Why I was smoking yesterday

February 28th, 2009 ~ 10:30 pm

I shot a short for CalArts yesterday and it happened to involve a scene where they all ‘smoke a bowl’ like ‘teenagers’ often do… So I needed to learn how to do that and to actually inhale it so I could exhale and make it look real. The herbal stuff we were using smelled like blueberry for some reason and the general consensus from the others who smoked was that it was just awful. I agreed, but I think inhaling smoke is fairly awful regardless of what it is. But hey, at least now I know how to smoke a bowl. New skill for my resume! (not really, but I can say I know how if someone asks) I just hope it comes across like I know what I am doing and not cringing when I inhale. I didn’t have any coughing fits, so at least there is that.

And here is a little anecdote that I find hilarious, but is actually only mildly funny. So we’re sort of improvising and I’m trying to roll a joint, and failing. And I’m talking about how some kid had just showed me how the other day and that’s why I was really bad at it. I pick a name at random, which happens to be Mark. The other actor and I are chit chatting about him and at some point I’m like- Oh, he’s retarded. etc. You know, talkin’ shit about a classmate. So then later they were copying the footage and sitting about and the director mentions that and how it was funny- and that’s when I realize that his name is also Mark. Hilarious. It was like I was teasing him without even realizing it. I think it’s hilarious that I didn’t realize it and everyone else in the room had. I was sort of wondering why my chit chat got a subtle response behind the camera. I am a silly goose.

We finished everything on time. I’m done with my part and they finish up the rest today through Monday. I don’t know when Mark has to have it finished, but it shouldn’t be too long. I’m excited to see it to see how gross I look. I didn’t wash my hair almost all week and I didn’t wear any makeup and had a total break out recently (realisim!). If I don’t look like a greasy, grungy teen I will be disappointed. Actually if I don’t look like I a teen, well, that’s because I’m not, but I think me being makeup-less with zits might create the illusion. Besides, film/TV “teens” are all like my age, so there’s that.
I like being kind of freakish or gross just as much as I like dressing up and being pretty.

The only thing that sucks is that today my sinuses and throat are all inflamed from the smoking and then running around and talking all day. So now I feel like I have a really bad cold. Maybe I do. Oh well. It was worth it.

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