The camera that is …
The night prior Corey and I both realized that we were nervous. You know when you don’t really think about something it doesn’t really register. Funny thing is that even if you don’t admit it consciously your body is still living in that state so might as well shout it out loud! So, we did and the truth was out.
The day of (last Thursday) I did what I always do on big, important days and act like everything is no. big. deal. I had no idea what I was going to wear (picking out something last minute would make the whole thing seem not as big of a deal), had no idea what to do with my dreadful hair and decided rather last minute that I wasn’t even going to shower. So, I picked out an outfit (that I was happy with), put my hair up … errr …. left my hair up in a messy bun and spent an entire 15 minutes on my makeup (something I do only a handful of times a year).
They came, we all shook hands and they were totally fabulous! Warm and friendly and not the least bit awkward (thank, God!) so we warmed up and relaxed immediately.
We immediately went upstairs and after they moved past how much bigger our room was compared to how it looked in the photos they asked us what we would like to see with the space.
You mean we do have some say? Absolutely!
This was SO relieving because I was able to give ideas I’ve had and we were able to share (on film) what our style is. This way America will be privy to what we like. I got more excited than I’ve ever been!!!
Charley woke up from her nap only minutes after they arrived and we had NO idea we would film for so long (1.5 hours for a minute+ commercial!). Charley luckily is very independent (when she’s healthy and rested) so we would move her to a different location every 20 minutes (her crib, the floor in her room, the exersaucer, her bouncer ….) and encourage her to happily remain entertained. She did in fact remain very happy (even forcing us to re-do some of our clips because her squealing in delight downstairs came through our mics upstairs!), but you can imagine just HOW MUCH she was over it at the end of the 2+ hours. Poor thing …. I totally should have scheduled a play date for her, but honestly I had no idea it was going to be so long.
Through all of it we learned some things:
1. Being in front of the camera when you’re working with an awesome producer is no big thing.
2. Corey and I treat each the other the exact same way behind closed doors as we do on camera (which for those of you who know us know that it can be something to get used to). The crew hesitantly laughed at us the entire time.
3. When someone tells you not to do something (i.e. rub your hands together or move them in front of the mic) you will do it the. entire. time. Poor film crew. We were wearing them out!
4. The amount of footage they have to get to create a commercial, show, etc. is staggering! I got a bit of an idea when I went to an Extreme Home Makeover big reveal (2+ hours just to get the family out of the limo and into the house), but seriously – it’s intense.
5. Being a part of a show is super fun and we are really excited to have them in our house. I never thought I’d say that with so much gusto, but I’m feeling positive about the whole thing and like I said in the beginning it’s bound to be nothing short of an adventure!
p.s. We’re scheduled to film the 3-day makeover in May. Specific dates still TBD (thanks to my husband’s crazy schedule).
p.p.s. Another one of the couples getting a makeover found us through my blog posts and we are now communicating. It’s fun to share experiences!
p.p.s.s. On a totally unrelated note if you’d like to see my post over at The Creative Mama from this weekend you can see how I turned this dressing table …
…. into a desk for Charley. To see the after click here.