Monday morning I trudged in to work, and Friend #2 came by to say that someone they were counting on for a training video shoot couldn't make it, and could I fill in?
Sure. I like video shoots, as long as I NEVER EVER view the finished product. Recently I was passing someone's desk as they happened to have my face emoting away on screen, and I had to reprove them for breaking my streak of never seeing my face on camera.
I had to drive half an hour to get to the shoot. I knew they were waiting on me. I figured I'd walk in, read off a teleprompter, then come back. The video shoots I've been to are fairly low key.
I walked in to this video shoot, ready to go, get this show on the road, and they said, no, you have to go in to hair and makeup.
I laughed at them. And then I saw that this was not the usual video shoot. They had a hair and makeup lady, catered food, a professional actor, costumes, lights, cameras ... just waiting on me for the action.
Let me tell you, I documented what the hair and makeup lady did. Of course, I would have needed 20 different shades of powder to do the same.
She spent five minutes on the bags under my eyes. She didn't use any mascara, which made me feel better about never using mascara myself. I was also gratified to see that we used almost the same shade of lipstick, and that she didn't go heavy on my eyebrows
She also did a lot of work on my hair, and it looked much the same when she was done. So, if a professional can't make it look any better, then I feel comforted.
Eventually she gave up, and I went on to say my lines and try not to look too adoringly at the gorgeous professional actor across from me.
Afterward, I didn't want to waste the free professional makeup, so I went out to eat with Gary and we exceeded our personal best for dinner expenses -- but, I was a celebrity for a day and I had to live it up.