The Making of a Music Video

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Do you ever get a crazy awesome idea?  I do.  I get them all the time.  I think that is part of being creatively inclined.  As I have gotten older, I have decided to act more on the crazy awesome idea thing.  I mean, why not?  As I have been getting out of my comfort zone and sharing more with all of you about some of my personal journeys , I have been getting more and more of these ideas.  Crazy ideas.  Like, I just completed a project that will actually show you all how painfully extroverted I am.  Any other extroverts out there?  Try running a completely non disclosure business for nearly 21 years, as an extrovert and come back to me later on that one.  

But the past few weeks, I have been telling myself over and over again, “I can not believe I am doing this! This is literally nuts.”  I mean I am really putting myself out there, but at the same time, I am totally comfortable doing this.  It was no different than getting into character to read a story to my daughter at night.  Well, maybe a little different knowing that thousands, if not millions could potentially see this creative work. Totally, surreally, comfortable.

So how did this all begin?  Let me first start by saying that this idea took about a month to manifest.  It all began because I was brainstorming ideas for how I wanted to share a lighter subject, or something even a little funny to celebrate with all of you that are working so hard on facial relation and body image health.  We were just wrapping up the series on Facial Relation, and I wanted to come up with something that would be fun.  Then the brainstorming began.  Nothing……absolutely nothing, which is uncommon for me.  

A few days later, I was making an after school snack for my daughter and the idea started infiltrating my mind. Then the series of crazy awesome ideas start to flow.  Here is a brief synopsis of my thought pattern over the course of the month!

Thought 1 - I have lyrics STUCK in my head….. and I mean no matter how hard I try, I can not get them out of my head.  Singing “Baby Shark” couldn’t touch it. Vanilla Ice did nothing to resolve it.  STUCK.   I start typing the lyrics out in my trusty laptop. Then I realized that I have an actual song.  Within about 10 minutes, I had most of it typed out. 

Then I get a hold of a friend who knows so much more about the talent side of the industry than I do.  I have always been behind the scenes, and am very specialized in what I do, but I have never been in the “talent” seat of the vehicle for a music production.  The conversation went a little something like this:

Me-  “Dude, I have lyrics stuck in my head….I started typing them out, I am thinking about doing a video.

Friend-  “Dooooooooo it!”

Me- Wide Eyed in Shock Emoji 

Friend- “Dooooooooo it”

Me-  I’m going to make a video?

Friend- Silence


Yes, that was totally paraphrased.

Thought 2 - I call my hairstylist. I let her know what I am thinking, and she is like, “YEEEEEESSSSSSSSS”!!!! Finding a good hairstylist is pretty easy, but finding an incredible one can be somewhat challenging. I have had hair issues my whole life, as I am sure many of you have had, but she always has a solution. In 11+ years of seeing Abby, even when I traveled for big shows, I can honestly say that I have never hair-cheated on her. If you are local to the Indianapolis Area, and are looking for a totally awesome stylist —-See her, or any of the other ladies in this video. Megan Neimeyer and Kaitlyn Marquell are top notch and first class stylists as well.

Thought 3 -  I am going to sing in a closet. Like, some guys closet that I have never met.  I am quite comfortable being in closets.  I spend about 25% of my time with clients in their actual closets…..more than 3500 in the past 21 years.  How apropos, right?  But this is a different kind of closet/sound booth/I really don’t know what it is called closet.   There are no clothes in this closet…..None, except the ones that I am wearing.  I am singing my heart out into a microphone, in a small closet, in someone’s home that I just met through text, and only know through a friend.  Yet, I totally trust him.  Crazy thoughts right.  

Thought 4 - I actually feel at home singing.  No shock there, but my voice is not nearly as terrible as I thought it would be, and at the same time its not as good as I dreamed it would be.  Maybe I will invest in lessons in the future?  Maybe not.  We will have to see how often these ideas pop up.

Thought 5 - Wow!  I got that recording back super quick.  I want EVERYONE to hear it.  It is soooooooo good.  I just went from being a steering wheel for a microphone singer, to National Anthem status in my own mind.  Like, yes I won’t have a paid career singing into a microphone in some dude’s closet….but there is a chance I will be doing this again.  Like, yeah, I am definitely going to do this again sometime.

Thought 6 - I have all of the scenes on lock down…. But the videographer made it even better!  I learned so much in just a few minutes with her.  This is going to be so much fun.  I must assemble allllllll the ladies, let’s do this!  

Thought 7 -  I have some really amazing friends that loved the idea and kept me going till it was the day we were taping the video.  What a hoot!  If you find that you have friends that tear down your crazy awesome ideas, perhaps it is time to reassess that friendship.  I found out how much of a total pep squad I truly have and am truly grateful for the community of people around me.

Thought 8 -  It’s go time.  I have no idea how we crammed so much fun into a couple of hours of shooting, but we did.  We all learned a lot about each other.  Like, I should be able to dance better than I do.  I now have so much more appreciation for all of my clients who are on stages all over this great world performing and look amazing.  There has to be so much time, and so much dedication that I can not even comprehend that went into their performing nature before I ever had the chance to meet them. I also learned more about my friends and how they see the whole salon experience. I got to see a full range of Abby’s theatrical side, which was awesome. If she doesn’t have “annoyed eye roll” and “total hair shock” down, I don’t know how she could improve! I had no idea that Kaitlyn was such a creative thinker, and a natural born performer. Speaking of dance moves, Megan has mad dancing skills and I didn’t know how passionate Megan was about getting into character. It surely felt like we were all performing on a stage, and it felt pretty awesome… 

Thought 9 -  “Just push the Publish Button Brandie…. Just Push Publish.”  I think that was the hardest part.  I am still not used to being on the front side of what could possibly be a viral video….  I mean this has been a creative work of my heart that is just going out there into the world…..just as soon as I Push Publish. My friend Ryan helped me actually upload the video…. Like I said I am new to this. Just Press Publish.

I am so thankful for all of my friends, family, and clients that went along on this journey with me over the past month. It has been so hard to keep it all under wraps! I hope that it has brought you some joy. Even though we all go through struggles and hardships with how feel about ourselves, being able to find joy is paramount.

If you haven’t seen the video just yet, here is a link!

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