Running in creative circles like I do means actively supporting those around you in their endeavors. Most times it comes in the form of going to a friend’s show. Other times, as I learned this weekend, it
means picking up a new skill set. For example, acting as production assistant on an impromptu Brooklyn wide photo shoot. I received a crash course in styling, photography and British culture while on location with my singer/songwriter friend Kim Garrison. I may be in the midst of a career change as we speak people…GO KIM STREET TEAM! WOOT!
It was very reminiscent of an episode of America’s Next Top Model on a Brooklyn street challenge. Kim plays the contestant minus the crying, David Renfrey plays Nigel, the British Photographer, and I am the not gay, less glamorous art director Jay, minus the platinum hair. I shouted out directions and fixed her hair, but mostly just carried bags and sat with them. In any case it was a cool experience playing apprentice!
- Helping Kim get over her fear of heights on the Williamsburg Bridge.
- Learning how to measure light with special equipment and having it added to my PA duties (along with watching the bags).
- Playing fashion show while eating butternut squash baked pizza. YUM!
- Pinning up a nightgown and pretending it was suitable to wear outside at 6 pm. (MAKE IT WORK)
- Taking a picture of someone taking a picture. (STREET TEAM ACTION SHOTS WOO HOO)
- Kim yelling at everyone as they walked into Rockwood music hall to go to the other room and not look at her.
- Getting accosted by the park police for not having a permit to shoot pictures (after shooting for over an hour).
- The park police not noticing the huge bottle of Jameson we had with us on location.
- Skater guy watching us shoot at the park.
- Skater guy following us around the block and watching us again.
- Kim sprawled out on a purple bench.
- Kim in the middle of the street with her dress and 4 inch heels, screaming periodically that she is NOT a street walker.
- Finding the space invaders symbol painted on the wall.
- Skater guy still watching us
- Kim waving to the police hoping they don’t mistake her for a street walker.
- Trying to find the damn pier.
- Not finding the pier entrance, but stumbling on the best diner known to mankind (Relish Diner)
- Learning terminology like “closer “(a closer body shot) and “neat” (drink without ice).
- David reading his manual – um how long have you been a professional photographer?
- David figuring out color saturation. We heart color saturation!
- Kim and I getting hit on by an eight-year-old outside the bodega – “you so sexy, and your friend too:”
- Me learning about embedding colors and the real definition of a flat in the same breath.
- Saying, “of course” after everything.
- Making David listen to Soko “I’ll kill her.”
- David loving the song.
- Getting scared by large groups of tourists in Dumbo.
- Running away from Dumbo shortly thereafter.
- Me speaking in a British accent for the remainder of the day.
So, it is very fitting that I am being sent to cover the AOL Fashionista photoshoot later today. Stay tuned for that blog…