Greg’s work is able to sponsor him to stay and work for them for another year, which means we get to stay in Vancouver for a bit longer!!
Vancouver seems like a great place for us both with regards to work. Greg has a job he enjoys, in a city he likes, with great weather in summer (always nice) and I will hopefully get some more work experience on projects in the area. There are a few web-sites such as Craigs List where people can advertise the tv/film/photography projects that they need help with, so hopefully I’ll be able to find some things to work on in my spare time and build up my portfolio :-).
The only problem with being able to stay is that we can’t leave Canada while our visa applications are being processed, which means I’m not able to visit family and friends back home for another few months. So sad, but at least we can now time our home visit for the time when my pregnant sister is due
Oh wow, I am so tired! Yesterday wasn’t too bad as we only had to be on set for 7:45, but today we had to be there for 6:45. I left around 3:30pm today and they were still going strong. Most for the crew are doing 14 hour days, which I don’t envy them for, and poor Elizabeth works on Saturday nights until 6am so she came straight to set with no sleep at all! I didn’t get much sleep either but that’s because I kept hearing noises and thinking someone was breaking into the apartment (they weren’t! I heard glass break but I think one of the neighbours was a little worse for wear as there was a bit of stomping around and banging of the front door too, ha ha). When we’re doing the makeup to start of with I don’t feel tired at all but once everyone is done and they just need the odd touch up that’s when I start to flag a little, but I stay alert enough to watch the actors at work embodying their characters and to see the production crew at work with lighting and camera positions, etc :-).
Apart from being tired I’m still loving working on this project. I feel so lucky to be able to experience it early on in my MUA training and career as I know it can be really tough to find projects to work or volunteer on, especially one as creative and fun as this one :-). The more scenes I watch on set the more excited I become about the end results. I’d love to share it with you all, and will as soon as we’re allowed!
So I met Elizabeth on location the other day and we had a practice day with some of the actors!
Apparently getting to practice on the characters on a day before the filming starts is unusual so we’re really lucky on this one. I certainly feel lucky as I had a chance to get used to some of the products we are going to be using a lot and I got to use the airbrush a few times and feel far more confident. It was just the ladies as their make-up is more extreme then the men’s, and they were all lovely. So full of character and personality. I have to admit that I was expecting at least a couple of Diva’s but they were funny, patient (one of them was in the chair for around two hours and never complained once!) and friendly which definitely helped to settle my nerves.
Unfortunately it’s all a little secretive and I’m not allowed to tell you anything about what we’re actually doing( understandable really!), but I wanted it on record how good it feels to be working on a project and getting some real experience. According to Elizabeth and Karin I need to keep the Call Sheet with my name on it (not just as a souvenir!) as it’s proof that I’ve done actual work and it counts as one credit towards the 140(?) credits I would need to get into the union to work on productions. If I got that wrong at all just let me know, my mind was trying to take everything in at once and I may not have heard the details properly
All in all a good start to my first ever project. Long may it continue!
Elizabeth emailed me the info for the TV pilot we’re doing soon. Looks like fun. I read through the script and in my personal, humble opinion it looks good. It introduces the characters and gives you a reason to want to see what happens in the next episode. And it’s Sci-fi which I love, haha!
There’s a make-up test day this Saturday which will be my first day “in the biz” as she thinks she’ll need a bit of help which is great! Looking forward to seeeing her in action and learning the tricks of the trade and what it really takes to be a professional MUA in TV!