Practically Speaking

When It Rains It Pours!

There’s nothing like being in mom mode and coming off the holiday season only to be thrust into work mode on location. A movie, my second book and production deals came pouring in at the same time this month and suddenly I’ve become a master juggler. I’ve got to be honest, I love routine. But the crazy business I’m in never allows for that. Its also exciting and tests my organizational skills and patience. How do I do it all? Only by the grace of God and one day at time!

I just filmed a movie called “Finding Normal” that will air in the springtime on GMC network. We shot the the movie in 12 days, which I’ll tell you firsthand was insane. The shortest amount of time for filming a TV movie in my 31 years of acting has been 18 days, they’re usually 21-24 days, so you can understand how grueling the schedule was. We shot in the small town of Columbia, Louisiana where we battled the weather and the clock. As difficult as the schedule was, I don’t think I’ve enjoyed shooting a movie more. The townspeople took great care of us, thank you Caldwell Parish, and I worked with one of the coolest crews. Our director, Brian Herzlinger was FUN-tastic! The 80’s music references were flying along with dancing the Carlton. I took every opportunity to laugh, be a super dork and enjoy myself. Of course, when the cameras were rolling, I was all business. :) ok, most of the time.

Val was flying solo with the kids at home. We have a good balance at making sure one of us is with the kids when the other is out of town. Traveling apart doesn’t always make time for the healthiest marriage, but we were blessed with a getaway to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival this week by ourselves! We have some catching up to do and this couldn’t have come at a better time. It so important to carve out quality time with your spouse in the midst of life. So, yes, I’m actually writing this post on an airplane. The kids are at home with my mother-in-law who’s visiting from Russia for a few weeks. Gotta love family!

There are lots of videos posted on Finding Normal’s Facebook page here. I hope you enjoy watching the behind the scenes footage and the making of what will be a heartfelt and inspiring movie, seeking the life God has called you to.

Here are my personal behind the scenes photos! I’ll keep you updated on Finding Normal’s air date and DVD release date. I’d love to hear your comments below and will try to answer as many questions as I can!

Director Brian Herzlinger and the 1st AD giving me notes on the scene before we shoot. Here, my character Lisa is in a small courthouse trying to talk her way out of jail time for excessive unpaid speeding tickets.

Director Brian Herzlinger and the 1st AD giving me notes on the scene before we shoot. Here, my character Lisa is in a small courthouse trying to talk her way out of jail time for excessive unpaid speeding tickets.

Goofing off on set every chance I got!

Goofing off on set every chance I got!

Here's a fun shot of me and Trevor on the monitor. That's the shot you'll see in the movie.

Here’s a fun shot of me and Trevor on the monitor. That’s the shot you’ll see in the movie.

With director Brian Herzlinger dancing while waiting for lighting to be set up. He may look familiar to you from the award winning documentary "My Date With Drew".

With director Brian Herzlinger dancing while waiting for lighting to be set up. He may look familiar to you from the award winning documentary “My Date With Drew”.

One of my favorite scenes of the movie. Yes, I rode that bike in those shoes!

One of my favorite scenes of the movie. Yes, I rode that bike in those shoes!

I'm adding stunt woman to my resume. I drove with two cameras mounted to the BMW while doing my scenes.

I’m adding stunt woman to my resume. I drove with two cameras mounted to the BMW while doing my scenes.

This day we battled the weather. Notice the umbrella someone is holding in the back of the truck. The big furry thing is the sound boom. And I'm with my co-star Trevor St. John.

This day we battled the weather. Notice the umbrella someone is holding in the back of the truck. The big furry thing is the sound boom. And I’m with my co-star Trevor St. John.