Hi Girlfriend! Did you see me in the Biz Stain Fighter ad today?
I’m Debba Haupert, creator of Girlfriendology and passionate blogger about female friendship. I was thrilled to be selected by Biz to represent the girlfriend’s point of view regarding their new Biz Blast Packs (which I had to say a hundred times on the day we taped the commercial and shot the photo for today’s coupon insert – in 57 million newspapers!). Check out their Biz coupon too!
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Here’s a little girlfriend sneak-peak into the fun, funny world of making a commercial. I arrived just before my ‘call time’ of 8:30am. They had a wonderful hair/make-up artist who even air-brushed my make-up on me. She added false eyelashes – which made me feel very glam!
I brought several outfits so the director could pick the best one for look they wanted. (I think the light color they selected for my shirt was a great way to spotlight the real star of the commercial – the Biz detergent and Blast Packs.) I had a manicure the day before and had studied my lines so I was all set to go on the set (shown below).
Surprisingly, there were around 20 people involved in the commercial and photo shoot. From the camera guys to the sound director, the set manager and director, to a photographer to shoot the print ad and just me on camera throughout the day, to various representatives from the PR agency who pitched me to the clients – and the clients. It was pretty intimidating being the focus of everyone’s attention! (And having 20 sets of eyes on me every time I messed up!)
In a former life, I used to do TV (Carol Duvall Show/HGTV, QVC – that was a scream!, PBS, etc.) and videos so I was pretty comfortable in front of the camera but usually I have not had an exact script so I accepted the offer to use the teleprompter. As you can see in the photo of the laptop below, it even reminded me of my own name! It really helped because we had two versions of the script and they had some edits during the day.
Every way you could say the script, I said it! Slow, fast, enunciating different words and with different mannerisms. It was pretty funny actually. I didn’t know you could say a short script that many ways and times! (Actually the one they selected kinda sounds very low and serious – and one of my friends said ‘sexy’? Whatever sells detergent, I guess!)
The casting director was smart in having me change shirts before lunch so I wouldn’t risk dropping food on my ‘wardrobe.’ After lunch we shot the print ad which meant a couple hundred ways of smiling, holding the Blast Packs at different angles and every combination of those.
Fortunately for me, the crew and clients were all extremely nice and made me feel very comfortable and appreciated. We had a really fun day.
And now I get to have a fun day being sent out in 57 million newspaper and seeing who of my friends and contacts will see me! (-:
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