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Pickle Works

Pickle has been a little busy lately.  Last week she worked for Macy’s twice.  She walked into the holding room and kissed this little boy right on the mouth.  Later they were paired up to shoot this look.  She was laughing HYSTERICALLY at the wrangler.  I blame it on the fact that she boycotted her nap for 3 hours that morning….but the hysteria gave the results they needed!

pw1On Thursday she was called in again, and this time she did 2 looks.  She was paired with Orion again and then paired with a younger baby, who was much more smiley than she was.  Thursday was not as giddy as Monday.  We were in a holding room with what felt like 1000 babies!  It was a long morning!

pw3This week she booked Bloomingdales.  She was so excited about the puppy that the stylist had brought.  It was a little distracting having him around.  I offered my wrangling services to the photographer, but there were no less than 3 or 4 people at any given time, doing that job to the max.  They could have used a few tips from me, but I just tried to stay out of it.

After a little bit Pickle turned a bit grumpy, so I thought a little snack might be the ticket.  As we headed over to the food table, she THREW UP! What!? I picked her up in an effort to save the wardrobe….getting puke ALL OVER the FLOOR just feet from set.  As I went to clean it up they were all–a mop’s coming.  AS IF I am going to leave the puke there on set.  Of course I cleaned it up and tried to salvage her outfit.

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She made it onto set one more time after she puked a second time, and I prayed that they got something and that she didn’t give it to anyone else.

Weird.

These all publish in late February, early March, so keep your eyeballs peeled please.

In which I tell a story and pray

I am craving pretzels dipped in chocolate and crunched up candy canes as I write this little tale.

Once upon a time Lolly said her head was scratching.  She knew that her friend had been found with lice the week before, and though she had checked, it never hurt to check again.

Found. A mama and her many many eggs.  It was a long night of nit picking and checking and she got to bed late.

Pickle woke up at 5 AM the next morning, the same day of her job.  She laid in bed with her Mom for a bit in hopes of falling back to sleep but then, didn’t.

Her Mom heard her screaming and tantruming in the next room and so her Dad put her back down to sleep.

Together they slept until around 8 AM.

They arrived on set 5 minutes late only after riding in the POKIEST train EVER, transferring to an express that arrived seconds after a local, and the local didn’t wait for the express passengers to cross the platform. rude.  And ended up taking a cab because the next local was too far away.

On set all was well–makeup, check! hair, check! clothes, check! Cute puppy to entertain…. Wearing her accessories, standing in her spot, smiling…suddenly good mood is gone and she seems changed.  She walks off set and then pukes all over the floor.  Her Mom tries to save the wardrobe and does a pretty good job, with the puke instead landing on her new boots and her jeans.  She cleans up the baby, the little spot on her dress and shoes and then cleans up the floor.

Pickle seems to feel better, until she gags again…this time her Mom leaps to her, catches it in her hand and AGAIN saves the dress.

Now she knows it’s probably a bug…not a case of being too wound up by all the wannabe wranglers (hair, intern, art director).  She does one more round but isn’t really feeling it, and Mom is relieved to go home.  When they arrive she finds the cotton cover of her iPad completely drenched from her leaking water bottle and it works just fine except for  the sound…there is no more sound.  The iPad is used 95% of the time as the sound machine for little miss Pickle. No longer.

Let us pray: Thank you for giving me the serenity I need to handle all of life’s little mishaps, as they are piled on top of each other one after the other….Thank you for giving me the peace and calm necessary to stay present and calm and love the children through all they create for me to juggle.  Thank you for letting me be a veteran today, because had this been my first time as a mother on set, that puke might have done me in.  Thank you for the puke landing on the waterproof part of my boot and not the furry part, and thank you for life and living and loving! On to the next hurdle!

 

Mommy works

I know, I know. I decided to stop working. But every once in a while a little something pops up that gives me a paid break from the most wonderful job in the world and a workout to boot.

I worked a two day casting.

Pick up the baby, place them on the ground, sit/kneel next to them for the slate.

Pick them up and interact with some nuzzles and snuggles to see if they can act familiar with a total stranger, return baby to mother and repeat.

I think I repeated this about 200 times over two days.

My quads?

Better than bootcamp.

Pickle Works

Pickle booked a job last week for Children’s Place.  She was so brave standing on her little pedestal.  The wrangler was nuts just going crazy town pulling out so many different toys. I probably look like that too, but I like to take a little more time warming into the situation.

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Pickle just stood there holding her hand out in a gesture that indicated: gimme that toy.

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Her facials also looked about like that.

I think they got one frame of her smiling.  They will most likely have to chop off that head and paste it on to the one favorable body shot they got.

Was it a success? I’d say probably not. In March, you can look for her in stores wearing this little number:

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Wrangling for Macy’s

More Macy’s Signage popped up on the subway below Macy’s on 34th Street and in the store itself. Pickle and I went on a little scavenger hunt to find some, and we were successful!

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I loved how it all turned out. We got a lot done in one day!

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Headshots

Good thing I am an experienced Headshotter, because having little miss at my side was not ideal. She was a trooper though and we got through it.

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My favorite snaps:

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Maybe I’ll book again one of these days……

Meanwhile the miss keeps booking away:


Photos by Billy B.
  Oh, and he can SANG too.

 

Mother’s Day at Macy’s

I love working with Liz because I know we will be doing something special on set.  Ironically, I did Mother’s Day with her before. We found ourselves back at it again and she did not disappoint.

Yes we were on ladders. No, that grass was not cozy.  Yes, it was freezing cold and there was a heater blowing. Yes, that little pumpkin asked if she was done a bajillion times. No, the flowers are not real. Yes, that woman has two children of her own and a concave stomach.  Yes, she is Brazilian.

On another note, one of my favorite Mom’s is friend Alison, who stars as Edith at 6:26 in Downton, the Musical. Check her out.