Quite a long time ago, I did a review through Mom Central for Bausch+ Lomb Soflens Daily Disposable contact Lens for my daughter. She LOVED the lenses. It was the greatest opportunity of her 7th grade year.
Last month we were sent an offer to do a commercial for the organization.
Monday, the PR rep and a camerman arrived at my house and set up. It was completely exciting.
The first part of the interview was with me. It was boring - not that they were boring, but that I'M boring - although in my frustration at my brain's inability to retain the words Bausch + Lomb Soflens Daily Disposable Contact Lenses I let fly the "F" wrod.
Not that I'm proud of that. It just happened. One of those things.
After I was interviewed, it was Mackenzie's turn.
She looks at the same time very small and very grown up there. If that makes any sense at all.
She was asked lots of questions. How hard was it to get your mom to let you wear contact lenses? What brand of lenses do you wear? (This is where she struggled as well - it's TOUGH to remember the official name! Especially when the lights are on you!) Do your friends wear contact lenses? Did the contact lenses change your ability to participate in sports?
And so on.
They took "B" reel (If you need an explanation of what B reel is, the cameraman shared a HYSTERICAL video that talked about B reel, which was especially relevant being that we were DOING B reel) of us looking at her scrapbook, looking at pictures in frames of her when she had glasses on, and so on.
They took her into the bathroom and took video of her brushing her hair, putting the contacts in, taking them out, throwing them away, and brushing her teeth.
I, uh, didn't know that the cameraman was going to stand IN my tub. The one area of the house that I didn't clean. Whoops. I guess everyone needs a little humility now and then, eh?
They took video of her sitting at the table doing homework. Which is really funny because she has no homework and so we pulled her old math book out and she basically copied down a bunch of problems. Then they took more "B" reel of her explaining how to do the work to me, and I was to point out different problems.
The she went outside. She played soccer for about 15 minutes with her friends and her brother and became totally winded.
And THEN, she went out in the front and ran up and down the street about a zillion and one times. Towards the camera, away from the camera, repeat. It was about 95 degrees yesterday and the humidity was equally high. It was tiring work.
We were finished and she was tired. Then they watched the footage, and her interview was really stilted and forced, and she said a lot of "um's" and so, it was decided to redo her footage.
She was red and sweaty and had to change back into her dressier clothes, and look as if she was calm and cool and collected. It was a sizeable task.
But she did it. It was funny, though, because the B+L rep read her the questions and she didn't do any better. So they asked her friend to read her the questions - and that became a giggly, silly mess. So, finally, the cameraman read the questions to her.
And we were finished. 8:45- about 1:30.
I'm not quite sure when the commercial will appear. It's going to be, as far as I understand, similar in format to an infomercial. They will splice all of the shots together with interview portions with an optometrist and as soon as it's done, they will send it to me.
And I'll let you know. But I'm not watching it, because when I hear my voice on video - I want to vomit.