Precious Bolden, 35, of Daytona Beach was cast as an extra in the new HBO comedy “The Righteous Gemstones,” starring Danny McBride and John Goodman.
She plays a church worshipper on two separate episodes. Also, she plays the role of a neighbor for the season two show “Tales,” which comes out on BET network this year.
Ms. Bolden makes no secret of being diagnosed with depression and anxiety which is why reinventing herself was such a bold step that paid off. She wanted to do something for herself and given her love of talking, hosting events and being with people, she thought why not explore television as an option. She found the website auditionsfree.com, followed the appropriate links, and ended up on both television shows.
“I was going to step out on faith,” Ms. Bolden said. “I just Googled online. That’s how it started.”
For The Righteous Gemstones, she submitted her picture and was chosen as an extra with 300 others for a taping in South Carolina. Ms. Bolden was thrilled to be called back a month later for another taping.
“They dressed me, they changed my hair, I felt good,” she said. “I am non-union at the moment. People need to know anybody can be an extra. I’m on BET currently just by reaching out. 'Tales' is re-enacting classic hip hop songs. Instead of it being a song they are making it into a little episode describing the song. I am in episode eight.”
She describes The Righteous Gemstones as a “televangelist comedy.”
“It was a lifetime experience and I would suggest anyone should take a chance,” Ms. Bolden said. “It is never too late. Harrison Ford didn’t become famous until after 30. It takes rain and sunshine for flowers to grow. I may be down today, but I may win tomorrow.”
This all despite her diagnosed depression and anxiety.
“I salute myself every day. I may not always feel bubbly but I go and do,” she said. “I replace one negative thought with three positive thoughts. I uplift and empower myself.”
No longer on medication for depression, she tries for find things that make her feel good.
“I love the power of learning something new,” Ms. Bolden said. “People need to believe in themselves and if you’re feeling down, you tell yourself things to uplift yourself.”
Ms. Bolden is hoping to get an IMDb credit, making her part of the online database of information about films, television programs, home videos, video games and streaming content. IMDb has listings of casts and production crew, and personal biographies.
Ms. Bolden is co-founder of Queens United, a women’s empowerment group that focuses on uplifting women suffering with mental and physical issues. She continues to mentor others as part of the group. She also works at Harris Building Services, a company she runs with her fiancée.
She plans on pursuing more television opportunities.