This is the most uncomfortable I’ve ever been while filming a video.
Imagine being a 26 year old man and taking hundreds of pictures of a pig at a playground while surrounded by kids, their suspicious parents, and giggling teenagers. I eventually had to leave since the kids kept trying to beat up Parker Pig.
But it didn’t stop there.
Because I needed to film outside and was running short on time, I shot the karate scene in the public parking lot of my townhome development. Several neighbors walked by in the process with only one asking what I was up to. He assured me that he had already given me the benefit of the doubt and assumed it was a video for a client. The rest might fear they live next to a pig enthusiast.
Was it uncomfortable? Yes.
Was it worth it? Yes.
Most things worth doing are uncomfortable on some level because of time, uncertainty, effort, fear of being misunderstood, or a hundred other reasons. If they weren’t, you’d have already done them. Between what you want and where you are there is always a gap to close. If you want something, close it.
Parts of this video were uncomfortable to film, but I wanted those scenes so I shrugged aside the awkward feelings. I didn’t care what anyone at the playground thought. I was willing to be misunderstood. The video ended up being my favorite creation to date. Sometimes you need to be willing to get uncomfortable to get what you want.
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