When I was aboard the red-line train a man who had been watching me paid me a compliment followed up by him telling me he was born in Astoria and spent most of his life in Portland, and after assuming he asked me where was from. He told me that he could tell that I wasn't from Utah, because I clearly had that Oregon Spirit.
It was nice to be reminded of this.
Anyways, I completed my entry for the Curvy Hoopers Video Challenge 2012 on hooping.org. I felt very proud of myself just for completing the challenge (and being one of the first three videos uploaded too!).
Before I posted my video I thought I wouldn't be able to watch any of the other entries-- to my surprise I haven't been able to really watch my video objectively since I posted it, however I keep circulating through these amazing Hoopers contribution to the Challenge and I can't help be in awe.
There are so many BEAUTIFUL entries.
I had so many great song suggestions, and my original idea I still think is/was killer. I thought it would be really cute if I re-enacted the music video Y Control by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs-- with less gore, more hula hoops, and it would be the perfect way to include our three little hoopers at home.
I had been practicing a few new tricks, I was going to have Jess help film, I was going to dress the kids accordingly, costume myself, edit and polish the shit out of said video-- I was really gaining confidence over executing this plan until Sunday the 25th rolled around.
I was at home when I stumbled across one of my first hooping videos I had ever made (here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhTxh58MCFs)-- I became very emotional after watching this video. When it dawned on me that I needed to focus on something more personal for my entry.
I decided that less editing would be better. So, I made a little intro. After I made my video introduction I had to pick out music to go with it-- I ended up picking out a song that my mom has framed in her home "Life Uncommon" by Jewel. After picking out the song, I put said song on my iPod, and I went out to my front and my back yard and tried to just hoop though the song. Aside from having several technical difficulties (my iPod holder kept falling off, SEVERAL times during filming) I just did what I do normally in my yard.
I meditated on Alex and Ryan, and I put my heart out on my sleeve. I still can't help feeling nervous and scared about my decision to make my video-- I prayed really hard and decided that I rather put myself out there on a limb and take my chances, because I really feel that one can feel the honest, sincere feeling behind my video. And, all I can really do is pray that my video is received in the spirit in which it was made.
Well, here's my entry: