Call it nepotism, call it whatever you want to call it! But I landed the leading role in Drew Seeley’s latest music video for Lazy Days. The track is an upbeat anthem to taking a break from the world and concentrating on your lover. Its such a fun song, I feel like I’m vacation when I hear it. Check out a sneak peek of the video that was posted today on Cambio. Directed by Marco Infante, the video features a cameo by Lucas Grabeel and tons of our actor friends. See who you can spot! The full video premieres on Cambio on October 27thm but for now, enjoy this behind the scenes look.
My first exposure to the entertainment industry came at the ripe age of 13 when I BEGGED by parents to let me go to Barbizon modeling school. They were reluctant, but somehow I got them to agree to enroll me. I was thrilled. “I’m going to be a model!,” I thought. I dreamed of strutting down the runway in designer duds and posing for the covers of magazines. Little did I know, petite models have no place on the runway and soon, celebrities would be gracing magazine covers. By the time I was 14, I was 5’4 and that’s as tall I was going to get. I would always cite Kate Moss as the exception but even she was 5’7. My studies at Barbizon were not in vain, though in theory I was learning the art of vanity. However, I found that it was more about confidence building and self esteem than booking high paying modeling jobs. I did learn a lot about posing, walking, make up and etiquette though. I will always be grateful to my parents for investing in what proved to be a very worthwhile experience for me. It was the validation and motivation I needed to know that the dreams I had, could come true.
All these years later, I still love modeling. So, it wasn’t like I asked for an expensive drum kit than never played it. I have done many photo shoots in my day and I absolutley love it. To me, it’s just like acting. I’m just playing in front of the camera. It’s about conveying a story. I love having my hair and make up done and slipping into slinky clothes. Its all about the metamorphosis. Whether I’m shooting with Marc Blackwell, Stacey Blackwell, Marco Infante, my longtime St. Louis agent Kevin Long or most recently, celebrity photographer GiulianoBekor, its all about mood and story telling.
I learn something new each time. With Giuliano I found I still have a lot to learn. Us petite women have to work a little harder to accentuate our small frames. Posing is hard work. I’m not being sarcastic. It hurts. You have to contort you body into painful positions to get the shots right and hold it there, all the while relaxing your face and channeling an inner sexiness. By the end of my shoot with Giuliano my body was cramped but my mind was overwhelmed with joy. I saw the photos and was blown away. He made me feel like a goddess and I got to live out a little fantasy of being a cover-girl for the day. This man has shot big stars like Jessica Alba and now he was shooting little ole me!?? It was an honor to be in front of his lens. I learned very quickly that he is very loving with each of his subjects, superstar or not. We are all works of art to him.
When the photos were selected for Maxim, well that was just the cherry on top. People have varying opinions about men’s magazine. Here is mine: God blessed me with a functioning body. I work hard to maintain that body. I eat right, I work out, I honor it as my temple. So I have no problem showing it off in an artistic fashion. It doesn’t take away my Journalism degree or erase my IQ to be photographed in hot pants and see through top. It makes me feel empowered and sexy. It is an artistic expression that is very freeing. I did the shoot for me. If you don’t like it, don’t look.
As many of you know I’ve got a pretty large funny bone. I love to laugh and I love making others laugh. That is precisely why I enjoy making silly videos and spoofs.
The latest in my repertoire is a collaboration with Baby Gorilla Productions. Marco Infanteand Keston John are the dashing duo behind Baby G. They are good friends of mine who happened to be talented and driven. Marco came to me with the idea of shooting a cosmetics commercial spoof. I read the script and thought is was hilarious. I actually had some up close experience on set of a real beauty commercial.
A few years ago I was hired as Drew Barrymore’s stand in for her Cover Girl commercials. It was a blast to see how a big campaign like that gets put together. Drew was an absolute doll and a pleasure to work with. This gave me some reference point when I was ready to shoot the spoof.
We went for over the top make up and skanky outfits to really play up the characters Marco created. With comedy, especially in this particular case, the bigger the better. I think the end product is a hilarious and well made ready for air commercial! If you like this video and want to see more from Baby G, become a fan onFacebook or subscribe to Baby G’s YoutubeChannel. Be on the look out for a follow up to this ad featuring my baby sis Brittany Paffrath.
I dream of one day uttering that familiar phrase, Easy Breezy Beautiful…Cover Girl. Until that time comes, “Aren’t you worth it? I know I am!” has a pretty nice ring to it.