Filming for television is enlightening. Most of it was one young director and a camera man standing with us in the hot sun telling us where to walk. They would pick out a storefront that looked interesting, like the brightly shining arrow in the Old Navy window that reads “Time to Shop,” and we would walk outside of it. Romy would grab my arm and point, I would look up and indicate that I was interested, and we would pretend to talk to each other while we hurried through the door. They filmed us walking in, walking out, pointing, walking down the street, and hurrying out of the mall with arms full of bags. At the end of the day, and by that I mean after 7 at night, we sat in the parking lot while the crew drove around the outlet mall looking for the best place to shoot the wrap. Even that late the burning sun was still out, and since they couldn’t find a better location, we shot the wrap outside of one of the host’s cars. They asked us questions about what we thought of our shopping experience with outlet malls, and we gave honest answers while smiling broadly and probably looking uncomfortable. I admit that amongst the tiny hosts and my equally tiny friend I felt incredibly pudgy, adding to my nervousness on camera. I hope it doesn’t spoil the show to say that I really had fun at the Tulalip Outlet Mall, it was much better than I expected it to be. The episode I appear in won’t be airing until early next year, and since its primarily Canadian the only US channel that carries it is Fine Living. But whenever I find out exact air times I’ll mention it here.
It’s been easy to put the strip out of mind while so much animation work needed to get done. Animation work hasn’t come our way in awhile, and its easy to forget how much effort goes into such a quick frame of film. Hours and hours were poured into making some sunflowers wave around. And then its immediately back to late nights with the strip. But I did get some interesting news this week, I’m going to be on a TV show. Yes, this is quite remarkable, me who has never seen a single episode of reality TV will be appearing on one. A friend of mine works for a cosmetics company and has a reputation as a fashionista. Through those contacts she was invited to appear as a shopper and needs a female to tag along. Looks like that female companion will be me. Here is the show, its Canadian. We’ll be making some rounds in downtown Seattle, then heading for an outlet mall. We’ll shop and get interviewed about it afterwards. I’m looking forward to it, all well as feeling a little silly, but never let it be said that I turned down free shopping. I didn’t, and I’ll be on TV for it.
You may remember that I mentioned I have been invited to participate in a reality show on shopping. So, Romy and I went down to the Westlake Mall in downtown Seattle to get a feel for where we’ll be doing our initial filming tomorrow morning. Because we’re going to be comparing retail stores with their outlet mall equivalents, we ended up at some places I rarely frequent, like the Gap. After we meet up tomorrow, we’ll have an hour at Westlake before we move on to the Tulalip Outlets, camera crew in tow. I admit I’m getting a little nervous, mainly about looking decent on camera and not saying anything stupid. I know this is a small show for Canadian Broadcasting, but I still don’t want it to play like an episode of “The Simple Life,” with my “Nicole” to Romy’s “Paris Hilton”. Stay tuned for Monday to hear how it all turns out.