Off the deep end on “The Deep End”February 18, 2010
I play the role of an attorney in the background of a television show called “The Deep End” on ABC. When the Dallas Observer blog advertised a need for extras, I sent in my photo as a lark. When they called me to come in as an “Upscale Client” in the beginning of October, I thought “Why not?” This was a chance to make me do something besides sitting in a dark house. It would get me out of the house and make me interact with others.
When I arrived on set, I expected to be there for the day and to never come back. I was told that I was a partner in the law firm and they wanted to use me as much as possible. Thus began my work as an extra. I never knew if I was working until the day before and many of the days lasted twelve hours. The other extras were mostly kind, friendly and beautiful. Spending that much time together for a few days every week made us a strange sort of family.
They mostly didn’t know much about my background but after my mother was buried on November 1, I tried to be more outgoing. I smiled more and asked questions about their personal lives. On set, nobody knew me (though I ran into two people I knew from my “real world”). I got to go to a place where nobody would tell me how sorry they were to hear about my mother. There, I got to be someone else entirely.
Though it wasn’t a super healthy way to deal with my problems, it made me feel better and who knew that politics gave me the necessary skills to walk and talk on camera? I am a better person for having met the other extras and crew and it was a great experience. There are two episodes left: tonight and next Thursday.