Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Baby Signing Time Testimonial Shoot
It started with an email around Ellie's birthday that I responded to asking about my child and how much she signs. I sent back a picture of Ellie and talked a little about our experiences with the DVDs. Then, I heard nothing for a couple of months. I got another email a couple of days after Lynlee was born, and I did not take the time to respond to it, so I thought that I would not be a contender. But then I got a Flip video camera in the mail with instructions to film Ellie watching Baby Signing Time and signing. This whole time, I thought Ellie would be the only one on video. Even after the final emails came describing time and place of the in-person shoot, I thought it would be Ellie.
But it was me.
I was scheduled to be the 2nd interview of the day, and I even told Greg, "it shouldn't take that long, because they can't have gotten behind yet." I showed up at 9:45 (a little early for my 10:00 call time) and got pampered. The wardrobe lady ironed the collar of my shirt, and then I got hair and make-up done. Yes, make-up for me! And then I kept on having my eyes redone because of the issues I was having. One of the reasons I don't wear make-up is that my eyelashes are so long that mascara flakes off easily (when I blink, my eyelashes hit my cheeks). I also have dry eyes, so I blink a lot - and with powder flying all over and mascara on I was blinking more than ever. So the mascara kept on giving me raccoon eyes, which meant the make-up lady had to reapply powder. It was quite an adventure.
The production did get behind.... The interview before me was a lady, and her mom came with her, so they interviewed the lady, and then the mom, and then the lady and mom together. I was supposed to be on set on 10:45, and they didn't start me until 12:05. While we were waiting around, the next interview and the next interview arrived, and we sat around chatting. I got to meet Emilie de Azevedo Brown, who is the co-creator of the series. It was interesting to talk to her and hear a little more about their company and their projects (they are coming out with Baby Signing Time board books!).
When it was my turn, I got miked up and talked with the director for about 25 minutes. His last question to me was, "what would you say to Rachel if she were here?" and I turned around, and Rachel was there! She, along with other production staff, was sitting in a room watching all of the interviews, and she came out and finished it up. It was a little crazy to see Ellie's "Chel" there (Ellie always asks to watch Chel - she leaves off the Ra).
After talking with Rachel for a couple of minutes, we took a picture on my phone (and sorry that Rachel has a boom sticking out of her head), and I came home. My eyes were killing me on the drive, and I walked in the door and tried to wash off all of the make-up. Now I know why people have a product called "eye make-up remover." I, of course, do not own any, and it took about 10 minutes to try and remove all of the mascara with soap and water.