Jennifer Mayo, a junior in finance at Auburn University, just wanted to stay busy for the summer.
Her attempt to fight through summer boredom and her love for the movie “Pitch Perfect” came together when she was cast as a feature extra in the movie “Pitch Perfect 2.”
“I applied just to be a person in the audience,” Mayo said. “And then they sent me an email saying ‘Do you want to be in an acapella group?’”
Though an agency that specialized in casting extras Mayo landed a small role as a member of a K-Pop group member.
“I was taking summer classes and I dropped all my classes and left,” Mayo said. “Within a couple of days I was in New Orleans with my brother and then I would drive to Baton Rouge to film every day.”
Mayo worked on set for five days from 4PM to 4AM. Because she was feature extra she was driven to set each day and went through hair, makeup and wardrobe.
While extras were not supposed to talk to the big-name celebrities on set, she shared a snack table with Das Sound Machine, a prominent acapella group in the movie, and was able to meet some of the actors.
She said she enjoyed the experience and would absolutely be an extra again.
Acting is not a career she wants to pursue professionally, however. “It was just one of those things where I’ve always wanted to just be an extra in a movie and then this happened,” Mayo said. “It was a right time at the right place kind of thing.”
Mayo is currently taking summer classes and hopes her studies at Auburn will lead her to a job off the silver screen, in finance organizing budgets for a company.
All photos provided courtesy of Jennifer Mayo.