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Just another PSA...

By Carolina Sonshine on 01/27/14 00:44
Charlotte Observer

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I never really know where this winding road will lead…  In the quest to make a significant difference in our war against distracted driving, I’ve found myself doing things I never, ever contemplated.  The mission continually evolves and to keep it moving forward, so do I…

 

 

 

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to create a brief public service announcement (PSA) / television commercial about the danger of driving distracted at the behest of a local business organization.

 

 

 

It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever been asked to consider.  Speaking doesn’t come easily to me, but the chance to reach such a large, diverse audience was too good to pass up.  So I swallowed my fear and said yes…

 

 

 

Thankfully, the production crew was willing to come to my house to do what had to be done.  I was definitely more at ease in my own environment, but to say I was nervous would be a huge understatement…

 

 

 

I felt ridiculous for being antsy; why should I be uneasy? It was our story, after all.  Who could possibly know it or tell it better than me?  I just didn’t want my nerves to mess everything up, thereby embarrassing myself, my family and tarnishing Brian’s memory.

 

 

 

Naturally, the area of our home the director wanted to use was the exact spot piled high with my work and nonprofit papers...  After a brief set-up period during which they rearranged the furniture and unpacked their lights and cameras, we were ready to roll.

 

 

 

Some aspects of the experience were exactly as I expected them to be: the words they used communicating with each other and with me, the coaching and instruction from the director (“tg, more of this, less of that”) and the heat from the lights shining down on my face…

 

 

 

What I didn’t anticipate was how difficult it would be to feel, control and share my emotions on cue within a whopping twenty-five second time frame.

 

 

 

Luckily for me, the director broke it into increments.  You wouldn’t think saying a total of six lines would be hard, especially two verses at a time, but it wasn’t easy in the least.  To visualize his smiling face, impart our happiness way back when, immediately shut it down, transition to a serious state, reveal the heartbreak and devastation wrought by a simple mistake, and then convincingly close, emphatically stating and resting my case…

 

 

 

I have yet to see the final product…  I hope when it hits the airwaves, it will make people stop, think and believe what I unfortunately know...no phone call or text message is worth losing your life.

 

 

 

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” –Galatians 6:9

 

 

 

Wishing you blessings and hope…tg

 

 

 

Tammy will update her blog weekly…

 

 

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