8.07.2018

Re:Fashion on bluprint, Episode 2: Jeans + Auditions

Re:Fashion on bluprint, Episode 2: Jeans + Auditions | oonaballoona by marcy harriell

I had an audition. A callback, to be exact. And as Murphy's Law would have it, this callback needed to happen when I was scheduled to be fully engaged elsewheres, and would have to move mountains to make it work. Usually when I get this kind of ask, it's a last-minute, NEED IT YESTERDAY "self-tape," and Rob and I are suddenly wrangling every source of light in our house into a jerry-rigged mini studio in our bedroom at the midnight hour, fifteen lamps blazing us into a sweaty mess while the camera rolls. (Sounds kinky, but we are not that professional.)

Re:Fashion on bluprint, Episode 2: Jeans + Auditions | oonaballoona by marcy harriell

This time, the day before we left for our bluprint shoot, we got the ask for a skyped callback, to be scheduled sometime during our first shoot day. ?!!! Pretty much out of the question, I told them, we'll cross our fingers and see if the lunch break jives with it.

Re:Fashion on bluprint, Episode 2: Jeans + Auditions | oonaballoona by marcy harriell

It did not. Instead, in the middle of the very first day of a very short week, the crew at bluprint stopped the shoot, set up a quiet, air-conditioned, beautifully lit corner for me, and removed themselves to the blazing outdoor heat while I skyped a callback, in which I improv-ed dialogue that should have lasted twenty seconds into twenty minutes of comedic banter. I WAS COUNTING EVERY MINUTE. I was sick that these beautiful new people had halted production for my ass! WE HAD SHIZZ TO SEW, MAN!!!!

Re:Fashion on bluprint, Episode 2: Jeans + Auditions | oonaballoona by marcy harriell

WOMP WOMP, I did not get that part (it happens), but the circumstances, being a regular life occurrence, made it into the second episode of Re:Fashion, Jeans + Tee. A segment of the show is devoted to a last minute callback 😂. Our wonderful-jump-up-and-down-I-love-him-so director was all about bringing our real life into the series, and that first day was full on art imitating life. 

Re:Fashion on bluprint, Episode 2: Jeans + Auditions | oonaballoona by marcy harriell

What's unreal about the episode is the fact that I'm wearing jeans and a tee shirt! WHO IS THAT WOMAN?!! I guess I wanted to try my hand at life imitating art? Really, what I wanted to do was give this everyday staple some twists, maybe inspire some fellow sewists into upgrading some basics, and definitely entice some civilians into breaking into what's already in their closet, busting out a needle and thread, and joining the fold! WE WANT ERRRRRRRYBODY SEWING YO!

You can see how I did what I did on episode 2 of the series. I hope it inspires you to add some awesome to your basics...

Re:Fashion launched on NBC U's bluprint last July, and for the month of August (my birthday month!) I'll be highlighting each episode with a little behind-the-seams. Now, unlike the first episode, the rest of the series isn't a freebie. If you're already a member, you can see episode 2 here, but if not, you can sign up for a 7-day free trial here and binge watch whatever you like! I would suggest you use that week to devour everything on the site, because there is A LOT OF DELICIOUS STUFF TO EAT. 

13 comments:

  1. I'm somewhat relieved to hear that self-tapes are required in the big city as well. I have no affiliation, but I bought my actor husband a rotolight interview kit to take along on out of town gigs. It works really well, and it gets used for every self tape nowadays - it's LED, so no heat!

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    1. Rotolight is now on my research list! I swear, EVERY TIME I wonder why I haven't found a better solution than dragging every lamp to the bedroom 😂

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  2. I love the jeans! Strangely perhaps, I have never embellished any of my jeans.

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    1. I used to do it all the time in high school--it was fun to revisit!

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  3. The jeans are “freaking awesome” as my 8 year-old says. I have lots of similar lace bits and have never embellished a pair of jeans, like Lynn above. Hmmmm.......love the series, Marcy!

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  4. Those jeans look fab! Know all about sudden calls and tapes, my husband has to do this all the time. Especially nasty when you are totally out of time, don't get any clue as to what kind of character they want and then get told that they wanted something else which you could have done if you had been told.... kepping fingers crossed for you!

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    1. I mean right?! Information is key, and is almost never present 😂

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  5. Loved the re-fashion especially the skull on the back of your shirt. Where did you find it?

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    1. I found a ton of great options on Etsy--and in lots of colors, too!

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  6. Not easy to figure out how to comment, but I found it. LOVED your Bluprint videos very, very much. A lot of the instructors at Craftsy put me to sleep. Your life with the "popular" ones when you were young sounds so much like mine. Thank God my grown-up life has been amazing. I hope you make a million more videos at Bluprint.

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    1. Oh sorry! I try to make the comments section here easy, but I think the machines are secretly plotting against us. I'm glad you like the videos, fingers crossed, we'll make a metric ton more!

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  7. In my entire sewing life, which is 45ish years now, I have never had the slightest inclination to shop for, search on, or even look at, guipure lace. But one mind-blowing jeans makeover from you and now I have yet another expensive textile obsession.

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i thankya truly for taking the time to comment, i love a good conversation-- and hope you know my thanks are always implied, if not always written!