The life of an extra can be expensive if you let it.
When I found out I was going to be an "extra" in Marley & Me, a movie that was shot in the Sun-Sentinel newsroom last week, I had to hit the stores. After all, I was going to be "working" with Owen Wilson, Alan Arkin and Eric Dane ("McSteamy" on TV's Grey's Anatomy.)
I'm a reporter but I had nothing to wear to look like a reporter-- at least one in the 1990s when the movie takes place.
To catch up, this movie is based on a book by my friend and former colleague John Grogan, who was the Sun-Sentinel's Palm Beach County columnist in the '90s. I HAD to be in the movie.
The wardrobe folks wanted the extras in pastels and muted colors. I went through my closet and found little that qualified, so I picked up a light gray Calvin Klein suit and pair of gray pants for $99 (Ross Stores). Then I needed accessories to match: another $50 (Bijou Brigette). Black heels also were a must and, amazingly, I had none: $30 (DSW).
Of course, I needed to get my hair and nails done -- $120 with tips and buying a "miracle" defrizzer that turned out to just make my hair sticky.
And when the bright lights came on in the newsroom, wardrobe had me in mostly different outfits, anyway.
I did get paid for the gig, $100 a day. After four days and more than $300 in clothes and other expenses, I made a grand $100. Maybe Hollywood is not for me. -- Marcia Heroux PoundsPOSTED IN: None