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By EVE MARX

IRVING MYONES PHOTO

Mother and daughter Alexis and Brooke Myones are working as “background” for films, television and commercials. “It’s made me more interesting at cocktail parties,” Alexis Myones said.

 
Alexis Myones and her daughter Brooke did not intend to become film extras, but that’s the way it worked out. The mother/daughter duo, who live in Pound Ridge, have, between them, appeared in 10 or more television shows, as well as a couple of commercials and one feature film, in less than six weeks.

The whole thing came together one day in late June when Alexis was watching the CBS Morning Show and saw a segment about Central Casting. “Everybody knows about Central Casting,” she said. She went online to check out the information, and the next day showed up at Central Casting with her daughter and their passports. “They take your picture, and the next thing you know you’re being barraged by emails,” Alexis said. “You have to have a smartphone because that’s how it all works.” She said the casting agencies sends out lists of extra or “background” jobs, and they respond to the ones that they can.

“If they accept you, next you get the details of what time they need you, where you show up, and what to wear,” Alexis said. “You have to bring clothing changes, usually three outfits. Unless it’s a period piece, and then they supply the costume. You come with hair and makeup camera-ready, and then they tweak you a bit.”

Alexis said signing up with Central Casting is free. “You fill out paperwork, a, I-9 for payment, and that’s it,” she said. “We later joined Casting Networks, which has a $25 one-time fee, because they list more jobs.”

Neither she nor Brooke said they understood what the difference between the two companies is, but that they are both linked to a website shared with other casting companies. “I suppose you could register with all of them, but we never bothered,” Alexis said. “Since we’re doing this for fun, it didn’t seem that important to know about every opportunity out there.”

Alexis is a stay-at-home mom whose children are grown up. Brooke is studying for her CPA exams and begins an accounting job at Citrin Cooperman in New York City in November. She recently completed her degree, magna cum laude, from UMass Amherst last spring. “No one can believe I’m not an aspiring actress,” Brooke said. “They’re shocked when they find out I’m an accountant.”

So far they’ve been on “30 Rock,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Good Wife,” “Royal Pains,” “Smash,” “666 Park Avenue,” “Made in Jersey,” “The People’s Court,” and “Gossip Girls.” Brooke’s car also had a role in “Blue Bloods.” Alexis also recently appeared in an American Express ad, and Brooke was one of three background actors called for the film “Growing Up and Other Lies,” starring Zachary Quinto, Amber Tamblyn, Taran Killam and Adam Brody. “She’s getting IMDB credit for it,” her mother exclaimed.

The pay, while not lush, is not shabby. “We also get fed,” Alexis said. “Those craft trucks are amazing! I’ve already gained weight.” She and Brooke are nonunion. “If you’re in a union, you get a higher rate.” She said commercials pay “a lot more” for both union and nonunion. “Everyone loves commercials,” Alexis said.

Brooke said the work can be tedious. “You stand around a lot, and when you’re working, mostly you’re told to walk back and forth.” Alexis said, “Some of the calls are as early as 5 a.m. I know every 24-hour parking lot.” They both said they enjoy having made so many new friends. “Everyone is so nice and it’s clubby and a great place for singles to safely meet,” Brooke said. “And every crew member thanks you over and over just for showing up.”

Brooke said the work has made her look differently at every show. “I’m always looking for people I know now,” she said. Alexis said of the work, “You have to have the right disposition. You have to want to blend in. This is not for people who want to hog the camera or show off.” She said there are some perks. “On one show, I got to dance with Chris Noth.”

Alexis said the reason she’s doing background work is because it’s a lark. “Partly I do it to get out of the house,” she joked. “Partly because it makes me more interesting at cocktail parties.” The two had to dash off from this interview because Alexis was due on a set. That day, she was required to look like a Republican. “Do I look right?” she laughed, showing off big hair and red nail polish.”


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  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    


Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    


Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


Katonah

  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road


Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    


Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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