L.A. Adventures

I got to my friend Jude's house in L.A. the day before Thanksgiving with almost no plans for the week. I was there to spend the holiday at her in-laws and *maybe* shoot something, end of list. Jude is an episodic TV director for shows including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Fresh off the Boat and Life in Pieces and we'd been talking about doing a music video for months but I'd been feeling a little conceptually stuck. I set my bags down and Jude said "I booked a green screen studio and a makeup artist and my DP Anton is driving up from San Diego. We're just going to play and it doesn't matter if we use any of it. I just want to free up the creative energy." Basically, JUDE IS A BOSS. Here are a couple of snaps from my snapchat (@stephmabey) and a photo Anton took during our greenscreen experiment: 

 snapchat: @stephmabey // makeup/hair: nicole hawkyard

snapchat: @stephmabey // makeup/hair: nicole hawkyard

 photo: anton lorimer // makeup/hair: nicole hawkyard

photo: anton lorimer // makeup/hair: nicole hawkyard

 snapchat: @stephmabey // makeup/hair: nicole hawkyard 

snapchat: @stephmabey // makeup/hair: nicole hawkyard 

 instagram: @stephaniemabey 

instagram: @stephaniemabey 

It felt so good to just play and get out of my comfort zone. L.A. adventure highlights include: Thanksgiving with interesting and lovely strangers, walking to Jude's neighbor's house to shoot some stuff on a gopro in their pool (In theory wearing a dress and being underwater should be hella elegant. It turns out that isn't automatically true ...) and being on set while Jude directed an episode of Fresh Off the Boat. Sometimes I forget how much I love being uncomfortable because the unknown is where magic happens. This trip was the best reminder. Can't wait for the next one.