Okay, it went down like this:
In August, I went to the New England Revolution's annual MEET THE REVS fan event. It's cool, season ticket holders and other VIPs get a chance to meet the players, get autographs, bullshit with the front office staff, eat tons of free concessions-- it's a nice fringe benefit. This year, I'd bought a bunch of those nifty little Flip camcorders because KMart was blowing them out at $37 each. I sold most of them on eBay, but kept a few to carry around with me to stuff like this. So I made a fun little interview segment, where I ask various players and coaches stupid questions:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rWch2uwH5o
Two months later, MLSNet announces a contest for their EXTRA TIME video podcast-- the Guest Reporter contest, in which entrants must submit a three minute interview to enter. Any subject, any topic, it just has to be competently produced and interesting. So I re-trimmed and submitted the video I'd already shot, just for kicks. After all, I'd already done most of the heavy lifting, why not enter?
Two weeks later, they asked for a release form. Hmmm, maybe I was going to win something. Exciting!
Last week, I was selected as a finalist, which means I was definitely going to win something (either the runner-up prize of a Zune HD, which is pretty damn awesome, or a trip to Seattle for MLS Cup, which is VERY damn awesome).
Today, I got a phone call from the actual Extra Time show. You can see the whole mess here, starting at 6:23:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_XEkcICaRs
I'm psyched. In three weeks, we're jetting off to Seattle to see the Revs win (okay, that's kind of a long shot... but there's a chance!!), meet a bunch of awesome people (some for the VERY FIRST TIME despite knowing over the internet for years), and I'll even get to shoot a segment of Extra Time with the crew. And it's all compliments of Extra Time-- I even get a pocketful of spending cash!
I'm smack in the middle of an extremely tough, busy week, but this really puts a spring in my step!