ZO2 Painted Lady
One of my favorite shooting experiences was ZO2’s Painted Lady music video, which they shot in November of 2009.
My boyfriend Josh and I went to Twisted Sister’s Twisted Christmas show in December of 2008 and the opening act was ZO2. He really liked their act and chatted them up a bit after the show. They were very down to earth and seemed to genuinely like their fans. A few months later, Josh told me he had begun watching Z Rock on Bravo, a semi-scripted show based on the real life adventures of ZO2. He loved the show and got me into it.
So when a while later I saw a casting for one of ZO2’s videos, I jumped at the chance and submitted my headshot and resume. A few weeks later (by which time I just assumed I hadn’t been chosen) I got the call to come to the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn in my finest “Moulin Rouge style” outfit. I put something together with the help of some friends (shoutout here to Chelsea Vaughan!) and went.
The shoot lasted about 16 hours (for us. The poor crew of course was there much longer.) and was really fun. The whole thing takes place in a kind of modern speakeasy, with dapper looking gentlemen mixing it up with sinful looking ladies, and I think the art director really got the look right. There were about 20 girls, scattered either in the audience area or on the stage dancing. I was on stage left near Dave the bassist, who is super nice. Oh, and craft services was great too-I love that there are always vegetarian options on these kinds of shoots.
One of the things I love about doing any creative project is getting to meet new people. The people I met on the set that day were amazing. Not only was the band themselves very personable, but I hung out with a girl who designs lace and metal jewelry (her outfit kicked ass) and a rock star’s daughter. George Tsalikis, my scene partner I mentioned in my blog about love scenes, was also there and it was great to catch up with him. I made friends that I’ve been able to catch up with on Facebook and will most likely see at future shoots.
In all, the video for ZO2’s Painted Lady was a wonderful experience to shoot. If you want to see the video, you can check out their official site: http://www.zo2.com/news/ or youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfJjUqY09aE I’m (obviously) not the main girl but got a lot of screen time-I’m all the way on the right dancing on a chair.
I am definitely a ZO2 fan and recommend that you check them out. Also keep an eye on my blog for more posts on shoots I’ve done, and please check out my pictures and videos to the right.