Last week, one of my running mentors got a job on a the set of the new Reese Witherspoon movie How Do You Know?, filming in Washington DC, where he worked with the actors on proper running form for their roles. He was asked to bring along three female runners to audition for a small role in a scene with Reese. I was really excited when he asked me to come along. I mean, the audition was to run, and if I didn't make it, I would still get to experience what it is's like to be on a movie set.
After running numerous sprints at different speeds for the director with 21 girls auditioning and acting out a scenario, I was one of three chosen to film a running scene with Reese. Before I knew it, I was in a van on my way to the wardrobe trailer, and then hair and make-up. I spent the morning on the set, watching them film another scene on the National Mall.
In the afternoon it was time to film the scene that I was in. There were numerous takes and lots of running. Reese had a body double in case she got tired, but she didn't use her once. She wanted to do all of the running scenes herself. She was having a great time! And so was I. What could be more fun than being paid to run...on a movie set? It was also incredible to have the opportunity to meet her and work with her. She is extremely nice and down to earth.
Perhaps, what struck me most about my experience was observing the cast and crew. They were so passionate about what they were doing. It wasn't just a job to them, they were their jobs. Having a strong sense of passion for something is most important. As of late, I have really let my sense of passion for running guide me, and it has led me to some pretty cool places!