3 weeks ago, I got a text in the middle of the night from Joe, who’s my *straight* boy-bestie from school.
“Was wondering if you’d be open to being shot pole dancing this Saturday for a super top secret and last minute project we just got approached for today?”
Hmm.. Sounded fun already.
And last minute indeed, considering it was already Thursday. An ambitious leap of faith too, considering he’d never seen me on a pole before, and had never shot any pole videos either. They also only had about 48 hours to shoot an entire series of video clips, including mine.
But when a very good friend calls for a favour (and it involves a rather fond hobby of mine) how am I not to oblige?
Canon Singapore had just approached him and his business partner to test drive their latest 5D EOS Mark III camera with super low light and slow motion functions, 3 weeks ahead of its official launch. They was as excited about it as I would be if I’d just won a year’s worth of free pole dancing classes.
So the three of us met at the studio on Saturday evening after the last class had wrapped up, for maximum privacy. But the boys had brought along such a shocking amount of equipment that it was impossible to discreetly pretend I was just there for practice!
Enduring a few curious glances and amused smiles from other students, it suddenly occurred to me that we hadn’t discussed what moves they wanted to shoot. Of course then I also realized that neither of them would know any pole moves at all.
At that point I started panicking silently, wondering if it would be a much better idea to just beg one of the instructors to stand in for me instead. (cos.. what if it just looks bad? What if my feet flex?? What if my poor instructors get embarrassed!!)
But I’d already agreed. And well, I had faith in the guys. Besides, the video would really be all about the camera’s capabilities and not mine, duh!!!
*Gezuz woman, get over yourself already! Gawd!!*
The shoot went really smoothly and wrapped up in an hour, with still shots taken as well. We kept things really simple and I stuck to a couple of basic moves. In the end I think I probably only spent a total of 20 minutes on the pole, doing each move just 3 or 4 times.
After that, it was a matter of waiting for the boys to work their magic… and praying that I didn’t look like a giant dancing spazz.
So without further ado, here’s the clip:
Big love to Joe and Mark for being a joy to work with and thinking of me in the first place. You guys managed to make me look much better than I do in real life!