So this weekend I went with some people to watch ‘I Am Legend’ the movie with Will Smith, and supposedly he’s the last living person left in the entire world. Well, if you have not seen the movie yet, and you plan on it, BE WARNED…you might want to wear a diaper or something, haha. I did not realize that there were a bunch of creepy zombie-people running around and stuff, so I felt the need to give everyone else a heads-up.
Anyway, on a more cheerful note, today I got my graduation photos taken, and I’m now officially counting the days until graduation (which I’m very excited about!). Getting to wear the cap and gown got me thinking about how soon I will really be done with college. It took me an extra year to finish, but I’m glad I did it that way. Some of you may know, I switched majors in the middle of my junior year. Initially it was kind of scary making a major change when I was already 2 ½ years into college. I realized that I wasn’t doing what God wanted me to do, and I wasn’t about to spend my entire life doing something different, just so I could graduate on time! So, I switched what I was doing, and started working towards my new degree. To be completely honest, it was one of the best decisions I have made. Once I was on a path that lined up with God’s plan for my life, things started to go more smoothly, and I started to really enjoy school again. I was never really miserable, but it wasn’t until I switched that I realized how much more God had for me. It’s a great feeling of peace and excitement knowing that I’m working towards the things God designed me for. So with that a new chapter will be starting soon after I graduate. Until then, I suppose I should try and go to at least some of my classes and try and finish strong. I guess we’ll see.
So this week I went to the NRB Convention in Nashville, TN. It was a lot of fun to walk around and talk to all the TV networks about TVOneLife, but I have to say my favorite moment came at a time I least expected it. James Dobson held a luncheon on Tuesday and right before it a bunch of people were taking pictures with him. So Sean told me it would be fun to take a picture with him that we could put up on the website or on myspace. I agreed and our quest began. So I worked my way through the crowd to James Dobson (or The Dob as we like to call him) and right as I was getting ready to tap him on the shoulder to ask if I could get a picture a bunch of news crews surrounded him and began to interview him. At this point I was standing maybe six inches away from The Dob, so I (since I do a lot of work with TV, haha) could tell that I was also in the camera’s shot. So I was faced with a decision, what do you do at this point? Do you run away and get out of the way of the camera? Do you act goofy and make silly faces? So many choices. What did I do? I decided to sit there and stare at The Dob and be interested in what he was saying. And then after the interview was over I finally got my picture with him. But that isn’t the end of the story… when we got back to the hotel later and were watching the local news, a story came on about the NRB, and in the story was a piece on the James Dobson interview. And right there next to The Dob, as if a bodyguard or something, was me. We all were laughing so hard we almost fell off our beds. So I decided to see if anyone had put up this footage on youtube, or anywhere on the internet, not really expecting much since the story had just aired. But to my surprise someone had posted the entire interview with James Dobson uncut, all three and a half (or so) minutes of it. After we saw that I don’t think we stopped laughing for ten minutes. We never imagined going to take a picture for fun would turn out so well. So you can go to youtube and see the video, just search for ‘James Dobson in Nashville’.
But in other news, we should have some really cool news soon about the NRB and more networks that you will be able to watch TVOneLife on. So be on the look out because TVOneLife may be invading a TV near you very soon!!
Sorry everybody…no history today. This is my second blog, and I guess that makes me a professional by now, or at least a semi-pro. The closest I got to making history today was watching an episode of Rob and Big, and watching Rob break like 21 skateboarding records from the Guinness Book of World Records. Which actually inspired me, and I want to find an obscure record to try and break. So if you have any suggestions of a fun world record that you think I could break (or you think would be funny to watch me try and break…please let me know!!!!). Oh, if it’s the record for the longest jump while riding a tiger bare-backed…forget it.
I’ve been watching some of TV OneLife on a few different networks here and there when I’m not at school, or at work…or playing disc golf. (just in case you were wondering…which I know you weren’t, but that’s okay…I finally shot an entire round at even par on our local disc golf course!!). Something I’ve noticed while watching the show is that our producers are very nice. It’s fun to watch the final cuts of these shows and I just have to smile at all the dumb things I did that didn’t make the show. All the times when I said something stupid, or ran into something, or tripped and fell, or looked dumb, or forgot what I was even doing…that never made it to the final show…well, THANKS! I know I don’t give them much to work with, but I’m glad they at least attempt to make us look decent, and find the few things that I said well.
I don’t know if you’ve seen the episode with our goat herding adventure yet, if you haven’t…you need to keep an eye out for it. I just watched that segment, and could not stop laughing. I think about the day we were on location to shoot that challenge. We had to get up waaaaayyy too early to drive to the middle of nowhere onto this farm, so I was really tired, which means I was really grumpy. But then we finally got let loose in the field with all the goats, and it was so much fun running around with them. I know in the episode it looks like we got the goats corralled in like 5 minutes, but it probably took closer to half an hour to get all the goats and chickens in. By the time we finished we were all hot and sweaty and tired, and probably smelled like goats (by probably…I mean absolutely) but I was in such a great mood. It’s amazing what a little exercise can do to lift your spirits (oh, and running around with some really goofy goats too). What’s the moral of the story? Go get your friends together and chase your neighbor’s goats!?! Just kidding! No, but if it’s a nice day…get up and go do something…it’ll be worth it!
(try disc golf…)
Well guys, you are all a part of history. You are reading the very first “blog” entry ever written by yours truly. I have lots of friends, no names here, who have made quite the hobby out of blogging…I guess I’m a little bit late. But hey, that’s what this year has been all about…trying new things.
I know it’s probably hard to tell, but I have…well…never worked in a TV show before. Honestly, this was a lot different than I ever expected. Working to create TV OneLife was certainly challenging, and pushed me in a number of different ways. I’d say one of the hardest parts is just trying to be real on camera. Whenever the cameras are turned on and rolling, all of a sudden I feel all this pressure, to ‘be myself’ that everything becomes very awkward.
A lot of our shoots for various episodes put me in uncomfortable positions, doing things that I didn’t want to do, and asking people questions that I didn’t really want to ask. Putting myself in a position where I was really pushed out of my comfort zone helped show me a lot about myself. When I get pushed, and stressed, that’s when my true emotions come out. On several occasions, the result was disappointing. However, it has helped me a lot to observe myself and the way I act from another perspective (through a camera, or from a producer’s comments). It’s given me a chance to evaluate my attitude, and work to improve the way I interact with people, and handle difficult situations. Overall, I think I’m a lot better off because of it!
So shooting season 1 is over, and what a ride it was. Being a part of the OLU crew was really awesome. I may not have enjoyed it at the time (like spending the night on the street on a cold rainy night with no blankets), but looking back I had so much fun doing it. I think the thing that I am most blown away with is God’s ability to move through people as long as they are willing. When we first started shooting the TV show we weren’t the most experienced team. But when I watch the show on TV and I see the final product I can see the hand of God all over it. The other night I was watching an episode and it had the ‘Break Dancing Made Easy’ commercial on it. I was laughing so incredibly hard. But then it made me sad because the main actor (Andy) was my roommate and he just went back to school in Delaware and had to move out. Part of me is happy for him, and part of me wants him to flunk out and move back to NC.
My step-grandma died the past week. I wasn’t super close to her (my dad has only been remarried for a couple years), but death is such a hard thing to see. She died from cancer. I have never really had the experience on seeing someone on their deathbed before. The chemo had failed and she was just at home waiting to go. Whenever I was in the room with her all I could do was pray, pray for her, for the family, I just felt so helpless. Death is something I don’t quite understand yet. You always hear people say “they had done all that God wanted them to do.” And I also wonder, well yeah but couldn’t there have been more? And cancer is just so nasty. I hate that we live in a world with those kinds of diseases. I want to just be able to reach out and grab the cancer out of her and help her up off the bed and back to her normal life. I understand now why Jesus would send out all the crying and mourning women when he went to heal someone. Because I know full and well that Jesus can heal anything, but in the room I could just feel a presence of hopelessness. And without faith it is extremely hard for Jesus to move. The Bible says in Matthew 13:58 “And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.” But I will be the first to admit that faith for healing is not the easiest thing to have. Especially when it is cancer that has spread all throughout someone’s body. So yeah, death is a pretty rough thing that makes you evaluate a lot of stuff.