Saturday, June 23, 2012

BHG Opportunity

As if life hasn't been crazy enough, lately... it seems God thought it'd be nice to compensate for all of the tough stuff that came along in May by blessing me with lots of incredible opportunities and fun in June. :) One of these many opportunities was an opportunity presented by an old friend from when I lived in DSM, Sue. 

Sue taught cooking classes at Kitchen Collage during the time that I was working there. Thanks to her, I am now capable of creating delicious homemade egg rolls, some incredible Thai soups, and if I tried really hard, I might even be able to remember how to successfully poach an egg.

It's been a while since my DSM days, but Sue and I have been able to keep in contact via Facebook. I keep up with her different catering gigs and gorgeous foodie photos while she keeps up with my travels and photography.

At the end of May I received this from her:

  • May 31, 2012
  • Sue Hoss
    Hey you!! Long time, no talk to! Hope all's well. Say, I have a seriously crazy proposition for you: My company is doing some VERY last minute video work for Meredith through the month of June where we'll be shooting some short cooking-type videos, and we're looking for some people who might be good in front of the camera (I know you're doing beautiful work behind it!) and who have some familiarity with food (that is, they are comfortable cooking and chopping and all that stuff). Would you happen to be interested in coming in for a day or two to give it a try? Don't worry if this isn't up your alley--I totally get it! If you have questions about it, call me...

Naturally, I responded with this:

  • Lauren Hans√łn
    SUE THAT SOUNDS SO FUN!!! When do you need me?! thank you for considering me!

We talked. We emailed. We planned. Everything came together. I showed up one Friday and was BLOWN AWAY at the whole scene of a professional video shoot!! It was SOOO much fun. 

I had the privilege of being made up by the one and only Mary-Kate Gales. She's incredible. Just after sitting with her for an hour, I felt like I had known her for a lifetime. She was so personal and encouraging. She gave me tips on building a small business and taking advantage of opportunities such as this one to build a portfolio. She was kind enough to take photos of me during the set (I'll add those in a minute!) There was just something about her presence, she is very much alive and inspiring to be around... these types of encounters are my favorite!

Throughout the course of our day, we shot enough for three 1-2 minute videos: 

Secrets to Success from Better Homes and Gardens
  • Chicken and Dumplings
  • Spice Rubbed Chicken with Roasted Onions
  • Maple Brined Turkey

I don't yet have the links to any of them... but will probably add them on here when I get them. We'll see. 

Everything about the day just gave me such a rush. The pressure of knowing my lines and being animated enough on camera was so strange. Having to fill up a silent room with a the voice I've carried for the last 24 years was really bizarre too! It was fascinating how they prepared the food downstairs and created such works of art... and they were still edible! It was fun to see how Peter, the cameraman, worked with the lighting and changed his angles to create depth and different focuses to keep things interesting. 

It was a great day, I can't wait to do it again!

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