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!