To say that I’m lucky to have found David Geathers of We Engage Agency to produce my music video would be an understatement. However, for the grace of time and my inability to find a better synonym the word is perfectly fitting.
After having a song produced and a cover art created, the next step logical step in making parody music was to create a music video. However, to have a video made I needed to find someone who could direct, record, and edit it. My search wasn’t only to find someone to help conceptualize and then produce the work, but to find someone who could understand the totality of it all without being judgemental. Explaining that I need a video created where I sing about my adoration of food while showcasing the beauty of a restaurant may not be a casual conversation that is easy for someone to take in. Thankfully, in my first meeting with David, he got it instantly. It was such a relief to hear him laugh alongside the lyrics and that he was interested in the concept. With that, I was elated when he said he was on board with the project! From there we discussed the financials and logistics and shortly after we started to write a script for the video. We inserted moments of humor alongside the lyrics and detailed areas where emotion would be emphasized in relation to the ice cream within the song. It was exciting to brainstorm with David and once the script was finalized, we set out to shoot the video.
On the first day of two days recording the video, we shot scenes at Helados Pops, the focus of the restaurant in the song. My two nieces, Keimani and Aaleia, myself, and David met up at the ice cream shop and recorded the majority of the video. As we shot silly scenes we also incorporated the advertisers in the appropriate areas. The Restaurant Guide from LA Downtown News was seen in the opening and acted as a guise in my stalking activity. The beautiful earrings and bracelet from Sucre Couture played into the delight and excitement of the first date I had with the dessert. Working with two brands that I like made me so happy! I loved being able to partner with them in order to incorporate the two seamlessly into the video.
As the day continued, David was exceptional at guiding me on how to perform. I was naïve to think that I could simply practice prior to recording and attempt to sing and execute the video. With David, he showed me how to perform the song so that emotion and energy was captured on camera. My nieces served as a tremendous help in lugging equipment around, giving their opinion, and adding a bit of laughter throughout the day. Throughout the first day we found ourselves coming up with more ideas, running around, improvising, and having a great time.
The same held true for the second day.
The only difference was my nieces weren’t around, but instead were replaced by a flock of ducks. Recording on this day, David and I shot a few flashback scenes at a pond in Long Beach and my acting with the ice cream felt almost romantic. The quacking of the ducks, the water glistening, and the scoops of mamey ice cream which started to melt under the sun made for such a beautiful time. It was just as exciting to work with David on the second day as it was on the first and I loved seeing the director side of him in action. He’s creative, intelligent, and meticulous to a degree of absolute perfection. Seeing him work so hard on something I dreamed up only months ago made me glad I found him and that we could bring this project to life.
I can’t say that creating a music video is easy. It’s hard work, long hours, repetitive, and it requires a great deal of patience. However, if you have an exceptional director and producer like David Geathers behind the lens and guiding you the entire way it won’t seem so bad at all. In fact, it’ll be pretty exciting!