For a third time, I will be playing a ‘costumer’ on the NBC show “Smash”. This time I received a call from casting without even submitting for the role! One can join casting websites, whether you belong to the Union or not, where casting directors post roles with type descriptions for current/upcoming projects. The first time I was contacted by this casting agency, I had been submitting for over a month on numerous parts. Thankfully, the background casting company (Grant Wilfley) finally called to confirm my availability for the shoot date and tell me the necessary wardrobe to bring to set. The soundstage was in Brooklyn, they were filming a baseball dance routine rehearsal; there was great catering, and it made me giggle to hear Anjelica Huston’s laugh at lunch.
About five weeks ago, after submitting to another post for a ‘costumer’, casting called me again! I was told wardrobe was “wear one/bring one”. Simply put, they were getting more bang for their buck by using me twice (they do pay a little extra for a wardrobe change). First up, I sat as an audience member in one outfit- had I truly been out for a night at the theater in late Fall (season specific, though it filmed in Winter). This time filming was on-location at a gorgeous theater in Manhattan. What a glorious day at work, being entertained by guest star Bernadette Peters singing and dancing in the episode’s on-stage routine at a historic vaudeville theater.
Picking me out in an audience wide-shot, or the back of my head as the camera flies toward the stage would be a challenge. However, changing into my own all black wardrobe of a ‘costumer’, and an apron with some fabric swatches provided by the Props department, I stand on-stage with both Anjelica Huston and Bernadette Peters! Despite not having any lines, it remains an immense thrill to be a part of a live set. A phone call from casting today, to portray a costumer tomorrow, pleased me beyond words. No post was there for which I submitted- I have made it to a short list- in a very good way.