Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a music video? Nine years ago yesterday (June 3, 2008), I found out when I was an extra in Aaron Pritchett’s music video for Let’s Get Rowdy!
To sum it up in one word, it would be “waiting.” My sister Gillian, roommate Cheryl, and I just didn’t know the waiting would begin the day before the video shoot on our drive to Vancouver when we got stuck waiting because of an accident that closed the highway. After a few hours of waiting, we decided to turn around and find a different route to take. Who do we run into? Aaron and his gang who are stranded on the side of the road, too! After a quick visit with them, we started our journey again and made it to Vancouver.
We woke up bright and early the next morning and made our way to Gabby’s Country Cabaret in Langley, the first location for the video shoot. We met with the wardrobe people, make-up artists, and were assigned scenes.
After the scenes at Gabby’s were filmed, we followed the guys from Faber Drive to the warehouse location for part two of the shoot. They drove super-fast so we ended up getting lost on the way there. We eventually found it and there was nothing too exciting about the warehouse itself although it was filled with quite a few boxes of pickled asparagus. Still haven’t figured that one out! There was a wardrobe change for us (thanks to Carmen for giving us our ‘Let’s Get Rowdy’ shirts to wear) and then we waited for filming to begin again.
It ended up being a 21 hour day for us. Yes, there was a lot of waiting around filming each scene over and over again but we had a blast. We also heard ‘Let’s Get Rowdy’ on repeat the entire day- I’m sure they cued up various parts of it at least 200 times during the shoot. It was an incredible experience to be part of such a fun video shoot! I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.
Here’s a Behind the Scenes video of the making of the Let’s Get Rowdy video:
AND … the finished video! Can you see me?!?!