This week, I traveled up North to Milwaukee to shoot commercials for a department store you may know as Carsons, Elder-Beerman, Boston Store, or Bon Ton. They are all the same company, under different names per different areas the stores are located.
It was a fun shoot as it always is with the production crew (called Purple Onion). Despite it being below 7 degrees the entire time (with a negative 21 degrees windchill!!!!!) it was still a fun shoot. Yes, we were shooting very thin spring tops with sandals, but thankfully the crew was standing by with our coats, gloves, and space heaters. This shoot was also fun because I got to shoot it with Carly and Angela, two girls I shot these same commercials with last season. The warehouse where they were shot was just BEAUTIFUL!!! I will try to upload a link to their post of the commercial upon it’s completion. You may also catch it on TV if you live near any of these stores. For previous commercials for this company, I believe I’ve posted just a few of them but not all, under the “Maria on film” page at the top of my site. You can also shop the clothing at www.bonton.com.
This trip I learned something not relevant to modeling… how to retrieve something left on a plane… Through much headache and many calls, I am thrilled to say my laptop was returned to me! I had sat it on the floor under the seat in front of me on the way to Milwaukee. I never used it after I began talking to the person beside me, and I assume it slid under my seat upon take-off. Therefore, when I left, it wasn’t fresh on my mind from using it and definitely wasn’t in sight. It wasn’t until the producer picked me up and I began my fitting for the commercial that I realized I didn’t have it with me. After a minor freak out from fear of identity theft, and after much prayer, I began calling different airports like crazy. And let me tell you, it is EXHAUSTING to track down an aircraft that bounces across the country. I had faith it was still on there and not stolen. Even though each time I called they told me nothing was found, I just had a feeling they weren’t looking in the right places. I’ve seen them skip through the aircraft in a hurry before loading the next group of passengers, and it would be easy to overlook the laptop. So to the passenger, flight attendant, or whoever it may have been who decided to turn in the laptop opposed to keeping it themselves – I thank you!!!!! And yes…. I have learned my lesson.
I also was slightly freaked out up taking off from my connecting flight in Chicago when I saw this huge fire from the air. I knew it had to be something massive to see it this well. It is in the center of the picture below. Turns out, that according to the Chicago Tribune it was a warehouse that required 1/3 of all of Chicago’s firefighters to respond. It was so cold that the building was turning to ice upon spraying it! You may have seen this story or photos on your local news as I did last night. Prayers go out to all people involved:
over and out! (From my little brother’s laptop… hop to be blogging soon from my very own upon it’s arrival back home!)