Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Working With Amy Schumer And Seth Rogen

One day in December, I had the honor of working with Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer in a Bud Light commercial.
The commercial came at a time where there were hardly any jobs. It was towards the end of December. I was ready to call it a year and hope to start working the following year. Needless to say, I was very happy to get booked. I didn't know who was going to be in the commercial. I don't know the first thing about Bud Light. I know it's alcohol, that's it. I didn't even know if it's related to Budweiser or not.

They wanted us to bring wardrobe options, as usual. They also wanted us to bring cowboy type outfits. I have no such clothes! I took one of Calvin's plaid (check) shirts and one of his fedoras. The fedora was going to be my cowboy hat. It's better than not bringing anything. Also, in a pool of people with cowboy hats on, what's one fedora? Right?

It was an early morning call. they wanted us there at 6am or before, not sure. I was driving all the way from Calvin's which is far from everything and everywhere I need to be. Early morning calls can be a good thing. I prefer them, in that, there is no traffic. I made it to set nice and early. 20 minutes early. We had to park somewhere, then they would take us to set in shuttles. I was lucky to sit next to a nice lady who ended up being my person all day that day on set. It was a long day. It was my first time working with crew that was not that nice. Normally, I love everyone. This bunch of guys was not friendly at all. They hurt everyone's feelings.

They promised us breakfast. We signed in, they checked our wardrobe, then pictures. Usually, they take a picture of everyone with a number, as if it's a mugshot, with the wardrobe you will be wearing in the shoot. That line was freaking long and it was so cold where we were. I remember they said something not funny to me, trying to be cute. I was like, yall aren't being very nice this morning, what's going on? Someone hurt your little feelings? They said something smart again. I told them to let me know if they need tampons, and walked away. It's not my proudest moment. I normally don't let people get to me but they kept at it until they got a response. I was like why are you acting like bullies? This is not high school! They were like, aw, you must be new to this. I was like, no, you must be new to this! I have never worked with men who act like little girls before.

I told the girl I was with and she was like, don't worry about it. I appreciated that she listened but still stopped me from wasting anymore time on those assholes. Not long after that, we went to grab breakfast. There was like a few slices of bread and maybe one last egg. I had the egg. My friend was vegetarian, so she had a slice of dry bread. Can you imagine? They should have told us to bring our own snacks! There was no juice. I don't drink coffee, so I had water. My friend was dying for coffee. She needs it to wake up and it was cold, so it really would have come in handy. There was no coffee! Like, who has no coffee! Especially in America, where everyone is dependent on it! I felt bad for the girl.

Later on, she went to see if someone had brought coffee, on her way there, one of those little girls guys, asked here where she was going. When she told them, they told her, 'go back inside! You didn't come here to eat!' Can you imagine? First of all, we were all just waiting in the holding room. Freezing our hinds off. They had two heaters in there for hundreds of people. Two regular sized heaters. In a giant hall. It was a big call! She came back feeling so gutted. I felt her pain, more so because I had had my own experience with those guys. I told her not to worry, let's all move on and hope that the day was only going to get better.

Finally, when the sun started rising, we went outside to start filming. They told people to take off their jackets, hats and scarves. I tell ya, it was freezing. I was lucky because, I ran inside holding and put my sweater under my t-shirt and went back out. They were  not trying to be mean by telling people to take off their sweaters, it's just that you have to dress according to the season whatever you're filming will come out. Ours wasn't gong to come out in the middle of winter, I guess.

While standing there, oops! Who's that lady? It's Amy Schumer! OMG, This is awesome! We get to see a celeb!She was friendly and funny. Like, naturally funny, she just says something and it makes you burst out laughing. I don't follow her stuff, so I didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. Seth Rogen, who I have seen in many movies, was a a natural.Every take he did was effortless and great! You can tell he's been acting. I was inspired by him. I love watching pros at work, nothing better! Pros don't need to do many takes, unless the director needs different options.

Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen at the podium

We weren't out there for long, then they had snacks for us. I guess, it was teatime. French toast and a bunch of other things, fruit, etc. Thank goodness. I grabbed a slice and an apple. Usually, on set,  I don't eat stuff like bread, rice and all that boring stuff. They usually have fancy food. I go for the fancy stuff. Why not?

We formed a line and headed to second location. Some people were lucky, they only had to work the second location for the same pay. I was only booked for the second one too, but they changed it last minute. Like, late the previous night, after 8pm, they told me to report on set at 6am. I just went with it because, whatever at this point. I must say, I have worked with much more organised productions before.

They took us to a second location in shuttles, which meant, we would have to be driven back to first location before we could go home. I wish they had let us drive ourselves there. If only wishes were horses, right?

Second location was a stadium. That's where we had to be cowboys. Amy and Seth were on horses.

Amy and Seth on horses

Before filming, after they checked wardrobe, we had lunch. It was pretty basic stuff. Something I could have made myself. I am not complaining, I'm just saying.

Lunch on Set

 The cooks were rude to actors, it was weird. I don't know what was going on that day. Nothing happened to me, thankfully. My friend were complaining about the rudeness. One of my friends went to get her food, the guy told her she can't have seconds but it was her first time lol. What the heck! She must have looked familiar to him. Or reminded him of someone he hates, poor thing. My other friend wanted more rice. The guy was like, there are people who haven't eaten yet, let's not be selfish. Haha! It's just rice dude! No big deal! It wasn't even fried rice or anything fancy. It's just that everyone woke up on the wrong side of the bed that day.
The cowboy scene. This picture won't stay the right way up

I sat next to a cool girl, that I have worked with several times. She has a book out and is working on her second book. We had so much fun. We were goofing around between takes, laughing and all that. The shoot ended on a high note for me.

In the end, they took us back to our cars in shuttles (mini buses), we got our vouchers and it was a day! One more commercial down, so many more to go!

P.S. I just googled the commercial. I couldn't see myself anywhere, so I'm not going to link to it but if you want to you can google it. If you're a fan of any of these actors. Apparently, it was a Super Bowl commercial. That's cool to know. This is my second super bowl shoot. The first one was with U2 That was one of the best celebrities to meet. And I got to spank Bono's butt. Read all about it here!

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