Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Dabble in Showbiz

Last week my daughter was chosen as an extra for the Dear Eleanor film. It is a coming of age story about two girls in 1962 driving cross-country to meet Eleanor Roosevelt.  Recently, I had a dream that I was still on set. We were on break and I was ordering a burrito for lunch with the crew (it looked very tasty by the way). Obviously, I’m still processing my experience of being a stage mom from last week.

My star eating a late lunch at the Denver Diner after a long day of filming

Having my daughter act as an extra was a great experience and one I will not soon forget. The best way to describe being on set is that it's similar to the organized chaos of camping: packing up, unpacking, piles of equipment everywhere, people gingerly stepping over each other, eating late, things not always going as planned, meeting people, changing in a bathroom stall, making do with what you’ve got, hot, dusty and often a wet environment while trying to stay clean, eating off of paper plates, quiet hours, curious and sometimes obnoxious onlookers/neighbors.

Spending time with the cast and crew was fun, friendly, professional, at times stressful, serious and very bonding. My daughter of course, loved it. Having to shoot a scene repeatedly from the back, then again from the front while staying in character and looking fabulous just isn’t my thing. I will stick with writing. But I understand and have a great respect for people who are willing to put in the incredibly hard work and dedication it takes to follow their dream and help tell a good story no matter the medium. As a novelist, THAT is something I will always support and get on board with!

If you want to read more about the Dear Eleanor film follow the tweets here.


  1. Your daughter is lovely and I'm glad you were able to appreciate the "production" that is involved in making a production!

    Melinda Jordan
    Nine Nights LLC
    "Dear Eleanor"

  2. Thank you and yes, I loved the teamwork involved! I learned a lot.
    All best,