Candice: I was pondering the other day about those people who do all the work in the background to keep us entertained.
I’d spent a very long day mainly sitting in a room having random conversations with people I didn’t know and wouldn’t see again. No, I wasn’t waiting for a job interview but waiting to do some work as a supporting artist or extra.
I meet the most interesting people when I do my extra work. One of the last jobs I did I worked with a Bollywood star, a property magnet, a judge in training. Plus those who do background acting as a full-time job.
Being an extra doesn’t pay well, the hours are long and you often get treated like stupid sheep – herded from place to place and told when you can eat and go to the loo. But it also gives all of us a buzz being on set, hanging out with semi-famous and famous people and then getting to watch yourself on TV or the big screen. I’ve always said that there is no other job where I would get up at 5am, sit around for hours, be treated like I am thick, and get home for 9pm for peanuts in cash.
But these are the people who keep our favourite shows going and make them believable. There are a whole host of people who do TV work, or write for the love, not the money or fame. And we if didn’t have all those people then the world of entertainment and escapism really wouldn’t work.
Phil and I definitely fall into this bag, as we haven’t certainly become millionaires from our writing but we’ve had fun along the way. And the same is true of my TV work. But I can say to my daughter, look that’s Mummy on TV. She still doesn’t really understand it at the moment the connection between the two, (though we did watch a ‘making of’ programme the other day for a TV show she likes and then she watched the actual show and was talking about how the doors weren’t real). And that’s something, plus my books that I can always have to say – that’s mine, I did that and I’m proud of that.
So lets not forgot all the unsung background people, pretending to drink and chat behind the main shot making it real and never being acknowledged or the thousands of writers out there creating something that a small number of people get enjoyment from.