My TN Farm Bureau Insurance Commercial Shoot

by Sami

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It’s the event you’ve all been following closely for weeks now…. NO, I’m not talking about the Royal Wedding of William & Kate; I’m talking about my TN Farm Bureau Insurance commercial shoot!

A quick recap for those of you who may not know the whole story (or you can read my post on my first commercial audition in years!):
*My kids and I walked in a WAY-FM fashion show last fall
*The agent from the fashion show emailed me a couple weeks ago asking if I could go on an audition for a 35 year old “soccer mom”
*I went to the audition and earned a call back!
*The call back happened to be at the EXACT time as I was going on Talk of the Town live to talk about multi-use household items
*I was able to pull off both the Talk of the Town segment and the audition!
*I didn’t get the part I auditioned for, but they wanted me for another part. The only problem was that it was the same day we had already planned on having a garage sale at a friend’s house and my son was out of school that day.
*I emailed my agent (still sounds funny saying that!) to say I’d love to, but couldn’t make it on Friday until 1pm. She told me it wouldn’t work because I’d probably need to be there all day.

Fast forward to this past Thursday night. I got a call directly from a production/casting assistant for the Farm Bureau Insurance shoot saying that I’m going to be a waitress and my call time is 1pm! Can you believe it?

So Mary Elizabeth and I braved the rain and pending storms to have our garage sale in the morning and then as soon as my husband got off of work, I headed down to the famous Elliston Place Soda Shop to shoot the last of four commercials they were filming in Tennessee.


The famous Elliston Place Soda Shop in Nashville

While I didn’t have any lines, I wasn’t just an extra either. I reported to the trailer for wardrobe (which I got to keep – thanks Amanda!), hair and makeup, where I ran into Sherita who also did our hair & makeup for the Sweet Cece’s photo shoot our entire family did a couple months ago!


Don't I look like a waitress?

After putting on my waitress attire and practicing my order taking, I got right to work! In five hours of shooting, I was literally in the first take and the last take! The commercial features a little girl asking lots of big questions (Why do zebra’s have stripes? Why is the sky blue? Where do babies come from?) and Farmer Charlie helps the day out by feeding he the answers from the next booth 🙂 We laughed a lot and even managed to avoid the tornadoes that struck so much of the south that day.

After we wrapped, I grabbed a picture with Farmer Charlie and even got one of those famous red hats to bring home for my hubby.


Farmer Charlie & me

Thanks to everyone for praying that everything would work out with the process. I’ll be sure to let you know when the commercial airs!

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Rachel April 19, 2011 - 8:57 am

awesome!!! congrats, so exciting!

Amy (Saving with Amy) April 18, 2011 - 10:52 am

You go girl! That’s awesome! I can’t wait to see it 🙂

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