Tag Archive: postaday2011

What’s This All About.com?

You may have seen some of the Howcast videos I have been a part of in the past.  The filmmaker who shot them has a new project up his sleeve, and I am so excited to be a part of it.

He has been given a green light on some how-to videos for About.com.  The big difference for me between the Howcast spots and the About spots is that I a using my name and likeness in these videos.  The Howcast videos came with a pre-recorded voice over track, and in most cases I simply provided a little overacting.  In the About videos, I will be speaking directly to the camera.  For the test video we submitted to About.com, we chose a how-to about vlogging.  Go figure.  I start out the video by saying, “Hi, I’m Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com,” and go on to take you through he steps of how to vlog.  We chose that video because I was somewhat of an expert and could talk about it easily.  I wish I could show you the video, but I have not seen a live link yet.

About loved the test video, and now we get to choose from hundreds of topics and hack away at them.  However, believe it or not – I am not an expert at everything!  So we chose the videos that I could get away with – without being an “expert.” Today we shot 5 videos with a thank you note theme – how and when to send, etc.  In some cases, I was creating, memorizing, and delivering lines on the spot.  It was a lot of fun.  And I will be involving other talented people when I can.  We already involved some magician friends of mine!

I hope to be able to share some links with you soon, so you can see what it’s all About.  (See what I did there?)

Adventurously yours, Meghan

Through Virgin Eyes

I am headed to Manhattan for a weekend trip Friday. I always love my NYC visits. I was just in Queens on New Year’s Eve and saw Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown with Patti LuPone  in its final weekend on Broadway. The weather was perfect for walking around, and everyone seemed to be in the New Year spirit. But, this weekend will be extra special. I get to see New York through virgin eyes.

The person I am traveling with has been to Manhattan before, but not as often as me and never with me in tow. (They’re in for a treat, no?) We are staying practically in Times Square. Bring on the bright lights, the crowded streets, and that unique feeling of Manhattan in winter. We are doing the theater thing: standing in line at TKTS for half-price tickets, seeing a few shows, and making a special post-show stop (no spoilers, sorry). And there will be a few other Meghan-tailored surprises, considering it’s their birthday Sunday. One exceptional delight will be drink…or 3…with the bitchiest waiter I know.

Does anyone have show recommendations or reviews to share? La Bete, Time Stands Still, Angels in America, and Billy Elliot are at the top of my list. Please comment with ideas of what to see or what to stay away from.

Start spreading the news, Meghan

The Bed is the New Desk

You always hear things like, “gray is the new black” or “50 is the new 40.”  Well, I’m here to tell you that the bed is the new desk.  I’ve been working from bed on and off all day.  Yes, I showered. I’m not in pajamas. I even left the house for a lunch meeting.  But hey, my bed is comfortable. I paid a lot of money for it.  And why not work from bed if you can?

I have been researching topics for my first arts segment with Connecting Point. I will be filming this Friday and the segment will air January 13th at 7:30PM…well, sometime in that half hour time slot.  I can hardly contain my excitement, and I am pumped for Friday!  I landed my first guest, and I have to say I am pretty proud of myself.  I will tell you all about it after we film the segment Friday.  I am planning a little behind the scenes vlogging too.

Well, I have to get back to bed,  Meghan