What was it like on the set of Black Lightning? 😊👏👑💯
(just be mindful that i can only speak about my experience for the first episode, since that’s the only one that aired so far)
I’ve been wanting to get into acting since I was in middle school, but my parents didn’t want me to be a child star, they wanted me to have my childhood. So I just did school plays and talent shows alot.
For most acting gigs for television you need an agent, but background acting is open to all. I didn’t wanna just sit and do nothing, so I decided to get into it.
In March 2017 (pilot season basically) the put out a casting calling for people to be students for a new show called Black Lightning. I knew what it was because of the dc shorts that used to come on Cartoon Network, so I was interested. It was really hard for me to get any other kind of background acting gig at the time too. So I signed up and 3 days later I was picked!
I was a senior in high school at the time and I skipped class to go, lol. And It was a short filming day, most filming days are long. We were only there from 2pm-6pm. The people were really nice and I made some really good friends. I got to meet Cress (the man playing Black Lightning) and he is so nice. Also, the set is really hot.
The show got picked up for a full season later. In September 2017, I was asked if could come back and I said sure! Hurricane Irma was going on at the time so it was a mess getting there cause of the weather. The college was closed and that was great because I wouldn’t miss class. Alot of the people that were there in March came back so I was happy. I met China and I fangirled omg, but she was nice about it.
The next week we did the banquet scene, and that was such a long day, but it was fun. I skipped class to do this day. It was really hot that day too, it was like 90 degrees. The director is also really nice, Salim Akil is the coolest male director ever. He picked me and friend to be a band in that epsiode and took a picture of us and posted it on his ig (he also posted me on his ig a week earlier).
The last day for of that epsiode for the people playing the high school students was the next day, when we did the scene where Anissa flipped Will. This was the best day ever, I had so much fun. They placed me and one of my friends by Dabier (the guy that plays Will) we talked to him and he is Hilarious. I also got a chance to speak to China again and she’s so sweet, she’s really funny too.
My experience on the first episode was really good, the hours are long, but I didn’t mind. The whole cast a really nice and talented, and most of the crew is too.