Every now and then things happen to you, and you just have to fake it until you make it. I am lucky to have some great friends in this world. One of my closest friends, Shawn Rapier, is one of those multi-talented people who can do and has done just about everything. He also seems to know pretty much everybody. He is a popular stand-up comedian. He is a writer. He speaks at firesides and youth conferences. He has a really great podcast called Latter-day Lives. He has been in film and commercials. And none of that is even his career. He happens to be the best salesperson I’ve ever known. So there’s that too. Oh, and yeah, he’s married to a great gal and a father of seven, five of whom are adopted. So, he’s kind of someone that everyone looks up to… including me… literally because he’s quite tall. I’m more average height. I’m kind of the ultimate-average guy in many ways. I can sing a little, but mostly I’m best with a choir. I can repair cars, as long as it isn’t too complicated. I know a fair amount about cables, but I’m not an engineer. I speak French, but it’s not perfect. I like to write, but I’m not famous. I too have been in sales most of my career, and I’m a good salesperson. I’m not great, but I’m good. I’m a small business owner. It’s never going to be a unicorn Billion-dollar company or be listed on the Fortune 500. I know a little about a lot of things. I just don’t really excel in many things.
So, I find myself a couple week ago on set for a short film. It’s the debut video my friend Shawn Rapier is producing for his new YouTube channel, “Those Mormons.” It’s a clean comedy theme, with a hint of Mormon culture. Shawn and I have talked a lot about the need for more clean and uplifting content, whether that be video, podcasts, or blogs. There simply needs to be more good, clean and uplifting content out there. You can see how wildly popular StudioC is, not just among Mormons, but among thousands of families who just want to be able to watch something without the remote in hand ready to stop it if it gets bad. (May VidAngel rest in peace. I miss it.)
So here we have this new YouTube channel launching. Shawn has called on some very talented people to be in the video; Michael Birkeland, Jeff Birk, John Sheffer, and of course Shawn Rapier. Top talent. On top of that, there is a well-known director & cameraman, Danny Drysdale who has filmed videos for the Killers, was a videographer on Napoleon Dynamite, etc. Oh yeah, and then there is me. I have done some informational product videos for my company, and um… let’s see… oh yeah, sophomore year at Hillcrest High School I took drama. So I totally had the street cred. Fake it until you make it Jason! Fake it until you make it Jason!
Well, I hope you like this video where we poke a little fun at a fictitious die-hard BYU fan, Bob, who can’t grasp that his team is just not too good this year. Now those who know me know that I’m BYU alumnus and a true-blue BYU fan. Those who really know me, know that I really don’t get into sports too much, but I really enjoy BYU football and a little BYU basketball. So this is all in good fun and not produced by BYU haters. We just turned to comedy when the chips are down. Which, by the way, I’m the #chipguy in the video. Oh, and it turns out film adds like 60 lbs. to you. 🙂