Today I thought I would be going on a simple meteorologist promo shoot, but instead I got an adventure that definitely made my time in Promotions one that I won’t forget.
First, I’ll brief you on the original plan- Take Jeff to shoot his portion of the promo in Hampton in the morning, then come back and shoot all of the meteorologists together in the afternoon.
& Here’s what really happened- We get to the site and Mike and Eric begin setting up which I can normally take a little while. I helped with what I could but when it got to setting up the camera there wasn’t much I could do. Everything seemed set after about 10 minutes (which was a relief because it was about 95 degrees outside and all three of us are sweating, Eric was the only smart one that had a cloth to wipe his face) but then the camera cut off. Mike and Eric tried to figure out why for another 10 minutes and Jeff even got out of the air conditioned car to figure out what was going on, but no one could find a solution to the problem. The camera was broken.
Mike was googling stuff on his iPhone and found that there was a Canon in Newport News that we could take the camera too, so we packed everything up and headed there.
This seriously isn’t a plug for Canon, but they were AMAZING. I met Mr. Canon himself.. just kidding but seriously they were great! They were able to fix the camera in two hours and let us take a tour of their show room while we waited.
Since the show room tour didn’t take very long we killed some time and had lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings, where Jeff had to wear a bib napkin so he wouldn’t stain his shirt as he chowed down on endless wings.
We headed back to Canon to pick up the camera after they called us to let us know it was ready. Can I add that in order to even get in the facility you have to check in, provide proper ID at the gate and then get a visitors badge..yes it’s that serious!
After getting the camera we headed back to Hampton to finally get Jeff’s promo done. Thank God for Eric who picked a cooler location so none of us were sweating as badly. Jeff pretty much nailed his lines so we weren’t out there forever and a day which was great!
As we headed back to the car we tried to pay for our ticket to get into the parking garage but the machine was broken (of course) but Eric and Mike figured it out and we were on our way!
It was definitely an adventure and I learned that in order to work in this business no matter the department you ALWAYS have to think on your toes! Mike and Eric didn’t get discouraged when the camera stopped working (well they may have but they didn’t act like it) and they didn’t complain when they were drenched in sweat from the scorching heat (I’m not over exaggerating, it really was hot). Jeff didn’t complain even when I was shining a reflector in his eyes and he was just a lot of fun to be around. Even when everything was going wrong, he still managed to crack a joke or recite some odd fact or opinion that no one had ever heard before ( like if a dragon fly lands on you its good luck).
Quote of the day (there seriously were so many): ” A Lexus is like a woman with too much Botox, it tries hard to look good..but it just doesn’t” – Jeff