Again let me tell you how quick I was to turn this job down because of fear, but God in his graciousness kept the door still open for me. Read more about it here.
Commercial shoots can be really stressful. Often there are a number of advertisement executives, clients, photographers and of course the model that you have to please. That’s a whole lotta people judging your work. But the plus side is…you get to see your work on a bigger scale and work with some oh-so-talented-people.
Last weekend I got the chance to do hair and makeup on 2008 Olympic individual all-around champion gymnast Nastia Liukin, 1984 Gold medalist Tim Daggett, and U.S. Olympian Gymnast John Roethlisberger, and NBC sports commentator Al Trautwig for the live Nastia Liukin Cup (aired LIVE Friday on NBC Sports) and the AT&T American Cup International (aired LIVE Saturday on NBC.) This was LIVE TV!
Basically my job consisted of providing hair and makeup that looked TV worthy. Immediately I was given a backstage pass that allowed me access on to the gymnastics floor. They wanted me to make sure the commentators were all set between takes so I was put next to them on the floor (they did give me a chair to sit on, not literally on the floor
At one point, I walked onto the actual gymnastics floor to re-touch a reporter that was giving a live action shot from the floor. Sweet! I was surrounded by all the male and female professional gymnasts. Talk about being in the thick of things.
I had a blast watching these competitions. I never have really watched professional gymnastics before and let me tell you that these guys and gals are pure athletes. The strength and coordination they have to have to be in this sport blows me away.
I praised God the entire time I was there on location because it was His hand that guided me here. I was so quick to say No to something I have prayed so long for because of fear and insecurities. I am so very thankful that God sees me and loves me enough to give me the desires of my heart. He sees those desires that are wrapped in a blanket of short-coming beliefs about myself, and gently shows me the Truth about who I am. He never forces but softly reminds me of who He created me to be. I’m so thankful that God gives me second, third and sometimes even fourth chances to pursue dreams that seem to reach the clouds (and God’s listening ears.)
They haven’t uploaded the entire broadcast yet to Youtube, but when they do I will provide a link.