Originally Posted on 3-13-09
I currently find myself sitting at my desk. Yes, my desk. I can’t believe it. It seems that the norm for me these days is airport food, hotel lodging, car rentals and luggage attached to the hip. In fact, I don’t know if someone would recognize me these days without a camera case wheeling behind me with my purse, laptop bag, and at least some other carry-on item hanging from my shoulders.
Here’s a brief snapshot of our traveling routine: We roll into our hotel anywhere from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. and then awake for the next day of filming anywhere between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Our days are spent traveling to the various locations where we set up, film the interview, then move on to the next interview location….
I’m a bit tired, a big jet-legged, and quite honestly a bit unsure of how well I’m digesting the on-the-go “fast food” venues…But let me just say one thing: I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
I simply cannot believe that I get to be a part of this project. From front porch rocking chairs to yogurt ice cream shops I’ve met some really, truly amazing individuals doing extraordinary things.
Here’s a run-down of the past couple of months:
The 1st week of February we traveled to Atlanta, Georgia where we sat down to interview Gerald Durley, Sandra Thurman and Zach Hunter. We then drove on over to Jackson, Mississippi where we had interviews with Dolphus Weary, Steve Stirling and John Perkins.
And while we were down south, Mike Seaton was out in New York City filming a teaching session with Pastor Jim Cymbala.
We spent a Sunday afternoon filming Mike Yankoski on the streets of downtown Grand Rapids and then caught an evening flight out to Dallas, Texas. Traveling back and forth in Texas, between Dallas and Waco, we filmed interviews with Amy Sherman, Heidi Unruh, Ron Hall and Denver Moore, and filmed a teaching session with Kay Warren.
While we filmed in Texas we had a crew rolling cameras out in San Diego where we captured interviews with Scott Sabin, Jason Russell and Miles McPherson.
Then we had back-to-back, coast-to-coast trips (with a weekend filming of Brenda Salter McNeil here in Grand Rapids, MI). A trip out east sat us down interviewing Chuck Colson and Ron Nikkel, and we spent an afternoon filming a teaching session with Gary Haugen. Out west we interviewed Joni Eareckson Tada, Dean Hirsch, Bryant Myers and David Batstone. We spent a morning filming John Ortberg.
Last week I was in Chicago, IL filming an interview with Tony Campolo; Madison, Wisconsin filming an interview with Star Parker; and Houghton, NY filming an interview with Shirley Mullen.
This week I was back down in Chicago filming interviews with Princess Zulu, Dr. Smith, Mary Nelson and Noel Castellanos.
We have more interviews coming up, but so far the interviews have been absolutely incredible! I can’t wait for you all to hear what they have to say.
Kaylee, Project Manager