Me taking a break from filming
Here's my suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuper exciting news: The Oprah Winfrey Network has an open call for people who want to compete for their own show on her network. Yours truly shot her audition yesterday!
The link is here:
The video is property of Oprah Winfrey Network now, so you have to go there to vote for me!
This is my dream job. I see myself as a teacher first, above everything else. The chance to teach people on television how to make tasty gluten-free, vegan, and YES, raw vegan food is my ultimate dream. Imagine having someone on television making green smoothies and juices!
This project began at my house with making all the food. My friends Vaneta and Tahisha came over and cut and peeled, and diced 6 bags of apples. They kept me sane while I made meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, kale salad, potato salad, and chocolate chip cookies. I also made a cooked apple crisp that was not shown on film.
I am "The Gluten-Free Vegan" who chose to show of southern comfort food, but I demonstrated a raw vegan apple crisp, as well as a nut-free vegan alternative.
Kyle and Me going over the script
A 3-minute video took weeks of planning and preparation. I could not have done this alone. My director was Kyle Watson, a multi-talented creative young man. I also had my friends Eleanor, Ellen, David, Amaadi, Laura, Sue, and Lori Purdue, who owns Mystickal Voyage. She graciously allowed us to film there on the one day the store is closed.
Me making the marinade for the apple crisp
It took three and a half HOURS to film 14 minutes of footage. The script was 7:57 minutes long. Kyle had to make executive decisions to get it down to approximately three minutes (which is the rule for length).
Kyle setting up the table shot at the end
What you don't see is the lightblocker (Sue), the person keeping me sane (Michele), the voice of calm (Ellen), the stylist (Eleanor), the pep talkers (Amaadi and David), the cleaner-uppers (everyone), and the person who kept us all grounded (Lori).
You also don't see my husband (Rom), who took off from work to stay home with our boys so I could film this audition. Lots of people. Lots of love!
Kyle and Michelle directing and holding cue cards