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Don’t Drink the Kool Aid, a Photo


Andy Batt just posted some of the “extra special” shots from the Best Buy shoot. This is my favorite. I call it Don’t Drink the Kool Aid. Note: these are for his personal portfolio and have nothing to do with Best Buy.

That will teach you to come to one of my parties! Ha!

You can see the rest of the photos on Andy’s website. Just scroll down to the bottom where it says “Modern Fairy Tale?”

http://andybatt.com/


This is what my left foot was doing this morning. Shooting for the
Not Dead Yet movie poster.

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Harried Mom Coming Soon to Bus Stops and Billboards Near You

Originally posted on MySpace on February 6, 2009.

I recently booked a print ad for an organization called NARAL (Pro-Choice America), and I donated my time this afternoon to shoot for them. The ad campaign is for the Plan B (morning after) birth control pill. My role: Harried mom with two kids, who is hoping she is not pregnant yet AGAIN.

Production called me over the weekend to talk to me about wardrobe, call times, etc. The stylist (Paola) says, “You’re a mom, so bring mom clothes.” In my brain I’m thinking, oh please let me not be stuck in a pair of khakis and a baby blue sweater set in this ad.

“Paola,” I said. “Can I be a cool mom? Do I have to wear khakis and a sweater set?”

“Of course you’re a cool mom!” she said. Music to my ears.

So I showed up today wearing my True Religion jeans, a bling bling belt, and some layered shirts I got from another shoot. And I wore high heels! Shush, you did not! All moms wear ugly flats don’t they? Not this mom.

The first words out of Paola’s mouth were, “Love the jeans. Love the little tank and the belt. Lets change the sweater.” Sweet!

She actually put eyeliner, eye shadow and mascara on me, and a real shade of lipstick, and my hair was NOT in a ponytail. Wow. A mom who actually looked put together.

All shots were side profile, so I had to suck my stomach in flat for two hours straight (not an easy feat after having had three children!). I saw the ad concept, and I think it’s pretty cool. There will be words that form an outline of a pregnant belly on me, and the words will say, “Is now really a good time?” or something like that.

My job today: suck my stomach in and give a look like, oh please I hope I’m not pregnant again.

The ads will be on buses, bus stops, billboards, and various other spots around the Northwest. I don’t think it’s a national campaign. I should have pictures in a couple of weeks, and will post them when I get them.

Oh, and one more piece of good news… my agent called the minute I walked in the door tonight and said, “T-Mobile wants you for a print ad on Tuesday. Are you available?” Uh, yeah. Of course I’m available! T-Mobile! Are you kidding YES!

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Let’s Try that Foot Fetish Blog Again

Originally published on MySpace on November 13, 2008.

A few months ago my left foot had an audition. I got a pedicure, went into my agent’s office, and met a photographer who was looking for the perfect foot for a movie poster for the film “Not Dead Yet.”

There was one other woman there at the same time so I was able to see some of my competition. I actually thought her feet were much more aesthetically pleasing than mine, but she had one problem: a wonky toe on her left foot. The right foot was perfect, but she had one slightly crooked toe on her left foot, and this was a left-foot job.

She didn’t get the job. I did, well, my left foot did.

A few days later I found myself in the photographer’s loft in the Pearl District, with my foot pressed into a real patch of sod (basically a big sheet of real live grass). There was a pot (as in potted plant) of daisies, and the photographer and creative producer picked through the bunch to find the perfect daisy to put between my toes.

I’m not sure when this movie will be released, but when you’re standing in the theater lobby with your friends you can say, “I know that foot.”


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Don’t Drink the Kool Aid, a Photo


Andy Batt just posted some of the “extra special” shots from the Best Buy shoot. This is my favorite. I call it Don’t Drink the Kool Aid. Note: these are for his personal portfolio and have nothing to do with Best Buy.

That will teach you to come to one of my parties! Ha!

You can see the rest of the photos on Andy’s website. Just scroll down to the bottom where it says “Modern Fairy Tale?”

http://andybatt.com/


This is what my left foot was doing this morning. Shooting for the
Not Dead Yet movie poster.

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What Actors and Models Really Say…

Let me let you in a little secret… when actors and models get bored they said the darnedest things to keep the energy up.

I spent an hour yesterday sitting in a hot car with my Best Buy daughter Emma, dressed in a sweater, because it was supposed to be Fall. Never mind that it was 82 degrees outside. We were supposed to be looking at a map because we were lost. I was “confused” and she was “frustrated” because she was going to be late for a slumber party.

Remember, these are still shots, so we can say whatever we want, as long as the facial expressions are correct.

So, after arguing over the map for 30 minutes, I looked at Emma and said, “That’s it. You’re getting a timeout when we get home,” and then the banter went back and forth like this:

Emma: “I’m 12. I don’t get timeouts anymore.”

Me: “Fine, then I’m sending you to military school.”

Emma: “You have a lousy sense of direction. You couldn’t find military school if you tried!”

Me: “Try me missy!”

This went on for a few minutes, while the photographer had a laugh, took some pictures, and then said, “Okay. Can we get back to being cooperative again?”

There was a scene with Dad and me in the laundry room today, and it was supposed to be the morning after a cocktail party we had. We were folding laundry for 75 frames or so, having some nice banter, smiling, etc. Then I looked out the window and said, “Who’s that sleeping on the lawn?” to which he replied, “Your mother. The lush!” and it went on from there. The only person in the laundry room with us was the photographer, but all of production could hear us laughing on the other side of the door.

When we came out to look at the shots on the monitor, there were 100 or so normal frames, and then one last frame of me “loving” my new washer and dryer (see the comment from Nicola on my page). When something gets monotonous, you just have to get silly.

At the very end of the day I was leaning over the counter, face-down in the laundry, and that was the last shot. Just for fun of course. Not for the ads.

This is my Best Buy hubby David Williams.

I was wearing that hoody between scenes because it was cold. Not part of my wardrobe.

Tomorrow morning, call time 8am, cocktail party scene!

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Best Buy Day-2: Behind the Scenes

Yesterday was Day-1 of my fantastic adventure on the Best Buy photo shoot. This is far and away the coolest print ad shoot I’ve ever been on. The “set” is a beautiful house on some acreage not far from where I live. Production has rented the house from the occupants for the entire length of the shoot. They also shot the commercial portion there a few weeks back.

When production rents a house they basically have carte blanche to change things as long as they change them back. So far, they have put down temporary flooring in the laundry room, because they needed to change the look. They painted one of the bedrooms upstairs (it was lavender, it’s now yellow). They have changed out furniture, and re-hung art. The house is full of wardrobe racks, talent and crew. If I were the owner I’d want to be totally out of town. Don’t show me my house until you’ve put it back the way it was!

I love my stylist Casey Boyd (www.caseyboyd.net). The woman knows how to shop! I have an entire rack of great outfits and accessories for the week. Kudos to her assistant Faith as well, who has a way with safety pins.

These are my clothes for the week.


The makeup artist and hair stylist on the shoot is Nicola Corl, who actually used to be my hairdresser! She knows me and my hair very well, and she is one of the best in the business. She has done hair and makeup for photo shoots all over the world, and I am so lucky to have her helping me look great this week.

Here’s a view from the makeup area to the wardrobe racks.


The photographer is Andy Batt (http://www.andybatt.com/). We actually shot some funny stuff yesterday just for his own portfolio. He gave me a giant pair of scissors and a men’s baseball shirt, and did some angry housewife shots in the laundry room. My motivation: I just found lipstick on the collar of my husband’s shirt! Can’t wait to see those pictures!

We’re shooting against a white screen in a studio on Friday. I think it’s for those in-store cardboard cutouts. I just can’t even imagine walking into a Best Buy store and seeing myself as a cardboard cutout. How weird would that be!

More later… gotta get ready for Day-2.

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