Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. ~John Wooden
Every once in a while, the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Office reaches out to me to do extra work. You know, be the person in the background during a scene, the extra movement on camera. When I have time I partake in said activity. Why not? It’s a little extra cash and I think it’s fun to be on set, to see the true workings of a movie or TV show being shot. Plus it’s fun to meet other extras and the chance to see a celebrity is exciting.
My most recent appearance? I was on set for a new TV show being shot in Pittsburgh for the A&E Channel called Those Who Kill. My first appearance on the show? It was a few months ago and it was almost too comical. I had to park my car in the background at the State Penitentiary. Then, I had to move my car into a different parking lot a few feet away, and then my ultimate appearance of that shoot, I had to drive past the house they were shooting from. Yes! My car got a lot of action. I was cracking up as I had to drive up and down the street on cue. My sister thought that was the funniest thing she ever heard! I told her, “Ya every time I passed the house, I would turn my head in that direction.” We both laughed at my silliness. As if I really thought my face would be seen in the background, in a car, on the street from inside a house.
The second time I made my appearance on the show, I definitely got more face time. There were a few scenes I was in, even crossing paths with the actors. Well, you never can tell what will end up on the cutting room floor and what will make it, but chances are with all the exposure I did get, my face will be seen. Is it important to me? Not really. It’s just fun to anticipate my appearance and naturally pointing myself out to others. I’m not delusional to think I will get a huge acting gig from the corner of a single scene, and I know the Academy Awards don’t have me on speed dial. I’m simply enjoying life and I try to spice things up a bit and move my own cheese, getting me out of the every day routine.
Since the Grammy’s are this Sunday and the Academy Awards are not far behind, it makes you wonder what it would be like, being surrounded by that amount of fame? And my second thought, if I had only a few minutes to meet specific actors who would I select?
Some people get totally goo-goo eyed over their encounters with celebs. Now don’t get me wrong, it is exciting and neat to meet those we watch on TV and the big screen, but I would never pass out over the idea of meeting any celebrity.
Kyle is getting more and more into movies. I love it! I am a movie fan myself, maybe not as serious as some, but I do like a variety of genres. Everything from thriller/suspense, to comedy, romantic comedy, action, a little bit of drama, chick flicks, musicals, advant guard and I love movies that are based on true stories. Gory horror movies are my least favorite. I don’t mind the blood and guts, but I like to use my imagination and sometimes it’s taken way over the edge.
Kyle on the other hand loves his comedies. He doesn’t like horror or scary at all! I can’t even say he likes thrillers or suspense. Kyle gets too stressed over the anticipation and the idea of being scared. I remember watching Coroline with him, the children’s movie about a girl who goes to the other side of a scary world. Kyle was wrapped around my neck the entire time watching the movie through my hair. He doesn’t mind some action and some drama, but not too much, he emotionally cannot separate himself and he physically can’t handle it.
Anyway, while Kyle and I have talked about the idea of “Who would you like to meet?” I can say I do have a small yet distinguished list. Naturally, over the years I’ve thought about this topic and discussed it with friends. While the names have changed as movies have come and gone and as I’ve matured, there are a few that remain constant.
There are two ways of looking at it, those who are with us and those who are not. Since Kyle doesn’t really have the experience of liking an actor or celebrity and having them pass away, I stuck to the live ones.
Ladies first, my list of actresses includes Wonder Woman herself Lynda Carter; the lovely and talented Julie Andrews; the amazing Bernadette Peters; the humorous and seemingly fun Cameron Diaz, Hollywood’s current it gal, Jennifer Lawrence; action packed Lucy Liu; and smart and well rounded Natalie Portman.
Now the gentlemen. My list would include the diverse Liam Neeson; the mysterious yet funny Christopher Walken; Hollywood’s silly and talented, Johnny Depp; the heroic Orlando Bloom, the sarcastic and dynamic, Robert Downy Jr.; sweet Judd Law; and the newest member of my list, Mr. Chris Ashton Kutcher.
Seems like there are more guys on the list, which was not intentional. I know there are others I would like to add, but for today, that’s a pretty solid line up.
My list of powerhouse influentials include, Sarah Palin, I’d love to go running with her; Bill O’Reilly; Tyra Banks; Stephanie Meyer; and of course his holiness Pope Francis.
I know I’ve discussed Kyle’s affection toward Oooh I Like Johnny Depp. Aside from that I really don’t know who else Kyle would like to meet. He doesn’t really get star struck, at least not yet. Maybe, he never will. As time passes I’m sure his tastes will change.