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The Good News

“Do you have a relationship with Jesus?” Oh, man. Why did she have to go and do that? We were having a perfectly wonderful day together. I’d worked with this older lady a few times before. Doing background on a … Continue reading

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Take A Bite

“Here, we just bought these tuna fish sandwiches, so feel free to eat them in the scene.” Oh, great. Every actor who is a vegetarian has this scenario in the back of their mind. At some point during their career, … Continue reading

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Another Chance To Get It Right

On two separate occasions, I was hired to work background on big budget films that were shot a year before. In both cases, the movies were not testing well in previews, and so the decision was made to go back … Continue reading

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Movie Stars Behaving Badly

In all the years that I’ve been working as an actor in Los Angeles, I can honestly say that I’ve never witnessed one of those unpleasant scenes that sometimes show up on youtube. Secretly recorded video footage of some movie … Continue reading

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When Directors Yell

There can be some overlapping between jobs that are background, and jobs that are more than background. It is becoming increasingly common to get booked on a film or tv show, and find yourself all alone in the frame, or … Continue reading

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Screw You, Actor!

There is no getting around it. Production companies take advantage of actors at every turn. We all have stories about how we were cheated out of overtime, or denied a payment we were supposed to receive for doing something not … Continue reading

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In the Foreground

There is a category called “Featured Background” which exists here in Hollywood. It’s kind of a strange term, because it doesn’t have any real meaning. Background work is background work. The pay isn’t any better if you are cast as … Continue reading

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