Friday, September 24, 2010

My Five Seconds of Fame

Where do I start?

Last night I got the phone call telling me where I needed to go for my big scene. They also sent an email of instructions, including please bring your own wardrobe, have clean, dry hair with no product in it...and three shades of lipstick. So Jed and I went on an adventure to our local thrift store I tried on several outfits and finally found a great navy blue pant suit with a light pink button up shirt!

I had to arrive at 10:30am and I immediately saw a bunch of big Universal Studios trucks and after getting checked in I was sent straight to wardrobe. I was the only one out of the group who's wardrobe they approved of, infant they loved it. My hair was already awesome because I did as they said and didn't put hair product in was big and really frizzy. After getting my wardrobe approved (well, after adding black stockings, and giant gold earrings), I went to the main trailer for hair. I was there for a while, just chatting away, asking questions, and saying things about all the big movie stars...I realized that the person doing my hair was trying to keep me turned a certain direction, which made me suspiceious and THEN I realized that there was some one famous in the trailer also getting their hair done just two chairs down from me. It only took me a second of listening carefully to know it was Kristen Bell...but I still asked "Oh my gosh! Is that Kristen Bell?!?" Then I realized by my tone that I could get out of control. I was too nervous to say anything to her. She started talking about how strange it was to see cooler with dutch tape coming around on the baggage carousal, until she realized that people were shipping fish and meat...I really wanted to tell her that wasn't the case, that really Alaska is just that cheap and really that redneck that we use Igloo Coolers for luggage! I finished my hair and they quickly rushed me out. No introductions, no autographs, no pictures you will just have to believe my word.Vinessa Shaw also came into the trailer and seemed very nice and cute...but I've never heard of her or recognize any movie that she's been in...but I feel it is note worthy!

Once we were all dressed with hair and makeup done they took us to an upstairs room in this dirty warehouse and told us we couldn't talk more than a whisper, we couldn't leave the room and they would call us shortly. Hours went by, I met some very nice people. My favorite was CĂ©lia an older woman from Brazil, I started to speak to her in portuguese and we talked the entire time. Come to find out she didn't really speak English and didn't know really what was going on. Once I started translating her personality really came out and she was a lot of fun, for everyone!

We sat around for many hours and then around 3pm finally they let us eat lunch. We were in a big open area of the a garage...but the food was really good. While we were sitting there we were all talking and I told them that I was in the trailer with Kristen Bell...I said "I am sure we won't be seeing any big names down here! I am sure they get to eat in the fancy part of the warehouse." Then the kid sitting across from me said "Isn't that Kristen Bell sitting right behind us?" So we all watched for a minute and sure enough it WAS! So as she walked by I said "We love you Kristen!" and she stopped for a second and was smiled and said "Thank you". We spent the rest of lunch trying to come up with ways to embellish the moment. It finally ended that Stacy (one of the ladies I met) and I would be having lunch tomorrow with Kristen, and the kid across the table got her number and had high hopes of getting a date.

We were then shuffled quietly back to the "Holding Pen" and waited for another hour before they led us down to the white house set. We all just sat there, we weren't supposed to show a lot of energy. We practiced about 5 times, then they shot the scene another, I don't know 10 times maybe. President Reagan came into the conference room and spoke a few lines. He was very fun and charming. His line apparently ended mid sentence so he finished his line differently each time...blaming the problems with the soviet union on the democrats, the republicans and my favorite was he went off on Nancy. The actor playing Reagan had a problem with fidgetting with his hands and the director Ken Kwapis (Director of the Office) didn't like it, so we had to re-shoot a bunch of times. We all walked away very certain that it was such a small scene that they are definitely going to cut it from the movie. So I have no pictures, no proof and I am sure if they need to cut any scenes it will be Reagan and the White House scene!

But it was fun! I got to practice my Portuguese and meet some fun people. Plus I saw Kristen Bell and Vinessa Shaw (who ever that is), and Ken Kwapis! I still hope to see Ted Danson and Drew Barrymore walking the streets of Anchorage!

Monday, September 20, 2010

4.9 Earthquake

Today we had an earthquake. A was the strongest I have experienced yet. My co-worker started to get nervous when it didn't quit right away, so she hurried and got under her desk. We just laughed and it quickly harm done.

Then Jed and I texted each other at the exact same time "Did you feel that?!"

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I'm serious!

I was serious when I said I was going to start Pilloos and Such!

Here is my new link

I am hoping I can get more things on my new blog soon! I am just trying to get the word out about Pilloos and Such. I hope all my Alaska friends see this link!

But on a different note. I am doing well, I am busy with school and I am very excited for my upcoming role in "Everybody Loves Whales"---it's not really a role, I am going to be an extra I will probably just stand in the back of the room.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hello Hollywood...Is That You Calling?

This morning I received this email...basically from Hollywood!

Hello Sarah,
We thank you for auditioning for “Everybody Loves Whales.” This film
is about the grey whales caught in the ice near Barrow in 1988, their rescue and
the local, national and international press frenzy surrounding it all.
Yesterday, the film’s director, Ken Kwapis made his selections for the “White
House Scene” he hopes will be available to work on the film, if you’re receiving
this email, then you are part of that selected group.

Though cast
as extras, you will be seen and be an integral part of this film. Days
will typically be 12 hours, pay at minimum wage rates – roughly about 119.00 per
day with a warm meal half way through each day. You have been selected as a
White House Press member. This scene is scheduled to shoot on FRIDAY,
SEPTEMBER 24th in Anchorage.

I am really excited to be an extra. I think it is great that they are paying me $119.00 AND a hot meal. I was also thrilled to see that I would be going to the white house (*wink*) I've never been to Washington. I am not sure if I will be seeing or working with Drew Barrymore...I still don't know what her role is in the movie. So I may have some interesting stories ahead!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Pilloos & Such

I have felt an urge to be crafty lately! Perhaps my creative side has been neglected by all the intellectual studying I'm doing. Whatever it is I am having a lot of fun. I have come up with a lot of creative ideas and how I can possibly use it to hopefully make some extra cash...since I work for a non-profit agency I'm not exactly rolling in the dough. So this is my tiny business proposition and if you have any ideas for me let me know! It all started when I saw a really cute throw pillow at Target that was $30! Outrageaous!! Since when do we need to get a small business loan to buy some throw pillows? So I made my own! Then I thought, I bet I could make a bunch of throw pillows and sell them to my co-workers and to my friends! So then I came up with the name "Pilloos & Such", because I don't want to limit myself to just pillows. I was born with crafty genes and with some help with ideas maybe I could make enough to cover my expenses. Who knows maybe I could do the saturday market, christmas craft fairs...and eventually sell my product world wide! Well maybe that is too much but I'd be interested in hearing what you think!

I recovered this pillow that was in my office and gave it a little make over! This is Just the beginning of Pilloos & Such

Friday, September 3, 2010

Casting Call

Today I left work early, Jed and I went to the Dimond Center Mall for a casting call for the film "Everybody Loves Whales" not only will the Willies be famous, we will be a big famous family!!
(Jed was trying to be inconspicuous and just took a really blurry photo)