As you know, we were recently filmed for a reality based home renovation show. There’s a lot you learn about yourself when you are constantly followed by a camera crew.
Or, maybe it’s just me who realized this stuff… but anyhow it was sort of an interesting experience.
- You become acutely aware of how much you curse… since you’re trying incredibly hard to NOT curse on camera (yes, it’s been said that I have a mouth like a truck driver)
- You all of a sudden become somewhat vain… I was doing physical labor so it’s not like I was primping my make-up and wearing high heels BUT, I was constantly checking to make sure I didn’t have food in my teeth or boogers hanging out of my nose.
- You try your hardest to have the utmost of patience & tolerance when your spouse does something on camera that would normally irk the living crap out of you (and yes, it’s real life so you do occasionally slip into an eye roll….)
But one of the most interesting things that I learned after being filmed continuously for 5 days is that my lovely hubby has, what I’ve affectionately deemed… A Ham Switch.
If you’ve been following the blog you realize that hubby has acquired a taste for the limelight… or perhaps more accurately stated.. the “blog-light”. And that the mere fact that I write about him makes him feel special and celebrity-like (wow, I’ve really pulled the wool over his eyes.. huh??!!). I wrote a post not long ago called “Now That’s Blog-Worthy” where I attempted to explain, what I referred to as hubby’s Spotlight Syndrome. At the time, I had compared it to hubby “performing for the camera”. It’s an interesting dynamic because hubby was doing things around the house just wondering if the stories would make their way to the blog. Of course at the time, there were no cameras in my house. So his silly “performance” was really just for me, with the hope that his antics may, at some time, give me material for the blog. It gave me quite a few laughs and I would occasionally joke with him that sharing his idiosyncrasies and annoying “male traits” with the world was hardly something to celebrate.
We brought actual cameras into the house. Oh My!! I had no idea what an impact this would have. But, what I can tell you is that I learned a few things about hubby.
- He’s very comfortable on camera
- He can be a total cheeseball
- And…. he actually has an on-camera persona that I didn’t know existed (perhaps the most important learning!)
You see, hubby seemingly has a switch that automatically flips when the camera is directed at him, that turns him into a complete ham. If you know any precocious kids that put on a show the moment they are being filmed or having their picture taken, then you have an idea of what it was like to be with hubby for the 5 days of filming. He would stop at times, in the middle of doing something, just to look at the camera and make some sort of silly comment, or explain what was doing. His “performance” was stellar… albeit, quite “hammy”. The minute the cameras stopped rolling…no more ham. The minute they were directed at him, it was like Ham-A-Palooza in my house. I had no idea he had this in him. But there it was… plain as day. My hubby has a Ham Switch!
Thankfully it’s all over and life can get back to normal. Now, we just have to wonder how all this ham-iness will be portrayed in the edit room. Hopefully it will be as endearing/entertaining as I found it to be (as long as it’s in moderation). All I have to say is… Thank God, we don’t have cameras in our house full time. It’s bad enough he performs on occasion for the blog, but to have him doing it 24/7 nonstop for the cameras could exhaust me beyond my wildest imagination.
Does your spouse have a “Ham Switch”.. if so, I’d love to hear about it!