Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in East London (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 121 Saturday 8th October until Friday 14th October 2016.
I will never be rich, it would be nice to not have to worry about how and when the bills are going to be paid. Even when working I couldn’t spend like it was water. Since the end of August I have been signing getting a few quid every couple of weeks, which I add to the money I had saved from my pay packet, buts it’s not going to last long.
It was all too much for one actor, the very posh jazz club i spent a night in.
I could have easily got a job doing the kind of work that I have recently been involved with, but I felt that my mental health was more important. It was an easy decision not to go back into an office environment. I was fed up of being talked down to, being made to feel foolish and small by the public and management. I’m one of the world’s saddo who wants the world to unrealistically love each other; this does mean however that I get walked all over.
Light reading between takes, at 3am it was getting chilly.
This last month I have been volunteering as an extra in film and TV, I use the word volunteer because I don’t get any money. The days are long and usually involve a lot of time doing nothing, while the really important production people rush around doing things that matter. I normally get sent a brief that tells me what to wear which takes into consideration things like when the scene is set. It is then up to me to find an outfit and alternatives, the extra clothes are in case the wardrobe department are not keen on my main choice.
My view from a small stage, where i was feeding lines to the lead actor. Look carefully you’ll see a mic was in front of me, and the camera and crew in the background.
I really enjoy watching the whole production process, which can look to others like a lot of people holding clip boards, wearing puffer jackets and listening to headphone while mumbling into microphone clipped to their puffer jackets. Everyone is kept in their place by the director and/or the first assistant director who shouts over the general hubbub to keep conversation to a minimum while the next shot is lined up. There is usually panic towards the end of the day when the whole production realise that they have to get so many shots completed before wrapping.
Going home from a night shoot as everyone was just waking up.
It’s all very well that I am learning and enjoying myself, but I need to make some money. I have been applying for every casting i’m applicable for and maybe one or two I’m probably not suitable for. Every now and then I find the background artist Holy Grail, a paid gig. I hope that the productions I have been involved with will lead to something paid. In the mean time I might have to go back into an office sitting on my arse for 8hrs, day 5 days a week. That kind of job would be more bearable I feel if I knew that every now and then I will be enveloped in a totally creative atmosphere.
And now for something completely different.
There not trying to keep the carriage warm, its covered up to pretend its in a tunnel.
Spent a couple of days sitting on a Victoria line tube train, don’t worry the delays are not that bad. This was an old carriage preserved at a museum; I was taking part in a short film. I love a train, especially a tube train so I really did enjoy looking around this old work horse of London Underground. I wanted to pull the passenger alarm, but thought against it just in case it did make a noise interrupting filming. Met a number of people that I have worked with a couple of times over the last few weeks, so nice to see happy smiles all day long not something you normally see on a tube train.
My outfit, and a lot of waiting around until its time for action.
Rushing there on the first day after contending with another train strike, plus normal London delays meant that I hurried to the location in E17 while looking at my map on my phone. Yes I was one of those annoying people walking around while staring at a small illuminated device and not really taking any notice of other people or traffic.
Sanya the wardrobe mistress. The museum cat, who was getting an overdose of loving from cast and crew.
It really was strange going home on the tube after spending two days sat in one pretending it was moving. The director indicated which way they wanted you to move/jolt in order to simulate that the train moving. To give the effect more realism the background was moved, this messed with my brain because you really felt that the train was moving through a tunnel. Even though you knew you were stationary in East London.
In other news…..
Random tattoo of the week. Spotted on a real tube train.
A lovely young guy on set said he liked my pad. My pad of note paper and pen I carry around to make notes for this very blog. I’m just so retro, am I cool finally.
The Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have mainly been watching: “Artsnight: Michael Palin Meets Jan Morris”. “Cleverman”, (Season 1, ep 6). “Damned”, (Season 1, ep 3). “Josh”, (Season 2, ep 4). “Have I Got News For You”, (Season 52 ep 1 & 2). “Red Dwarf”, (Season XI, ep 5). “The Apprentice”, (Season 12, ep 1 & 2). “The Apprentice, Honest Subtitles”. “The Apprentice, Your Fired”, (Season 11, ep 1 & 2). ”. “The Graham Norton Show”, (Season 20, ep 2 & 3). “The Great British Bake Off”, (Season 7, ep 8). “The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice”, (Season 3, ep 8). “The Last Leg”, (Season 9, ep 1 & 2). “Travelman, 48hrs In…”, (Season 1, ep 1 & Season 3, ep 3).
This week I have mainly been listening to: “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Highlights)”, (07/10, 10/10, 11/10, 12/10, 13/10/16). “Iain Lee: TalkRADIO (Live)”, (10/10, 11/10, 13/10/16). “LBC Podcast: Mystery Hour”, (13/10/16). ”LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (08/10, 09/10, 10/10, 11/10, 12/10, 13/10, 14/10/16). ”The Barry From Watford Podcast”, (22/07/11)(04/08, 05/08, 12/08/11)(06/09, 07/09, 13/09/11). “Toby Hadoke’s Who’s Round”,(ep 56, ep 57, ep 58, 04/14)(ep 188, 09/16). “Morrissey”, “Strawberry Switchblade”, “Dexy’s Midnight Runners”, “Prefab Sprout”, “Squeeze”, The Blow Monkeys”, “The Communards” .
Great you’re keeping busy in spite of the old 9-5 or is it now 8-5 break?. Unplugging from the grind is a great way to listen to one’s heart and mind. The OFFICE monster is waiting if you dive back in and something tells me these weeks you’ve had of ‘freedom’ will be your shield if your pockets demand something go in as opposed to go out with the tedium of being sat behind a desk. Gutted I can’t see any pics on the blog. Please call Steve Jobs immediately and get that sorted out………….oh just forgot he’s gone to the big Apple office in heaven :-).
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I don’t miss 9-5 at all. But I am keeping busy i don’t stay in bed all the time, I might have a lay in tomorrow though. I have applied for lots of part time work but nothing so far. I have applied for one that I have things crossed for. But I am applying for lots of castings as well. The next is 29th can’t wait. I’m away next week in southwold with family, there will be a Southwold Blog special next week. I have my first comedy gig 30th wish me luck. So glad your out there Rogers, I and others need you.
Sorry me again. I’ll blame my sloooooooooooooow computer but the pics are viewable (is that a word?) and GREAT! I can see why you liked the tat due to it’s space theme. As for the food, was it provided on set as I’ll get back in to acting just for the food?. Love and light!
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Hi Hun, gals you could view the pics in the end, there not that interesting really. They look after me, us on set very well. Lots of food and drink really nice. You should get back in to acting, maybe I should get tips from you. I have a featured one coming up with my first IMDb credit I think, don’t think I have lines but what if I do…… scarey.
Great blog as always Dana. What great experiences for you…..can’t wait til you’re famous. Love all the pics and also love your humour. Keep smiling my lovely . Big hugs Ei xx
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I will never be a success but it will be fun that’s the main thing. Glad you read it, glad someone does. Love d x