Friday, August 20, 2010

A Day In The Life

Sorry I've been a little MIA this week but my schedule has been pretty killer. All good stuff, but sometimes your body just needs to rest, and that's exactly what I did yesterday. I was in bed all day! The reason...Take a look at Wednesday's schedule.

3:30 am  Alarm goes off. Time to wake up. (are you serious?!) Hit snooze.
3:39 am  Alarm goes off again. Don't want to get out of bed, but know if I don't, I'll be late. Turn alarm off and hit the shower.
4:30 am  Need caffeine! Pour 1st Diet Pepsi of the day (into my Venti Starbucks cold cup)
4:45 am  Pack up the car. Makeup, check. Hair stuff, check. Sweatshirt and Ugg boots for when it gets cold later, check.
4:50 am  Top off Diet Pepsi for the drive.
4:55 am  Driving to the 1st location, in the dark.
5:30 am  Loving the drive to work. There's zero traffic! A rarity in LA.
6:00 am  The sun is beginning to rise. So pretty!
6:15 am  Arrive at location #1 in Agoura Hills.
6:30 am  Get hair and makeup station set up.
6:45 am  Grab Breakfast.
6:50 am  All Star Weekend arrives early for video shoot.
7:00 am  Start hair and makeup.
8:00 am  Hair and makeup done, and ready for first shot of the day.
9:00 am  Realize that I never ate my breakfast. Pouring 2nd Diet Coke of the day. (had to switch to diet coke because there's no diet pepsi on set. bummer!)
9:30 am  Director wants me to take a peek at the extras to make sure they look good. Some of them need tweaking. I'm so glad I brought an assistant today!
11:15 am  Pretty much on schedule. The shots are moving quickly, and everything is looking great.
11:20 am  When is lunch? I'm starving and Craft Service (a glorified term for on-set snack bar) is pretty sad. Not to mention that bees are swarming all over everything. Gross!
12:30 pm  It just got seriously hot! I'm talking at least 10 degrees or more, and we're outside in the Valley with estimated temps in the 100 range!
12:35 pm  Quick touch up of the guys, for last shot before lunch.
1:00 pm  Break for lunch. They're serving up Mexican food, and it's so yummy! I think on a normal day I'd think it was just ok, but I'm starving, so it's the best fajitas ever! On to Diet Coke #3.
2:00 pm  Company move, which is production speak for everything and everyone moves to another location.
2:05 pm  My car is SO hot! I can't get my a/c working fast enough. I feel disgusting. I'm sweaty, and feel dirty from being in the canyon on dirt roads. I want a shower! Glad we're heading to the beach where it will be cooler.
2:10 pm  Drive to location #2. Beautiful drive through the canyon and up PCH. Gorgeous day!
3:00 pm  Stop at Neptune's Net for Diet Coke #4. Don't judge.
3:15 pm  Arrive at location #2. Ahhhh....the beach!
3:30 pm  Touch up all of the guys.
4:45 pm  I spot a seal in the water and point it out to Michael. He insists that it's a ball, and then I see the seal's head turn. Michael still thinks it's a ball, until the seal swims away showing full body. Awww..This is Michael.
 5:30 pm  The guys having a little fun while waiting for the cameras and lighting to get set up for the next shot.
  6:45 pm  Setting the scene for the beach party to happen after the sun goes down.
7-7:30pm  Getting the money shot of Zach next to a vintage Chevelle, with sun setting in the background. Classic California.
 Here's my perspective, watching from the monitor.
7:35 pm  Beautiful! This is what I get to see at work. :)
8:00 pm  It's getting dark, and cold! Time to put on my sweatshirt and Uggs!
8:15 pm  Craft Service ran out of Diet Coke!!! I'm going to die!
9:00 pm   Pizza arrives. Everyone is starving because there's nothing to snack on. Worst Craft Service ever!
9:30 pm  Realize that I've been standing at least 13 of the 15 hours I've been working! Starting to feel really tired and my back is killing me!
10:30 pm  2 shots left. I'm tired, and the guys are exhausted!
11:00 pm  MARTINI SHOT! (aka last shot of the day)
11:30 pm  That's a wrap! Yay!
11:35 pm  Hugs and kisses to everyone as we say our goodbyes.
11:45 pm  The worst part of my day...packing up.
12:00 pm  Drive home. I can barely hold my eyes open and really should not be driving.
1:15 am  Home sweet home. Feel like I've been hit by a truck! My body hurts as I get out of the car.
1:25 am  Can't get into bed feeling this dirty. Quick shower.
1:45 am  Ahhh....bed!!!

Yesterday: Bed all day.

Today: I feel human again.

I'll be catching up on all of my blog reading this weekend, and getting back to regular posting next week. I can't wait to hear what you've all been up to!

Have a great weekend!


  1. Oh your wake up time hurts me, Bren! But other than that and it being a LONG day, it sounds fun :)

  2. omg you totally should have called this the diet pepsi chronicles. BAHAHAHAHAHA

    this is freaking awesome. i was starting to wonder if you ran off w/justin bieber this week!! (jelly since he's my new musical icon and i am totally terrified of myself and need your guidance tout de suite before the ship goes down)

    you are totally a wildlife spotter now. haha michael! suck it!!

    i hope you have the most relaxing weekend of your life lady. no getting out of bed before noon.


  3. WOW!! What a day - I'm not sure if I could have done it. Hope you enjoy your weekend and catch up on some sleep!


  4. You are such a busy bee, dear. And of course I'm crazy-jealous of your day with my favorite boys, haha. I hope that you take some serious time this weekend for yourself!
    xo Josie

  5. I'm exhausted just reading about ur day but I have to say it is a eye opener for when I feel I've had a busy day. I can just say, it was tough but it wasn't like Bren's day,whew! I feel so bad for u but I know u love it but it does sound crazy sometimes. Sorry u had to deal with the diet cokes all day but at least u had something to keep u going. U r my super woman, I've been slacking big time and u still find time to blog, bad Nivek. : ) I will blog again soon. Get some rest, and hope to talk to u soon.

  6. Wow - talk about a long day! There's a good chance that I would have been drinking far more caffeine than you did - I'm impressed with you!

  7. Wow almost 24 hours!! I've been there. It's so painful, but in the end I wouldn't want to be doing anything else :)
    The hurry up and wait is torture w/o good craft services though! That sucks!
    And I going to have to check you into Diet Coke rehab??? LOL ;)

  8. oh bren what a long and exhausting day! no wonder you stayed in bed the entire next day... i would have too! And totally wasn't judging on the diet pepsi's - i would have needed the same amount of coffees / or tea. ;)

  9. It's so interesting to see someone else's perspecitve on a video shoot. I'm either wrangling artists to be on time and doing what they're supposed to or just observing and recording it to write and compile back stage press for cd releases. I live on caffeine these days too. Sugar Free Redbull and Diet Dr. Pepper.

    Ramblings of a Small Town Girl

  10. Wow, what a day!!! It sounds fun, but so very exhausting!!

  11. Bren, I'm exhausted just reading this! How do you do it?? And without coffee?? Thank goodness for diet pepsi. As I wrote in my last comment, you need a serious vacation! Your work sounds amazing though.