This blog began in 2010 as part of the publisher’s promotional materials for my travel book, The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men. The book rose to #1 on Amazon’s Best-Sellers List within two weeks of publication, and is still selling. The blog has been expanded to cover my other pursuits.

Happy Father’s Day!

June, 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

This picture was taken of my dad and me when I was six months old. As you can see, he was the ultimate good sport:) At first, he was sitting on the edge of the pool holding me so I could wade on the step, but I wanted to get in and splash. Even though Dad was wearing a shirt and shorts, he helped me do it…and as you can see, he didn’t mind getting soaked! Today, he’s still involved in my adventures and still has the same fun attitude. The making of my videos is a good example. People keep asking two questions about them. I’m answering them on Father’s Day since they both involve my dad.

“Who makes your videos?” Some people have even asked who is on my “film crew.” Crew? That’s a pretty loose term seeing that it’s me…with some help from my dad as a fill-in cameraman. My films arose because my publisher required me to create a blog for my book, The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men. This was six months before the publication date. The marketing exec said I could just quote parts of my book. Since people would be reading my book, I thought that was a cheat, so I decided to create video blogs. I knew a little about it from taking a semester of Intro to Film Making at Vanderbilt University. I bought a video camera and editing program and went to town. My dad was a good sport about filming scenes I couldn’t, like the ones with me in them. He had never before used a video camera, and at first he was cutting off heads and feet – which gave me a very creative editing job – but he’s getting quite good now.

“What is your video budget?” Film projects range from ones with high budgets to ones with low budgets. Then there are my videos…ones with “no budgets.” I always have to improvise. This involves throwing myself on people’s mercy for everything from venues to editing advise. If it weren’t for my dad donating his time as my crew member, I could never pull it off. Happy Father’s Day to one of the best dads ever!

  1. Dixie says:

    Incredible! your videos are so well done. I thought you hired a company. the fact that you do everything on them yourself is amazing!

  2. Maria says:

    When I’m down I rewatch your videos. They’re awesome & spirit boosters 😀

  3. Kate says:

    Your dedication to your work is amazing. You really know how to make what you want happen. It’s great that you have family support that is able to help you achieve your dreams. I never knew your dad was your cameraman. I just love your videos, especially “Be a Beach Duty on a Ben and Jerry’s Diet” and “Get Your Outfit and You’ll Get Your Man.” The tips are really great and entertaining, not to mention I love any excuse to go shopping in a foreign country 🙂

  4. Taylor says:

    This is such a sweet picture, and such a great story about you and your dad. I absolutely cannot believe you don’t have a crew or budget for your videos! You are truly a very fashionable and dating-savvy version of Wonder Woman! Ha! I never miss watching new videos that you post they are always so professionally done and full of great advice. I always learn something new! Keep it up, and thanks for all of your great posts, videos, and of course, your fabulous book!

  5. Louise says:

    Dads are so amazing like that! You’re so lucky to have one that will help you every step along the way

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