet to discuss the shoot.
We meet. I rescue him from a crazy actress 'the tomata', and we go to a wrap party for Enchantment, a disney movie about dancing. We talk about me being an extra, I am supposed to be a reporter..... and the reason he stopped me in the street is because my red glasses made me look like a reporter... and get this I almost never wear my glasses to class, i put them on when i get there, but that day was a complete fluke. Anyway He tells me that banana republic is sponsoring the film so I need to get an outfit from there the next day, courtesy of spiderman. Awesome I am pumped.
So he starts asking me questions about being a film student and how much time I have left, ect.
He tells me that he is starting his own Production Company, New World Media Productions, and that he has been working in film since he was 17.
Then he tells me that he needs an executive assistant and asks me if i would be interested... so I said yes.
and that is the VERY simplified version of how I got my job because of my red glasses.
So I havent actually acted in the reporter scene because SAG is being evil.
However I do get to go to a meeting with Ray 7 Sam Raimi.
And I want to tell you more but I will sound like I am bragging, which I am, because I am so excited.
4 years of film school only to get a job from the street