I enjoyed filming my segments for That’s Clever this past Tuesday immensely! I had a hard time getting used to the idea that I was "the talent," but once I got past that I enjoyed the unique experience of having Klieg lights, a couple of producers, and a crew of camera and soundpeople in my studio!
We started at 8:00 a.m. and shot until 3:00, without a break. It was very intense and also difficult at first to remember to give short, clipped instructions and then demonstrate. But, once I got the hang of it (due to working with incredibly patient people) it was a breeze and we went straight through my project, which was a fabric collage portrait. We did a second project, which was initially supposed to be felted soap bars, but got changed to Artist’s Trading Cards. Both projects were a lot of fun and I hope you all will watch when the show airs (sometime in 2007 — subscribe to my blog using the button in the side column and I’ll post notification here when it is scheduled!)
The producers, Derrick and Kate, were fabulous to work with, and appropriately serious and kitchy and corny by turns. They were lots of fun!
By the end of the day, I was looking pretty worn out, but I had such a great feeling of accomplishment from doing something totally new and different (and from going down the kids’ slide and jumping on the trampoline for the opening segment!)
Now, with my brief career as a TV star behind me, I’ve moved on into the exciting world of being a stage mom for The Alabama Ballet’s Nutcracker production, which opened last night. From your point of view the Nutcracker is a good thing, because I’m finding lots of time to knit backstage, and should have significant progress on several works-in-progress to show you over the next few days!