Last fall I found myself back up in New York for a casting call for a new season of Food Network’s All-Star Academy, another show centered on home cooks.
I didn’t make the cut, but I had a fantastic time going through the process and hanging with my sister in Brooklyn, scouring the city for cheap eats and things to get into.
Like last year’s casting call, I had to create a video for Food Network’s All-Star Academy prior to showing up.
The parameters were VERY specific:
- BETWEEN 10 AND 15 MINUTES LONG.
- FOLLOW THE PROMPTS AND BE SURE TO ANSWER ALL OUR QUESTIONS.
- DO NOT SIMPLY ANSWER THE QUESTIONS Q&A STYLE.
- COOK WHILE YOU TALK.
- DO NOT SHOW A STEP-BY-STEP COOKING PROCESS.
- BE YOURSELF!
I shot this one all by myself because the turnaround was swift—I had less than a week to pull it together, film and edit the video.
If it looks choppy, and my conversation with the camera seems a little awkward … and funny, that’s because it is!
It’s okay; I’m totally fine with laughing at myself.
Videos like this, for amateurs like me, are harder than you think. Trust me.
A 15 minute video takes at least half a day to film and then another couple hours to edit.
It’s a LOOOONNNNNG process. But I did it.
Want to see?
It helps me grow, and to try new things.
Anyway, enjoy! Cheers!