Thursday, May 29, 2008

TV Adds 10 pounds (and an Extra Chin): Lessons in Learning to Laugh at Yourself

I've been feeling a bit under the weather since Memorial Day weekend (probably in part because there's been so much bad weather to be under lately, at least here in the great Northwest). I've been getting a lot of art done, as well as a lot of sleeping in, and doing what I can to battle the "blahs."


Let me say here and now that watching yourself on TV is not always the best way to beat the blahs*. I had another crafty appearance on AM Northwest this morning, and I had a good time demonstrating how to make stamps from heat-moldable foam. (There's a whole step-by-step Demo of it here on the blog, and I may even end up doing a demo at the grand opening of the new Collage/DIY Lounge location at 4429 SE Woodstock this weekend). I had a less-than-good time watching the video afterwards . . . at least the first time.


See the extra chins? Nothing deflates the ego like video . . .


I swear to all of you that 1) in spite of appearances, I did brush my hair this morning and . . .


2) I did try to select a "slimming" ensemble. In retrospect, the baggy black cardigan was probably a bad idea, particularly when combined with moments of bad posture.



But the good part about seeing yourself on video is that it gives you plenty of opportunities to laugh at yourself. "Ooo . . . I do love blue foam!"


"Don't press people parts into the hot foam!" And opportunities to wonder if this is how other people really see you . . .

"Instead, mash it into a bunch of pine cones!" And opportunities to wonder if that's why they laugh so much . . . Though I do begin to understand why others see in me a resemblance to Molly Shannon.



Oh, Yeah. I'm a SuperStar!

*Taking shots of stupid stills of yourself on TV, however, is a guaranteed blahs-buster!!

12 comments:

SisterDG said...

Dude. That's funny.

But just for the record, I do not see you this way. Ever.

gl. said...

aw, bridget! i didn't know you were on amnw again! i think you were great: you shine & inspire. (but this post may have just kept me from ever wanting to be on tv. :)

futuregirl said...

This is an amazing post! First, it rocks that you were on TV. Second, you are super funny. Third, I almost peed myself when I scrolled down to see the Molly Shannon photo. I loved that character!

I, too, do weird stuff with my face. I can only hope that if I ever get on TV that I will have your grace and sense of humor about how it turns out. :)

You are my hero, superstar!

Geek+Nerd said...

Cracking up over here! People used to tell me I look like Molly Shannon all the time. I embraced it and dressed up as Mary Katherine Gallagher three years in a row, *laughs*

lindamade said...

i wandered over from craftypod. i too am often compared to molly shannon. to that i say: there is nothing wrong with being enthusiastic! i have this jonathan adler cards in my craft room that says "be a dorky enthusiast." i am. it's much better than being serious all the time.

gl. said...

besides, can molly shannon rock the bee outfit like you do? i think not.

k. said...

You look amazing in at least half of those photos and entertaining in the rest. I agree with futuregirl - everyone has the potential to look goofy but only some people can make goofy interesting.
Where were you when I was watching the AM show as a bored kid?

Claudia said...

You are so funny!!! I really love your post. Don't worry, we all look like...hum...not at our best on video. But you look so happy to be there...and you are a star :) So cool!!!

SusanL said...

Hey Bridget! You do know how to make me laugh, but I don't see you this way either. I see a big heart, a creative, interesting thinker, and a very cool woman. Always!

Bridget B. said...

Thank you all so much!! I feel much bolder about going on TV again now .. . though I do think the bee outfit may just be what needs to happen!

Michael5000 said...

This is awesome! You're a rock star!

maria said...

you are too freakin' funny!
I have never come up with Molly Shannon when i see you---until now.
next time you hit the air it should be in the crafty bee costume---noone does the bee like you!
xoxo
Maria

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