March 18, 2011

Something Wonderful: Pear-Shaped Americans Rejoice. Your Avatar is the World's Greatest Extra!

Jesse Heiman Rising: A short clip showing we are dealing with someone who clearly will go on to become "The Greatest Nerd of All Time."

Heiman has my current vote for the "Only in America" man of the month. A strange case of arrested development, the "Greatest Extra" is 32 years old:

Jesse Heiman (born May 23, 1978) is an American actor, best known as playing an extra in more than 50 films and television shows. -- Wiik/a>
He's working all the time with 49 film/tv jobs in ten years.

And it appears he had little doubt what he wanted to do and wasted little time in setting about it:

Jesse Heiman - Biography He lived in Austin, Texas from 1989 and attended West Ridge Middle School, Westlake High School, and Texas State University of San Marcos for education. Graduated college in May of 2000 with a BA in English.

Moved to Los Angeles in September of 2000.

Began acting in November as a background actor/extra. Has appeared in several films, TV shows, commercials, and music videos.

A typical role in his rise would be: Mr. Monk and the UFO (2009) … 3rd UFO Enthusiast

Other otherwise unremarked appearances would be in the perfect world of commericials such as, Mercedes Benz commercial - the one where the car passed a double decker bus. Jesse is the guy who takes a photo of the car in slow motion. and Vonage commercial: where he is breaking up with his supermodel girlfriend in her Ferrari and then gets hit in the head by the Vonage box.

AMA I am Jesse Heiman : IAmA

Jesseheiman [S] 42 points 1 day ago[-]
I have been typecasted sometimes to play a geek or dork or nerd and often get called to play 18 to look younger even though I'm 32 I still play high school aged all the time. I graduated from Westlake High School in Austin, TX in 1996 and went to Texas State-San Marcos for college, graduated from there in 2000. I'm SAG so daily rate for me is $139/8 hours plus overtime plus meals/travel. To be honest I just signed up for extra work at Central Casting 11 years ago and worked that night on Rat Race and since then as you know been working steadily to now. I don't know how I became more used or succesful than other extras but it just happened.

Jesseheiman [S] 21 points 1 day ago[-]
Yes I have made enough to continue living in Los Angeles for as long as I've been here, some other actors take jobs like waiting and catering but I enjoy the hands on work of extra work and work steadily enough that I'm working usually 2-3 times a week which will equal more than enough to get by for me.

Jesseheiman [S] 24 points 1 day ago[-]
I get by enough to live here in Los Angeles and steadily enough I do not need to do anything else at the moment.
I've answered number 2 a few times here
My dream role would be to play Smokey in a remake of Smokey and the Bandit

Klitzy420 9 points 1 day ago[-]
Why do you never age?....
Jesseheiman [S] 7 points 1 day ago[-]
I have no idea but it works for me eh?

How hard is the work? Meaning, you say you get paid for an 8 hour much of that is shooting, and how much of that is sitting around shootin' the shit?
Jesseheiman [S] 8 points 1 day ago[-]
It's a lot of hard work often being on your feet for 8-10 hours a day but there is enough down time within those hours to chat with friends on set and relax in holding. Plus there is always fresh food, water and coffee so it's not that bad. I enjoy my time on set and bring my iPhone and iPad with me too.

What is your secret to eternal youth while avoiding strenuous exercise?
Jesseheiman [S] 19 points 1 day ago[-]
I don't really know I think it's just the cards I was dealt.

Jesseheiman [S] 19 points 1 day ago[-]
I do it now because it's how I got started as an actor. I do it because so many people in my past told me I couldn't be on tv or in the movies, etc to proove them wrong. I did it to follow my dreams and have worked with many of my idols and now some of them are also my friends. I was starstruck by Tom Hanks and became best friend with his son Colin in the same month.

Lycurgus 0 points 1 day ago[-]
Who the fuck is Jesse Heiman?
Jesseheiman [S] 110 points 1 day ago[-]
whoever you want me to be

Posted by Vanderleun at March 18, 2011 12:45 PM
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