I hail from Richmond, Virginia, and in 2013, I found out a TV show was going to film outside of the city with the lead being Jamie Bell, aka 'Billy Elliott'. The movie Billy Elliott was a film about a young boy growing up in a mining town in England during the 80's. He lived with his father and brother - his mother was dead. His Dad worked in mining, but at the time, most of the miners were on strike, so it was hard times. The boy, Billy Elliott's afterschool activity is boxing but he finds himself more fascinated in the ballet going on in the room next to him. The movie follows the taboo of this young boy, and his father and brother finally accepting his love of dance after seeing how gifted he is at it. I loved it when it came out.
When I saw that Bell was going to star in this new show, I didn't think twice before applying to be an extra. Since I was a kid, I've dreamed of being an actress, yet I've always been too shy to do anything about it. When I applied back in 2013, I never heard anything back. But I decided to try again for the filming of the third season in 2016, and I got a call! I ended up working on two episodes. Then again this year, I worked on three episodes for their fourth and final season.
It was a great experience. It was so cool seeing how everything gets filmed and how it all works. I wore 1700's attire that was sort of uncomfortable, but it was exciting. One day on set, I stood for so long in heels on the grass that I ended up getting a few large bruises on my thigh.
I hope to be an extra again, and maybe one day a real speaking role. If not, it's just fun to do. (Btw, I got Bell's autograph on the last day of filming :) )