Archive for the ‘Work’ Category


Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

I have returned back to Chicago after being gone for two months working on a movie in Shreveport, LA and Salt Lake City, Utah. Updates to come soon!

The day I met a Malnati.

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza | SpikeTV |

I worked on this segment of Food Dude where I learned the art of making a Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza. The best part was that they fed us pizza for lunch!


Monday, July 13th, 2009

On Saturday, I worked with EXTRA for my first shoot with NASCAR at the 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL. Clearly, I’m a newbie in this picture because I wasn’t aware you couldn’t wear shorts in the garage and pits, and I had to buy a pair of ridiculous sweat pants just so I could do my job. Great look, huh? The segment I worked on was with Carl Edwards and should air on EXTRA this week.

Rain out.

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

I was suppose to be working with Ellen who was going to be at the Crosstown Classic between the White Sox and the Cubs but the game was called off due to the weather. More than anything, I was looking forward to watching free baseball. Oh well.

He works hard for his money…

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Sometimes, you work a job and a thought comes over you, “Wow, I’m getting paid for this!” That’s sort of how I felt after I was standing a foot away from Derek Rose as he received his Rookie of the Year award. You see, last night I was at the United Center working with TNT/NBA for the Chicago Bulls/Boston Celtics playoff game. Our job was to get a feel for the game which was easy when during the game, you were stationed right on the court. Check out my vantage point:

At one point during the first half, the Celtics’ Rajon Rondo fell right on top of my cameraman, Steve. Both Rondo and the Steve were a bit banged up but it was Rondo who got it worse, bashing his head against the camera’s lens. He looked straight at me like saying, “Man, that hurt!” I heard the collapse got mentioned during the game coverage.

However, the best look I got was from the man himself, Mr. Derek Rose. I know it sounds silly, but I swear that during the game when he was a few feet from me, he looked straight down at me, and then over at my shirt. I was wearing a University of Memphis shirt!

During the half, we interviewed John Calipari about his thoughts on Rose. He didn’t notice my Tigers shirt but it was a bit hidden by my Media Pass. We were having audio frequency issues at the time, so I had to hard wire the microphone for the interview. If I hadn’t been stressed at the moment, I probably would have enjoyed the experience more. I do remember him saying that his favorite Rose moment as a Tiger was during the Michigan State game in the `07 NCAA tournament. And that all the success hadn’t gotten to his head.

After the game, I caught Calipari talking with Rose backstage. The photo is blurry but you get the idea:


Unfortunately, it was not much of a game. In fact, the Celtics won the game 106 – 87. Ouch.

A few kind words…

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Shotgun Stories

I received some kind words from the folks over at Hammer To Nail for my audio work on the feature film, Shotgun Stories. You can check out the article here.

End of the Year – lists

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

So, we’re back home. And it was a great holiday break (short sleeves, really?) But as always, even though it seemed like we were always visiting, we still didn’t manage to see everyone. Hopefully, we will see all those we missed on our next trip back South. Of course, I took photos, which I will load on Flickr today or tomorrow. Until then, I thought it would be appropriate to end the year with a few End of the Year lists. So, here we go:

Top 10 Favorite Songs of 2008
10. Dent May – Meet Me In The Garden
9. TV on the Radio – Family Tree
8. Silver Jews – Strange Victory Strange Defeat
7. The Avett Brothers – Murder in the City
6. Bon Iver – Re:Stacks
5. Arthur Russell – Love Is Overtaking Me
4. Breathe Owl Breathe – Playing Dead
3. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
2. Destroyer – Foam Hands
1. Vic Chesnutt – You Are Never Alone

Top 10 Concerts of 2008
10. (tie) Harlan T. Bobo – Schubas/Caleixco – Millennium Park
9. Dolly Parton – Chicago Theatre
8. Ornette Coleman – Chicago Jazz Festival
7. Radiohead – Lollapalooza
6. Jarvis Cocker – Pitchfork Music Festival
5. Magnetic Fields – Old Town School of Folk Music
4. Girl Talk – Lollapalooza
3. Animal Collective – Pitchfork Music Festival
2. Bill Callahan – Millennium Park
1. Andrew Bird – Millennium Park
Honorable Mention: Vanilla Ice – Cans

Top 5 Cities Visited (work related) in 2008
5. New York
4.New Orleans
3. Charleston
2. Boston
1. Reno/Lake Tahoe

Top 5 Places Visited (non work related) in 2008
5. Mount Horeb
4. Memphis
3. Nashville
2. Greers Ferry
1. McGregor/Prairie du Chien

Top 5 Celebrities met in 2008
5. Bill Rancic
4. Mark Wahlberg
3. Garrison Keillor
2. Cookie Monster
1. Svengoolie

Top 10 Tourist Stops of 2008 (in no particular order)

  • Mustard Museum in Mount Horeb
  • Sears Tower Skydeck
  • Architecture Boat Tour, Chicago
  • Hopper/Homer Exhibit at the Art Institute
  • Fenelon Place Elevator Cable Car in Dubuque, IA
  • College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, IN
  • Cafe du Monde in New Orleans
  • Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque, IA
  • Cheers Bar in Boston
  • Weird Chicago Tour

Top 5 Most Memorable Moments in 2008 (other than Obama)
5. Sox win the AL Central.
4. Apryl graduates from IIT.
3. Eva gets cancer. And is okay.
2. The Tigers play in the NCAA Finals.
1. McKenzie Hayden Madden is born.

Top 5 Favorite Personal Photos of 2008 (in no order)

Sox seats


Lake Tahoe

Apryl Graduate

house show

Perhaps more lists to come later. Perhaps not. Either way, here is a selection of other photos from the past year. Goodbye 2008!

Sox Win!

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Hayden at The Cell

If nothing else, we can say we weren’t swept!

My View

This was my view for the first six innings of the ballgame. That means I got to be a part of the exciting fourth inning when the Sox loaded the bases and brought home Thome, Konerko, and Griffery Jr.

Sox fans!

While Wrigley is a great place to watch a ballgame, the Cell is a far easier place to work. Access into the stadium is extremely easy and the rooms are very spacious. Unlike the claustrophobic media room at Wrigley, the Cell’s media room is an auditorium. And while there was a boxed sandwich lunch for the media at Wrigley, it was food stations inside a lounge at the Cell. Quite different.

Before the game, we got one interview with Nick Swisher in the Sox dugout. At the end of the game, we weren’t able to grab any of the players on the field, so we had to go in the clubhouse to get sound bites from Ken Griffey Jr. and Gavin Floyd. So, I got to walk onto the field, hang out in the dugout, watch the game, get fed, and spend time in the clubhouse. All in a day’s work! Seeing as tickets (if you were lucky enough to purchase them at regular price) were running at $50 on the low end, I feel rather lucky!

Today, the Sox will hope to stay alive once more with Game 4 against the Tampa Rays. Go Sox!

And because you can’t get enough of batting practice, here we go once more:

My baseball career

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Hayden working at Wrigley

Here I am working at the first game of the Cubs vs. Dodgers NLDS at Wrigley Field. For most of the game, I was in the media room watching the game. But at the end, I got to sit behind the plate in the 10th row!

Hayden in 10th roll

The Cubs lost 7 – 2.

Tomorrow night, I will be working at the second game of the series. And then this weekend, I will be working at both the Brewers vs. Phillies game in Milwaukee and the White Sox vs. Rays at the Cell. Go White Sox! Actually, go Cubs, Brewers, and Sox since that means more jobs for me!

Here’s a short video clip of the Cubs’ batting practice before last night’s game:

I’ve Been Working

Sunday, August 31st, 2008


I had a good shoot in Reno last week. The best part, though, was when we went out to Lake Tahoe for an amazing dinner at the Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant. Absolutely, the best shrimp and lobster bisque I have ever had! And what a view!

Lake Tahoe

More Reno/Lake Tahoe photos here.

When I got back home, I had a shoot the next day with Stephen Baldwin. Yes, that Baldwin.