Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Vote for my Oprah Winfrey Network Audition!!

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

A shot that got taken out b/c of time: kale salad, mac & cheese, and meatloaf

Michele, me, and Ellen clowning around

This was an all-day affair. I left my house at 9:30am, and got back around 6:30pm. I will never forget this day. It was so much fun. This is a two-step process: 1) The audition is to become a contestant on a reality show to 2) compete for your own show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. 

I ask everyone to hold the intentions that I am a finalist and chosen the for reality show; and that I am announced the WINNER of the competition.

Thanks and love,
Althea :-)



Terilynn said...

I voted! You looked fabulous, I totally can you as a reality star.

Pat said...

Well you have my folk, the food community needs a show like yours.

Nice to see such a clear picture of you. You look beautiful inside and out.

Althea said...

Thanks ladies. I truly appreciate you votes!


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