Last August, I shot a video for Platinum Guild International about platinum jewelry, and the video recently went up on PGI’s site.
Before I get to the video, some background: In the 1990s, I worked at CNN business news as a producer. In that role, I occasionally had to shoot those scene-setting B-roll moments that provide extra visuals for interviews — the stock analyst striding purposefully down the hallway, or the serious-faced bond trader picking up the phone for a fake call. I would think, “I feel awkward just watching this. Thank goodness I don’t have to do it myself.” Needless to say, I never sought a tryout as an on-air reporter.
Well, a lot has changed for me since the ’90s, but not my discomfort with being in front of a camera. Click the screenshot of me striking my one pose next to the West Side Highway to enjoy, among other things, the sight of me walking along said highway, looking totally natural and not self-conscious at all.
No shade being thrown at PGI’s crew here! They were gracious and professional and did everything they could to make me seem normal. I also appreciate PGI for choosing me for an interview because I love talking about the way I use platinum.
My feelings about being filmed have been on my mind lately because my right-hand woman Eryn and I spent a day shooting video for my new YouTube channel. It was one Cindy Brady stage-fright moment after another for me.
Eryn encouraged me with comments like, “I can edit this” and “You’ll get more comfortable with practice.” Hmm. Let’s hope she’s right! I do have fashion-related topics to talk about that are best shared on video, so I’ll try to power through. We’ll start posting the videos next week: Subscribe to see jewelry, vintage clothes, and my excellent impression of a deer in the headlines. Maybe I’ll even have the West Side Highway make a cameo appearance, for old times’ sake.