January 06, 2006

Could I be the Geekiest Chef in Los Angeles?

so, remember how I did that whole thing last december for Microsoft, with the photos and the interview? No? ok, then click here to refresh your memory.

Microsoft approached me again, and this time they're taking me with them to MacWorld in San Francisco! They came to Los Angeles, did an even bigger photo shoot (They hired someone do my makeup this time, instead of fixing my photos in photoshop - It's the photo that I use in the right margin over there) and they did a video shoot at the farmers market in Santa Monica. They promised to send me some photos after things settle down, but they did get my approval on the main photos:
Macworld 2006 photo shoot - Chef JoAnna - Microsoft Excel     Macworld 2006 photo shoot - Chef JoAnna - Microsoft Virtual PC
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This is what I look like with professionally done make up and hair, and a lighting crew, and expert photography and retouching. Where are these people, and why can't they do this for me every day of my life? ;-) Oh, and it's "fake" cooking, that's why I'm not wearing anything on my head. LOL....

I'll have to make sure that I get a picture of myself in front of the giant poster of myself! And I haven't seen the movie they shot yet, but I'm sure it's going to be surreal. This whole thing is surreal!! People kept coming up to the cameraman and asking him who I was, and what this was all for. The people working the booths were very funny, hamming it up for the camera. You know what's damn near impossible? Avoiding looking directly at the camera lens. Also, keeping the fits of giggles inside was pretty tough. Luckily, they didn't do too many takes of the shots, so I didn't have to keep doing/saying the same things over and over and over. It's funny, anything that they had me rehearse or practice, I screwed up, but anything spontaneous they kept. They were really great, and very patient with me, so it was cool.

Anyway, as long as Bill Gates is paying for my travel, I've decided to drive instead of fly, thereby stretching this out into a little mini-vacation. I'm driving up the coast, staying in Pismo on the way up, and Paso Robles on the way down.

It's going to be like Thelma and Louise, but only one girl, and I'm pretty sure it's not going to end the same way. So not at all like Thelma and Louise. Nevermind.

Last thing I ate or drank: a piece of not-very-good hard candy. I should have just spit it out, but it didn't last all that long.

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  1. Wow - that's awesome! I knew her when... You look so different there than your profile shot. Congrats on the press - now they need to add your website to the ad! ;)

  2. Way to cool! Congratulations JoAnna!


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