Magical experience I will never forget
Where do I start? Here we go a call from a fabulous lady six at night, remove myself from the front room into my study so I can listen also not worry about being to loud when hubby is listening to the news. So we have general nice chit chat when my friend Trish, asks me if I’d like to do a few days in a German style Christmas Market, in Coventry in March. Yes of course anything to help promote my little business, I’m up for most things. Trish then proceeds to tell me there will be a film crew there to, wow I thought I started to cheer with Joy, when I asked is it for The Nativity Film, yes she replies but don’t tell a soul it’s top secret. My husband comes running in hearing me thinking something bad was happening, no I said I’m ok well more than ok Trish am I allowed to tell the hubby, ok she says but just him. So we knew for a good few weeks as I got all my Christmas things out for my stall to use in the film.
Obviously I’m game for most things especially where certain things lye my family, business, and Socially Shared, my granddaughter Loves The Nativity films, she watches them back to back all day long, even when Grandad gets in from work it’s still on, even in January, so I really wanted to do this for her. If I’m in for one second it will all be worth it.
My first day was when we had a visit from The beast from the East, and wasn’t it just, got there at 7.00 am lucky loaded car evening before. I found a parking space in the snow, emptying car with all my Christmas delights a 6ft Christmas tree decs tinsel plus all my normal face paints, posters, roller banners, all good. Someone asked if I’d like to go into a stall to keep warm, so I got all items into stall which when closed was pitch black, I put one of my chairs up a sat down still freezing I got my hot water bottle out, as I’m used to doing Events in cold, then got my onesie out and my Christmas blanket and put them over my lap to keep me warm. After about an hour people came and helped set up they disappeared for filming, so Jake came to help then he disappeared too. Right think happy thoughts setting up as it’s so cold, the snow is not giving up the wind is bitter, but my little haven is helping. Jake suddenly appears again saying the lady wants you up the top, er no I’m meant to be on my German Market Stall, so he goes backup the top of Bailey Lane again, five minutes later he’s back to me they want you up at the top for filming as some people haven’t turned up. What I’m thinking in my head wow what!!!! So first thing the two costume girls change my look a little, with a grey scarf, I really hate grey but never said a word. I have to hold packs of baubles and put by a Christmas tree while walking by extras, oh my word I never expected this, but I was having so much fun too. Just watching what was happening to other extras, the film crew the sound lights clapper board lady producers director security guards all lovely. We had to pop into a pub to keep warm, the wind seemed to cut like a knife. I was asked to do some walks past a hot dog stand, then they changed my hat to a super snowman, very funny as I don’t usually wear hats I dont think I suit them. After quite a few takes past the camera, having lots of fun, well I was enjoying myself, but at this point my lips started to go numb, I found it hard to talk as it was so cold.
At two I found myself on a minibus with all these extras and actors going for lunch sitting in a mobile eating a meal with people I’ve never met before, I was so lucky these were nice people as I find it hard on stairs they helped me up and down quite high steps with my dinner in tow. On the way back I pinched myself as it was all so surreal for me I couldn’t quite believe I’d being filming in the Nativity Rocks film and how much my Granddaughter loves it. Thought I may of dreamed it all, and said to myself are you really Christine Cooper?
Afternoon back to filming on the steps of Coventry Cathedral just so amazing in the snow it was also like being at the OK chorale with snow whipping up in the wind, like tuffs of tumbleweed, I was worried for the extras as they may of slipped at any time. I also couldn’t believe how rude passers by are walking into screen shot when filming they really believed we thought they didn’t know what they are doing. How very stupid. While talking to an extra Wendy knew her face to so happened we had met briefly mid 2017, so we both laughed about that, small world. We had a hot chocolate while in the Russian artic snow storm, we were all so so cold but still having fun although no snow ball fights. Nightfall was upon us in no time after quite a few takes, me watching all eagerly taking it all in this wonderful experience.
Home time the quietness of the snow on the cobbled street, bobbling along slowly not to slide until I reached the main road, it then took me one and a half hours to get home normally twenty minutes, bumper to bumper, when I reached home feeling tired but elated, I had to thaw out cold to the bones.
That night I thanked God as I truly believe he guides us through, I said my prayers for lots of people that I know that’s poorly or need help, was already looking forward to my next days there. Seven in all dressing as Mrs Santa, I didn’t need the pillows either! Working with Jess, Sandra Godley, some Celebrities we’re also amazing stopping for selfies Anna Callerhan was so lovely to everyone, we all had so much fun, I think Lady Luck was there for me, it’s been one of the best experiences of my life truly. A big thank you to Trish for putting me forward for this super time this will stay with me forever.
I felt terrible telling little white fibs to friends Karen, Becky, Shelley, Kate, Emma, Phaedra All superwomen, now you know I can keep a secret, now I’m allowed to talk about this fantastic new film Nativity Rocks out November 23rd 2018, by the wonderful Director Debbie Isett.
I can completely understand if your a Mummy at home with children maybe a baby, running to the door because a sales person is at your door, you’ve baby sick on your shoulder of which you meant to wipe off earlier, your hair is propped up by a crayon again which you meant to take out. Your clock watching to do the nursery run, maybe catch a bit of the news or Jeramy Kyle, while changing nappies doing the ironing mopping hoovering dusting prepping dinner or just cleaning the loos out!
Playing with the baby, getting them ready for another trip out today to pick up child from nursery right rush back home while popping to shops for bread and milk. In undress children make their lunch you grab a bit of theirs as you’ve no time for yourself. We change baby again get them to sleep play with the older child so they have you time, then ready to go again, everyone ready back to school to pick up older child /children. By now it’s raining so you all get wet, so have to dry out clothes do dinner sort lunches book bags pe kits wellies or shoes read with older children write comments in book. Prepare clothes for tomorrow put the washing machine on wash up bath read to children pop them to bed, then sort baby.
Well I can hear you say when will I get time to face paint let alone train, just to let you know all the people men and women who face paints loves it, I love it with a passion and wish I’d of done it years ago. It takes time and practice, you can practice in the evenings, or morning if baby falls asleep. The training day I obviously would ask for help maybe a friend could pick older child up for you Mum could look after the baby and another friend pick up the toddler from nursery for you in return you could do a child’s party for free only one mind we don’t want anyone taking advantage of your good nature. If you decide to get help you then do a party so you also get practice too so it helps your business become popular, people will book with you so you add more and more as you go. Maybe even been asked to do the local nursery and school for fates and for summer and winter events.
Learning how to face paint is a great outlet for a hobby craft art work, fun enjoyment and so much more. Once you start you cannot stop it’s addictive and great for your
own family as you’ll be good at it too. Anyone that moves you’ll be practicing on you’ll have fun all the time.
I’m starting to train people as there is enough business for everyone or you may like to do as a hobby. it is going to be lots of fun on the day plus you’ll have a written copy so if you need help it’s available quickly. There are going to be other courses to achieve to in the festival scene too this is going to be good. Come along and enjoy with other happy people.
Check eventbrite on link above to book your ticket. See you there.