A few months ago, I wrote a post about my love of Jesse Heiman.
As it turns out, more people than just my mom read my blog; a couple of producers happened upon my post about Jesse, and one of them got in touch with me a few weeks ago about a Kickstarter campaign they're doing to raise money for a documentary, named World's Greatest Extra, about Jesse and his life and career in Hollywood. He asked me to write a blog post about it to spread the word, which I was more than happy to do (side note: I'm not receiving compensation of any kind for doing this), because nothing makes me happier than underdogs and people working hard at doing what they love and getting somewhere because of it.
I was trying to think of how to put in to words why Jesse inspires such joy in my heart whenever I see him or read about him, and I kept coming back to this: he has been an extra for years and years, has been in over 300 films, and it was only recently that he finally gained any notoriety because of that GoDaddy commerical with Bar Rafaeli, but he has kept on keeping on through it all. He is the perfect example of what so many people in Los Angeles are doing: striving to achieve something, going to endless auditions, dreaming, and working hard. And he seems to genuinely enjoy himself. Like he says in the trailer below, "It's a wonderful life, and I do live it." It's hard not to love someone with that kind of attitude.
Anyway, check out the trailer, head on over to the Kickstarter campaign page to read more and donate some money to make this documentary happen, and like it on Facebook. And spread the word! I, for one, cannot wait to see what is in store for Jesse.