Shooting in NYC
Spending a week in the big apple filming
So I have been vlogging for a while and was happily trundeling along “doing my thing” oblivious to the world and happy as a clam when opportunity knocked. I was approached by a major TV company to host a show and smash, bang, whallop it was all done and contracts signed in the shaking of a lambs tail.
The TV company have asked we not disclose the show so as not to dilute the social campaign next year but I can tell you after shooting 1 in the bag and in the middle of the second one it’s bloody fantastic. This episode finds me in NYC spending much time in Brooklyn which is a spot I have never been before. I was wonderfully naive regarding all things “Brooklynite” so it was wonderful to experienece a side of NYC thus untapped, by me at least
Coming to NY City to work and work on a TV show at that, I have to say is mind blowing. Normally I have been just like any typical tourist running from the Empire State to Soho and any and all other attractions in between. But, this time it’s different, I have been able to “live like a local” and take a breath and absorb some of the cities “off the beaten path” sights along with more than a fair dose of the usual suspects. one thing that struck me we EVERYONE has been SO friendly. Where is the proverbial grumpy and rude New Yorker? He seems to be gone but now I am wondering was he ever here? Every person I have met has been warm and inviting and as quick to crack a smile as they have wit a joke and I have been slapping backs won complete strangers in mere minutes which has completely debunked the theory of the impatient NYC residents, or maybe I just got lucky, but I don’t think so. Let’s face it, as far as I am concerned, New Yorkers are badass!
Additionally, I am traveling with the circus, well at least it feels like that. We are a merry band of colorful characters that come in all flavors but there is a glue that joins us together. It reminds me of the camaraderie of a band, whizzing our way across the United States playing gigs in all sorts of fabulous and sometimes weird and unique spots. It’s a different experience to travel as a pack and one I am enjoying g greatly. Poetic chaos abounds on a daily basis yet the ball somehow always gets in the back of the net.
I made a pilgrimage to the “Biggie” mural in Brooklyn and I have to say it was a very moving experience. He first rapped on this street corner, was discovered by a local, was taken to meet Puff Daddy and the rest is history as they say. It was as profound for me to be in the same spot The Beatles met or Led Zepplin played their first gig as, like rap, hate it or love it, (I love it) it changed the musical landscape forever and Biggie was a very large piece of that puzzle.
I am in my final 24 hours in the Big Apple and then the circus leaves town for another. Still, I plan to soak in as much as I can because who knows when I will be back but as I write this I am feeling like “There is still so much to see...” but I guess that means I will have to come back which, naturally, I have every intention of doing. So from me a guy that “Did it my way” to “The City that never sleeps” this is Pete Lorimer sending love and positive vibes out to NYC and all who reside in her as I salute The Big Apple for being.... well.... as badass as a town can be!
THANK YOU NYC!!!