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Our episode of Going RV Premiers today!
Eek, I’m freaking out.
Ever since I was young, I’ve always wanted to be an actress.
Well, kind of. I never auditioned for a play and in elementary school when everyone in your whole grade has to put on a play together, I always asked to be a stagehand or do set design instead of ever standing on the actual stage. And I never planned on taking acting classes or moving to LA or anything like that. So basically I just wanted to be famous and walk a red carpet and have everyone like me and talk about how beautiful I am all the time. Of course, now the internet exists and I realize no one actually seems to have nice things to say about anyone, but I digress.
A couple months back when Heath and I picked up our Winnebago Brave from the dealer, a woman in her fifties who worked in the dealership office smiled at me and got my attention. I walked over to her, half expecting her to ask me if I was lost and looking for my mommy (that has happened twice in the past year, in case you were wondering. I look like a 12-year-old).
Instead, she leaned closer to me and whispered, “Are you an actress?”
I burst out laughing. Not in an obnoxious way or anything. I was just so flattered and caught off guard that I couldn’t stop laughing (and beaming with pride that I could even be mistaken for an actress).
“No, I’m not,” I said with a smile. “I’m a producer actually.” I took a mental note to wear make up in public more often. Clearly, the response was phenomenal.
Her smile faded and I could see a hint of disappoint in her face, as if she’d been working this job for years waiting for someone famous to walk in and buy an RV and I had just crushed her hopes and dreams.
“Oh, I see. I was just wondering.”
Dang. I should’ve came up with a better title for myself than producer. It was just the first word that popped into my head. Maybe I should’ve added the word executive to spiff it up. Filmmaker didn’t sound successful enough so I stopped using that one a while back. Director! That’s my title for Hourly America. I should’ve told her I was a director, and that I was more than old enough to buy my own RV without my parents help. (Okay, Heath’s parents were there, but that’s totally different, right?)
When I walked away from our brief conversation, still giggling to myself and pretending I didn’t see the way her face fell when she realized I wasn’t as cool as I could’ve been, I realized what must’ve brought on her random question.
Word must’ve spread around the dealer that Heath and I would be filming a tv episode at their dealer about buying our RV.
Now here’s where I’m going to break a lot of people’s hearts. Guys, reality tv is not real. I know, you’re shocked. They know the who the Bachelor will choose long before the finale and everyone in House Hunters already owns the house they picked.
I’ll give you a sec to let that sink in emotionally.
I told you before how Heath and I ended up being cast in a tv show, so this is a sneak peek of what it was like filming it. (PS even with a four-person camera crew following me around for a week, no one else made the mistake of calling me an actress.)
Much like House Hunters, in the show, we go “RV shopping” but in reality, we already owned our Winnebago Brave for a month (and we had to move all of our earthly possessions out of the RV in order to film in it for three days).
I’m not going to lie, being in a reality tv show (even if it is just about us RV shopping) is pretty much the coolest thing I’ve ever done. Top ten at least.
It’s also surprisingly difficult to play yourself pretending to be yourself in a very carefully framed past situation–especially when it’s forty degrees and windy and you’re just trying to stay alive and not freeze to death and you have to keep saying the same sentence over and over because the wind is causing interference with the mic. It’s definitely not as easy as I thought it would be.
You know when you get in a fight with someone and that whole night when you’re trying to fall asleep, you’re replaying it over in your head and coming up with better responses that you wish you would’ve thought of hours ago? That’s what it was like filming for four days. A whole bunch of “I can’t believe I said that! Gosh I sound so stupid!” and even more “Why didn’t I mention how much I liked the interior of that other RV? Now everyone is going to be able to figure out which rig we pick before we even pick it! UGH! I suck!”
Of course, while you’re actually filming, you’re on such an adrenaline rush that you don’t even know what you’re saying. You’re mostly just thinking of ways that you can make the viewers at home like you so you try to be funny and flirty and make sure the camera gets your good side (okay so maybe it’s more like reality than I thought).
But since I’ve been editing videos for a while now, I know that how I end up looking on camera is totally at the mercy of the editors who get to choose which of my embarrassing, stupid moments get included on national television. I should’ve sent them a fruit basket or something.
I don’t know what all they will include, but a few entertaining things did happen while filming, which may or may not be in the episode, like:
- I locked Heath in a trunk (an RV that has a trunk. WHAT. I know. It was awesome.)
- Heath crushed my legs under a hydraulic table and I yelped in pain
- Heath likened one bedroom headboard to what he imagined Hugh Hefner’s bedroom might look like
- I told the dealer one particular feature in an RV was literally the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen. I have no manners. (I decided my character was going to be sassy and funny and little edgy.)
So to figure out which RV we pick (in case you’re really slow and haven’t figured it out yet) and to see us awkwardly pretend to consider buying other RVs, check out tonight’s episode of Going RV on GAC at 8 PM CST. They chose us to be the season premier because our episode was–and I quote the email here–“hands down the best episode.” Not that I’m bragging, except that I totally am bragging, plus I really want you to watch it.
So mark your calendars, folks, tonight’s the night! 🙂
Click here to learn how to watch the season premier of Going RV today at 8 PM CST on Great American Country.