“Thanks for taking one for the team, Nathan.”
I heard those words several times Monday morning, but it wasn’t because I bought breakfast for the entire 9th floor or because I’m good at sports.
Last Friday, nobody could cover the visit of The Situation, the “Jersey Shore” star, to City Walk in downtown Oklahoma City, but I went because I’m always eager to practice shooting with my camera, even in the face of danger.
I got to City Walk early so I wouldn’t miss anything interesting, but ended up getting there three hours before The Situation. So, I filmed and tried not to be awkward.
That wasn’t easy.
It’s weird to point a camera at people while they are dancing, so I tried to get some shots from a high vantage point. On top of an empty dancing platform, I filmed several dancers.
Then I heard a voice.
It belonged to a woman who must have thought I was needing a dance partner.
“Hi,” she said.
Before I could respond, she began dancing on me.
I froze with my camera still filming while she, well, just kept dancing.
Fearing the safety of my camera, I exit the platform while she, well, just kept dancing.
But I think this filming session had its successes. I got out of my comfort zone to film something I normally wouldn’t have thought twice about going to and helped out some co-workers. So, I challenge writers to take stories they normally wouldn’t. You never know what will happen.