Friday, 18 September 2015

Things You Learn When You Move In With Your Boyfriend

You learn an awful lot about a person once you start living together. Every weird habit, fart and annoying quirk is out in the open and quite frankly, it's a test of your relationship, but a good test. And I'm pretty sure the main test is for men, seeing if they can put up with living with us when we leave 5 half full cups of tea around everywhere. Well, I mean me.

Jamie and I


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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

MY EXPERIENCE AS AN EXTRA ON TOWIE

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I lived in Essex for just over 2 years and during that time I worked and lived in Brentwood. I'd often see the TOWIE cast around, doing filming or posing for the paparazzi outside Sainsbury's that they called on themselves, so when I was asked to be an extra in the background of my work I said yes just for the experience as I was doing Media Studies at the time in college and wanted to see what an actual filming set was like.

First of all, if you're interested in knowing how to be a TOWIE extra then I don't really know. I don't think they take on many new extras now after something was exposed by a girl about the plot line for the upcoming series; I think they re-use a lot of the extras now. I would suggest looking at an extras website or a Facebook page for casting in Essex as they always need background nightclub extras as they don't film in actual clubs, they'll go when it's shut for the night and use background extras, as they did at my work. I never applied or asked for the experience, I simply did it to help out at my work place; I certainly never expected to get paid! 

There was A LOT of 'free time' when the crew weren't filming. I got out of work at midnight and they'd arrived at about 9:30. They set up more equipment than expected and it goes to show that everything you see on TOWIE is completely set up, there is no 'popping for fish and chips' on this show. I once thought it was a small camera crew following the cast around, but it's actually a hell of a lot of lighting, wires absolutely everywhere, a track for the camera to move across and more. I actually dropped a salt shaker really loudly during filming which was embarrassing, but hey ho, they ended up doing about 7 takes of every single scene anyway! 

Arg and Lydia were both very nice and chatty and I did film a talking scene with them (I took their order behind the till, haha) but that was cut, much to my mum's despair. During takes we chatted about my job and other stuff. Lauren kept to herself (I'm saying she's fairly stuck up in a polite way) but Lewis was lovely and spoke to me and my boss for ages (probably because it was so boring waiting around for the crew to set up a different camera angle!)

Overall it was a pretty cool experience, getting to see how the things were set up and done, but I don't think I'd do it again. The entire process went on from around 9ish to 12:30, which is a really long time for a scene that was on screen for about 5 minutes.....




Have you ever been an extra for a show or film?



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Thursday, 10 September 2015

4 HELPFUL TIPS THAT EVERY FRESHER SHOULD KNOW

September is the beginning of a new era for college students everywhere. Going to university is both exciting and equally as nail-bitingly worrying, so I thought I would give some little chunks of advice to the people going this year as I have been there and done that, and nothing is really as complicated as some people make it out to be. This may well be the millionth post from your frantic Google searches if you're worried about starting university; perhaps this will help you, or perhaps it will remind you not to spend your student loans on Wagamamas. Again. 


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