But amazingly enough, this past Saturday was my two year anniversary of my move to Hawaii. It’s been a hectic week. Saturday I attended an awesome outdoors Bob Marley Tribute Concert with a friend from my book club. Our beagle Lili made a new friend...a boyfriend! Monday I had an exciting, very visible scene as an extra on Hawaii Five-0. Nick left for deployment on Tuesday, and Tuesday night I had a very scary incident with my oldest dog Maggie getting poisoned by a toxic Bufo frog in our own back yard. That was probably the scariest, most adrenaline-inducing night of my life, and I think it even passed getting robbed when I worked as a teller at a bank as the scariest moment ever.
So back to the Hawaii Five-0 episode. Back in December, just days after working as my usual Bikini Girl extra position on set, I received a voicemail from casting to come in to take more updated pictures for my casting file. Almost as an afterthought, the casting guy tacked on at the end of the call that the reason they wanted more updated shots was because the director of a future episode had picked me and a few other girls to be eligible for a spot to be a featured extra in a future episode. A featured extra is exactly what it sounds like. It’s an extra that has a featured position in a scene. It could be someone that is zoomed in on. It could be someone that somebody in the scene refers to. Which it was in this situation.
I didn’t hear anything over the holidays since Five-0 was on hiatus. The first week of January I received an email reminding me about working that week on set. I was confused because I hadn’t been called about working. I was still scheduled to work at my other job that Friday. I called the casting department to let them know they must have me mis-scheduled because I hadn’t previously received a call about working. The casting guy laughed and said he was sorry he hadn’t called me before, but the director had picked me for the scene to be a featured extra and he hoped I was able to work! Eeek!
It was an exciting day on set. I got to go through hair and makeup for the first time for Hawaii Five-0. (Typically extras do their own hair and makeup because there are just too many people. They only touch you up or fix you if absolutely necessary. So this was a pretty big deal to actually go through hair and makeup and have them sit and work on you in their trailer.) I found out I was supposed to be a customer at a Fed-Ex type store called The Mailbox Dispatch. The name of my part- Yes! I actually had a name for my part, sort of!- was “Pretty Young Woman.”
I got a lot of feedback from friends early that day that I was visible (since we’re the last time zone for the show to air). Thanks so much to my friends on Facebook and Twitter for watching out for me and playing “Spot the Blonde.” It was a really great overall experience and so much fun.
Other things to remind me to be happy for this week: I finally got my first guitar! It’s beautiful. It’s an Ibanez exotic wood guitar in a blonde mango wood. It’s an acoustic/electric guitar and even has a built-in tuner. I’m pretty excited to learn to play it (thank you, Youtube), but unfortunately my hand is hurting a bit too much from the frog incident to try right now.
PS. Just as a reminder, this article is extremely helpful to read if you or someone you know has a dog and are living in Hawaii. I’m so thankful I had read it and knew what to look for and knew to hose Maggie’s mouth out because Bufo dogs can kill dogs in minutes if not spotted right away.