- 9:57 PM, Monday,
March 16th, 2015:
- And suddenly my
car breaking down last week and needing to reschedule
for today was an enormous stroke of luck. I just met
Kobe Bryant at the Starbucks next to his house.
- So the reschedule
was for 7am and it's over an hour drive. So
I took off around 5:30 and thankfully everything
worked smoothly and once I was on the rode? Man, it
was nice. Empty highways... thought I'd see the
sunrise, but even beat that! It was as relaxing a ride
as I've ever had in the Delorean. Of course the coffee
hit me mid-ride and I knew I had to pull into the
shopping center to destroy a bathroom instead of doing
it at the mansion. Just seemed unprofessional. I never
park this thing at public places but had little
choice. The crowd was instant. I rushed to do my
business, then came back out focused on the crowd.
I went out and turned on the car's lights as
people asked questions, etc. A guy came up to me and
said he was going to be working with me later as he
was directing the video. COOOOOOOOOL.
I said: "So this is really in Kobe's
- "Yup. He's right
- <points inside
Starbucks> "He's right there, man"
- KOBE WILL YOU PLEASE SIT IN MY CAR?
WILL YOU PLEASE TAKE A VIDEO WITH ME?
WILL YOU PLEASE BE ON HATS
CAN I LITERALLY ASK YOU 100
- I hate this
shit, because damnit - these really are once in a
lifetime opportunities. You never get Kobe Fucking
Bryant, ALONE, with no one around him, chilling in
public... but being in the professional arena for
things like this? There's literally nothing you can do
in a positive fashion in this situation without coming
off amateur. If you want an interview, you have to go
through agents/publicists and respect those channels.
Circumventing that is busch-league and will burn your
bridge. Asking for an autograph, no. Asking for
anything - or doing anything even remotely "Fan"?
Interestingly, 20 years ago, I was in a similar
situation with Michael Jordan. In the locker room as
part of the press and I gave two fucks. I hid a
jersey under my shirt, got him to sign it, took video
when I wasn't supposed to... Fire me. Burn me.
Throw me in jail, I was
GETTING THAT SHIT.
- The difference
now? I actually believe an ENORMOUS celebrity
will do "Hats & Minigolf". I think they will watch
it, laugh, and say "Why not... that's awesome." So I
wasn't going to risk that.
- Let me also add,
that it was extremely dark, pre-sunset, no lights
around the Starbucks and even had he stood next to the
car, I could never have gotten a quick video. He
was in all black as well, it was very clear that he
was sneaking in to get some coffee and then jetting
back into the early morning. So, here's what
- I walk up to him
about to grab his drink.
- "Did you see the
Delorean Time Machine out there?"
- "That's mine. I
just wanted to tell you that, smile and shake my head
- He does the Kobe
smile and chuckles.
- For whatever
reason, I realized that the only thing
I could really compare to all he represents in
those short few seconds? Was that car. I mean he
has to understand the audacity of the situation. He
knew there was a 10 year old kid inside me just
wanting to impress him. It's like the moment Butthead
tells the Flight Attendant he has a beer in their
movie. "Uhm, do you think this is awesome? Because,
I really want you to think this is
- Thankfully he did.
In fact as he walks out, he says just
- "Wow, that's
really awesome man. Nice job"
- He wisely used the
attention of the car to allow him to zip away
unnoticed to his SUV. I will make every effort to
contact his agent/publicist and see if I can at least
get a note to him about "Hats & Minigolf".
I mean, he's injured. He has a little downtime...
you never know. But he has to respect that
I didn't pull the normal fan shit. Had it been a
bit lighter though, I make no promises on my
- I get to his
neighborhood for the shoot and, yeah, it's remarkable
to say the least. Unbelievably the house we're
shooting at is one house away from Kobe's. Considering
the size of the neighborhood, this was pretty
spectacular. The shoot went well and while waiting for
everyone to get there, I saw the sun poking up
over the mountains. I quickly set up a static shot
across the street and when I got home to load the
footage? It was a dream...
- My goodness. Very
glad I got my full-frame 5D in time, because my
T3i would NOT have been able to handle that
lighting. The car would've been black. That was just
perfect timing and of course, the commercial wrote
itself once I saw the footage.
- So yeah, a pretty
magical day. A shoot at a ridiculously expensive
house, using the location for my own commercial... and
meeting Kobe. Ahh the adventures this car has