the stories of a los angeles violinist

an ode to sidelining

Added on by Jordan Martone.

sidelining is this curious thing in the entertainment industry that involves fake-playing music on camera. why is this a thing? and a popular thing at that? if musicians play real music on camera they have to be paid a LOT more. it's cheaper for production to pay for real musicians miming on camera. and believe it or not, it's harder than it looks. 

i have found that the best technique for bowing convincingly and on-the-string is to use a crummy bow and place a long piece of scotch tape on the bow hair. when you make bow-to-string contact, you can't possibly make a noise. it's wonderful! 

here are some of my pictures from sidelines past:

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 look! my short hair!

look! my short hair!

this was a sideline for abc's hit show "the middle". these two lovely violinists and myself played a violin trio that serenaded a classroom full of high school students as a part of a class project. we had tiny in-ear monitors that were the size of a jelly bean, we were costumed in outfits that were intended to make us look younger. (the casting call was for 18+ year-olds that look like they could be in high school) luckily, i am often mistaken for a 16 year-old. blerg. this gig was a total blast! we were on the set all day, had our own trailers, ALL the craft services, and got to hang with the main characters Axl and Sue who were really cool.

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this sideline was a very different one because it was for access hollywood live. it was about 2-3 hours tops, very quick. i was asked to play "concertmistress" for carly rae jepsen singing "part of your world" as a promo for her cover of the song on the new release of the little mermaid. this one was a whirlwind. live tv shows are stressful, dude! but visiting the burbank studios (where they used to film the tonight show with jay leno) was great and i could just feel the history, ya know? this one was the hardest to mime because of how tight the cameras were on us. but carly was really chill and i got to "fake play" with the original little mermaid cues in front of me! eeep! 

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my latest sideline is still a secret. shhhhh the disney/abc gods are watching... 

but i decided to show some pics of my fitting for the show. i got to visit sunset gower studios for the fitting and there's really no better way to start your day than by feeling like a star. hey, a girl can dream, right? for this show, i got to wear a formal gown, fancy shoes and earrings, and play in a string quartet. when my episode airs (probably in march), i'll do a full post. 

i really like to dress up, go to hair and makeup and sit in the chairs while being pampered, eat all the yums, drink coffeenom, meet new people, and perform well. sidelining is really quite fun, in my book.