Is it really September? I can’t believe that this year is almost over. 2018 has been a year filled with tons of surprises. One of those was having the opportunity to star in a commercial for the 2018 Fall Bearpaw campaign!
Earlier this year I was selected as a 2018 Bearpaw Ambassador and it’s been so much fun representing the brand and introducing my followers to all of Bearpaw’s incredible shoes. I’m already dying to break out some of my boots this Fall but the weather in Dallas isn’t cooperating!
Back in March, I flew to Raleigh, NC to shoot for the Fall 2018 commercial. I was super nervous the day of my flight. Although, I’m used to taking pictures for my blog, I was really nervous about filming. I’d never done anything of this magnitude and I had this huge fear that I’d make the director unhappy and mess everything up.
As soon as I landed all of my fears were alleviated. I met up with my fellow Bearpaw ambassador and blogging buddy Candy from Travel Pockets at the airport and we took an Uber over to the airport.
After a short ride, we headed over to the Durham Hotel. If you’re ever in Durham I highly recommend it! It was super cute and right in the center of Downtown. Candy and I checked into our rooms and then decided to explore the area before meeting up with the crew for dinner.
Later that night we met up with some of the Bearpaw team and crew and headed out to dinner. Everyone was so sweet and friendly! I even got to meet Lauren, who’s another Bearpaw ambassador that filmed a commercial. It was so much fun finally being able to meet everyone in person after countless emails. We had a ball at Pomperi Pizza and the pizzas and beer were delicious! I decided to go to bed early since I had a 7am call time.
The Day of the Shoot
One of my biggest fears happened on the morning of the shoot. Make that two of my biggest fears. I didn’t hear my alarm go off and I woke up with a huge zit! I scrambled to get myself together and rushed to make my call time. Once I arrived it was time to immediately start hair, makeup, and time to get dressed for my first scene. I immediately fell in love with the selection of outfits and I felt stylish yet comfortable.
The stylist of the shoot Venita, was super sweet and it was so cool to see all the components that go into styling. I also got to meet my commercial bestie Shiara who’d be starring in some of the scenes with me.
After hair and makeup we headed to our first shooting location. Once we got to the location, there were touch ups to my hair and makeup, an outfit change, and then it was time to film. I vividly remember taking direction from the director and the magnitude of the moment set in. I couldn’t believe that I was actually starring in a commercial! Everything felt so surreal and I felt so humbled and thankful that I had this opportunity.
It was awesome being able to see all the components and work it takes to shoot a commercial. I had no idea the amount of detail that goes into every take and making sure that the product and movement of the model is perfect. With every take I tried my best to listen to the director and crew to ensure we got the best shot. I was so scared that I was going to spill my coffee when we were filming the scene below!
The rest of the shoot was a whirlwind. Shooting with Bearpaw was so much fun, exciting, and a total adrenaline rush. One of my favorite scenes was shooting this restaurant scene with Shiara. I was totally in my element taking food photos! Plus these boots with the fur toppers are so, so, cute!
I shot at a total of 3 locations and at the end of day I even did a voiceover! After finishing the voiceover, it was time for me to speed off to the airport to catch my flight home. As soon as I sat down in my seat tears started to flow. The guy sitting next to me looked over at me like I was crazy, but I could no longer hold in my emotion.
Reality had finally sat in that I had finished shooting a TV commercial for one of my dream brands. I felt so relieved that everything worked out great and even more thankful for such an incredible day and opportunity. There’s no better feeling than seeing your dreams come true and hard work pay off.
I am so grateful to the Bearpaw team and shooting this commercial was seriously was one of the coolest experiences of my entire life. Have you watched the commercial? If not, check it out here!