Today I got an email for an open casting call for extras for "The Internship," a movie with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn being filmed here in Atlanta. And while I had missed the actual in-person call, since they were taking email submissions, I figured it couldn't hurt to send a few pics, adjust my weight (ahem), and see what happened.
Now they were casting for geeky/nerdy types, which basically means they toss a pair of dark glasses on the people, put a pocket protector in their pocket, and take a couple of pictures. Then if they need a warm body, they call them a few hours before they need them, at which point they stand around for most of the day, hoping to brush shoulders with a famous person and not end up on the cutting room floor, all while getting paid minimum wage.
So basically, I'd be paying to be in the movie since I pay my babysitter triple that.
The life of an extra is not glamorous, y'all.
But hey I would be in a movie for a milisecond "LOOK RIGHT THERE THAT'S MY FINGERNAIL!" and it was enough to make me send a couple of photos: A headshot and a full length shot as instructed.
I almost instantly got this reply:
"I need pics of you that are more cubicle drone nerdy awkward"
Which I totally get. I've done enough castings to know this. But I don't have a photo of myself looking like a cubicle drone nerdy awkward and I don't have dark glasses and pocket protectors laying around my house to put on and be photographed with an iPhone to send.
So I wrote back a funny "Okay cool, no worries, my life will go on. Thanks anyway."
"Ha! Well, I run a tech site, but I don't think I actually dress the part while I do it, sorry!"
But then someone got all snarky on my ass.
"Most people that audition to be whores in film, don't usually look the part in real life. I'm asking for you to send me better pics of what I need to submit you for this movie. Your pics are too pretty to be considered."
Which hey, my pictures are pretty. Thanks! But also, whores? So I wrote back:
Well, too bad you're not casting for whores. I totally dress like THAT every day.
And well, it turns out Casting Director Lowly Intern has a sense of humor.
Alas, I won't be cast in a movie anytime soon but I WIN AT FUNNY ON EMAIL.