A few weeks ago, my friend sent me a text which went like this:
“Would you consider being in a video about plus size bloggers? Or rather, could we make a video about you and your life as a fashion blogger?”
To put some context around it, my friend works for the BBC in the Video Features / On Demand Planning division of the BBC news department. This the area which makes those short video clips you see on the BBC new online magazine.
My initial reaction was HELL NO! I had been filmed for Plus London and I ended up featuring in Hello Magazine and I hated how I sounded. Like Croc from Grotbags, lisping away and my HANDS! I wanted to chop them off. But after mulling it over (and offering to find more interesting subjects to film than me!) I said “ok then”.
So then commenced a million phone calls, emails and text between me, my friend and the video journalist (VJ), Susannah, until we eventually decided on a theme, a place and a time.
I took a day off work for Susannah to come and interview me at home plus she also followed me to a couple of events I had on. The day of filming was a very long and repetitive one – I am not the most patient of people – so having to repeat myself a number of times to get the right shot was tedious and towards the end I was getting a bit tetchy! Being filmed at the events was more fun – as there was less focus on me due to other people being around. I also coerced a few people (thanks Katie, Amanda and Lauren!) into being filmed as well. Plus Anna Scholz was happy to chat to Susannah as well – which is great!
Anyway – all that hard work paid off and here is the piece!
I must say all the credit must go to Susannah’s amazing editing skills and Sarah (my lovely friend) for having the brain wave in the first place. I am merely the means to the end.
As a sum up – I probably wouldn’t do it again- I didn’t hate it but it definitely helped reaffirm that I have no wish for fame and glory! However, it was a wonderful experience and a story I can bore my friends with to replace my usual “when I was in Japan…”. Now it’ll be “when I was filmed by the BBC”…