The Blur of Celebrity


‘Have you done a lot of these?’


‘This is my first, as a stand-alone out-of-focus person.’

‘It’s ‘background artiste’.’

‘Do you ever get recognised?’

‘No, I’m a professional.’

‘Oh. Easy job though, isn’t it? Just stand at the back and look fuzzy.’

‘Hardly! This isn’t crowd work, my dear.’

‘No, you’re right. I used to be in crowds but my agent said I was better than that.’

‘Pah! Agents.’

‘He promised me I was going to be one of those two walking down the passage.’

‘No chance!’

‘I’d love to go foreground.’

‘Wouldn’t we all, darling. Wouldn’t we all.’


Friday Fictioneers (FF) is a challenge open to writers all over the world: write a 100 word story using the week’s unique photo as inspiration. This week’s picture is supplied by Kent Bonham.

More hows, whens and whats of FF can be found here at Rochelle’s site. (Thank you, Rochelle, for hosting.)

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Published by mike olley

Mike Olley writes short fiction. He has two collections of very short stories available, Better and Mind Clearance. His work has also been published online as well as in several anthologies. Originally from London, he spent a few years in Spain before a quirk of fate brought him back to live in an English seaside town. He now spends his time gathering storylines washed in by the sea.

39 thoughts on “The Blur of Celebrity

    1. Thanks, Claire. Obviously it depends which crowd you’re in. Me, I’m in with the ‘in’ crowd. At least I know where the ‘in’ crowd go (I think)…

  1. Haahahaa!! I love how you made the blurry ladies the “focus” of your story. Brilliant! I hope one day, she will get to pose in the foreground and be “recognized” by her talent. 😉

  2. Great evocation of the back ground actor. I actually have a friend whose life’s ambition was to be a background actor. I could never understand it. She hated the fore gound, she was totally camera shy!

    1. Not the same actor, no : )

      It is a great photo, not mine though. I love the stone texture. And if you weren’t awake driving up that road you’d certainly be awake driving down it, especially if you missed a ramp.

  3. Oh,this is such a different take-col dialogues.Loved it Mike:-)Not easy to be on either side I guess for everything in life has a price-ah!

      1. Yes,they do-I can never imagine how or why people want to reach that status and live such a life-well to each his/her own I guess:-)All the best for your book:-)

  4. Nice take on the prompt, Mike. I bought your book by the way (Better). Re: first story – have been known to don a pair of hubbie’s underpants when absolutely desperate (for underwear) but I’m always very particular when I know I’m going to board a plane! I like the ‘extra’ type jargon in your story. Have you done this? I’m thinking of signing up. Been training my singing voice. Debut’ed with Mozart a year ago (aged 61). About to make a complete fool of myself with Canteloube! Silly old fool. Ann

    1. Thank you, Ann, for the comment and buying the book – I hope you enjoy it.

      I have been an ‘extra’ in one feature film (just for the experience) but spent a few years the other side of the camera, directing pop videos and commercials.

      I think you should sign up for ‘extra’ work. There’s a lot of waiting about but it’s good fun (when it’s not cold on location) and you do get well fed. There seems to be a lot of local choirs and singing competitions around – if you can already sing then you’re out of the blocks with a good start. I say ‘Go for it!’ You’re never too young.

  5. I’d love to make a career of being an “extra.” I’ve got a lot to offer, or so they say. A very unique take on the prompt, Mike. I really got a kick out of it.

    1. Thanks, Russell. For a career I reckon you’d need to get a steady gig, like a soap. Films would be few and far between. Shame there aren’t any B movies any more.

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