i have made a LOT of compilation videos in my life.
places, trips, weeks, months, years, etc...
videos have always been my scrapbooks.
i thought it might be fun to go through all my old youtube videos (there's 381!!! WHUT?!)
and post all the compilation ones here... no matter what they were, or who was in them...
it can be painful to see people who hurt you, or people we've loved who are no longer in our lives -
but it can also be REALLY empowering to think about everything we've overcome
and all the GOOD things that have happened to us, and all the ways we've helped ourselves.
so - i'm gonna post them all here - (well, there are tons more from before there was youtube,
but i wouldn't have a clue how to upload a vhs to a website ;D) no matter what they are. the PERSONAL ones... i've made a ton of compilation videos for work and stuff, too... but i'll just stick to my non-self-promoting ones.... (except for the first one).
ooof! let's reminisce, 2007 - 2016!
SHELLY BORT PRESENTS, INC
ohhh boy. ksteff and i made this back in 2006 or 2007... it made it on the internet in 2007...
it was a kind of long "commercial" mixtape for my theatre company Shelly Bort Presents :D
i haven't watched this in foreverrrrr... i'm scared......
and oh- if you get confused whilst watching this (like i did) because you know i actually started SBP in 1996, i figured it out - katie and i are talking about when we became incorporated... in 2006. the whole video i was like "a YEAR? what the heck are we talking about?!" i started shelly bort presents as a piano lesson studio when i was just a teenager... then in my 20's i traveled all over putting together reviews under the name "shelly bort presents". but in 2006 when katie came on board- i decided to turn it into a real "business", and THAT is what we're talking about. it took me the whole video to figure out what the heck we were referring to... since we were only "shelly bort presents, inc." for 2 years, i'd forgotten all about what a huge deal we made of it! lol :D oh ksteff... i adore you.
WHEN I FIRST SAW YOU
this is a compilation of photos from some of my favorite love movies, set to a song from Dreamgirls! LOLLLLLL justin and i were OBSESSED with the movie when it came out.... i think we saw it 5 times in the theater...
THE LUFRETAS MIXTAPE
back when Shelly Bort Presents was in it's hayday, we did a valentine's show where katie, kendra, sam and i formed a girl group called "The Lufretas". (lufreta is a woman at my parents church and she is super cool and we just loved her name, so we named ourselves after her...) and we had SUCH. A. BLAST. together. those were some of the best years of my whole life...
SHE LOVES ME - OUTTAKES
omg, now THIS is embarrassing. back in the day, i was friends with a fellow youtuber named chris commisso, and he makes incredible music. this was my favorite song of his, so i conned a few boyfs into making a video with me :D you can see the actual music video we did here, but here is the outtakes compilations ;D
HAIRSPRAY IS NOT FOR AMATEURS
sam and i used to make a lot of videos together. here's one we made a year or two after doing Hairspray, trying to remember all the dances, and still sing all the songs like we did in our production. we almost died that night...
SILLY SILLY OUTTAKES
here's another outtakes video, i'm not sure what is in it - probably just lots of shots of josh and me laughing at each other. we used to do that for a living...
MTV'S MADE OUTTAKES
did you ever see this video josh and i made? still one of my all time favorites. here's a compilation of outtakes from THAT gem... these make me laugh harder than the actual real video...
MY LIFE IS A MUSICAL
still one of my favorite videos i ever uploaded... my life is still like this... my life will ALWAYS be a musical ;D <3 <3
MY FAVORITE FACES, PART 1
i used to make these compilation videos of all my favorite moments of the past few weeks...
i recently started doing it again :D only now i include a lot more than just whoever i'm hanging out with...
because... ahem... i don't hang out with anyone anymore... so they're mostly just videos of where i'm driving. ahem. i made 3 of these "favorite faces" videos, and most of these people aren't even in my life anymore, haha. it's funny to think about the abundance of people who move through your life in the matter of a few years, isn't it?!
FAVORITE FACES, PART 2
already explained. you're welcome.
I LOVE JOEL MCHALE.
i actually remember making this video!!! it was the very day i learned how to download other videos off youtube, ha! STEALER. i love this video. i will love joel mchale until my dying day <3
THE ROOFIE OUTTAKES
remember when i moved to london in 2008?
the night before i went, my best friend came over and we made a "sending me off" video, where we sang a song. it was supposed to be funny. it was hysterical. it was so hysterical, in fact, that it took us about 3 hours to make a 20 second video. i had this idea that we should sing "tonight i celebrate my love for you". but john should sing it up high like a woman, and i should play the man, and while he was drinking - i'd slip pills in his water. DRUGGING SOMEONE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM. HILARIOUS. don't know why we thought that was funny, but it was. probably because it was actually gel capped vitamins that i was slipping him, and they kept breaking open in the water so it was like he was drinking slime, and we could NOT. STOP. LAUGHING. still one of my all time favorite nights of my whole life <3
FOR BUGGIE FROM AUNTIE SHELLY
this is the first video i ever made bug <3 since this video - i have made her a music video of every single time we've ever been together. and every time we're together - we watch them all :D i think it's a big part of what keeps us so close. she was 3 here, and i had JUST moved back from london. i missed her so much, i think it was about 2 days after i came home that i took off again to see her. and ever since this trip - we haven't been apart for more than a few months at a time <3
MY FAVORITE FACES, 3
this one is rough. loooooootta people i had to cut out of my life in this one, haha. well, live and learn!
THE BAXTER & PAPA OUTTAKES
omg. i don't even remember making this.
i made many many videos of rosie and me, but i'm kind of afraid to watch this one! LOL!
it can't be as bad as i'm thinking, right? dude..... i need to send this to her. this is ridiculous :D :D :D :D
i think i just cried 15 times watching this... FROM LAUGHTER, not from sadness. from laughter.
have you seen scary movie 2? that's what we're trying to do the whole time... and to this day - we can't make it through without dying. this video is just basically 10 minutes of why rosie and i will be eternally married. enjoy.
VLOG A DAY: LOOK UP
so. wayyyyy back in the youtube days, people used to do this thing called "a vlog a day", which is basically just a video montage of every day of a week, or month, or however long they choose. i did it for a week, and almost died. IT TAKES SO MUCH TIME. but i did it once back then, and this was the last day... it's also another little compilation of the first 15 days rosie and i ever spent together, plus some other stuff that was happening around then, too. i always think that we can up with the phrase "look up" that is so popular now, because everyone lives on their cell phones. i always used to say "think of what you'd miss if you never looked up..." meaning - the beauty of the earth. but now it means something else, and whatever. BUT WE THOUGHT OF IT FIRST! :D
ZAK RESNICK IS: THE PAINTING CREEPER.
ok. we've come to one of my favorite videos of one of the funniest nights of my entire life. i was in NY with some friends, and i was making this video series called "Thou Shalt Sin". i was making an episode with natalie weiss, so i asked all the other performers i was hanging out with on that trip to improv a little something about how i was a better singer than her. this was filmed at jonathan reid gealt's apartment where he had this WEIRD painting of a fat naked lady, and zak decided that he wanted to film his thing next to the painting - and we could NOT. GET. THROUGH. A. TAKE. he was SO obsessed with that painting- and jonathan and i couldn't handle it. we were all WEEPING. literally weeping. i actually thought i was going to throw up at one point in the evening, i laughed so hard. eventually i had to leave the room so he could do it. i miss those boys </3
VLOG: a bunch of random stuff
i used to do these update vlogs when i was traveling and performing a lot... and this is one of them.
there's a lot more, but i am just picking one randomly to share, haha :D it'd be boring to post them all.
MY LIFE LATELY
this is another compilation catch up vlog, but i think it's got some pictures and stuff in it too... it might be boring, sorry. i'm not watching these as i post them! i'm just posting them, and then once this blog is live - i'll watch them all with you :D
JUNIPER THE WONDER DAWG
this is when we had had her for only a few months... omgggg.... these were some of the happiest days of my whole entire life. ohhhh junebug <3 <3 <3
2010 IN REVIEW
this one's hard to watch </3
FOR MY BEST FRIEND, 2011
i went through some rough stuff at the end of 2010 and then in 2011 and 2012. my best friend was there for me every step of the way, and i think i just made this little video to tell him i love him :D
TMI TUESDAY: JOHN ROBERT POWERS
i don't even remember making these videos. but there is an ENTIRE SERIES of them!!!
wuuuttttt!!!!!! i'm just going to upload one of them because they're not really compilation videos, but kind of they are because they're me telling stories and they're all chopped up... i don't know. they're all hilarious, i watched a few.... i was delightful back then.
SO CUTE: Original
okay. we've come to my favorite compilation series i've ever done. it's called "so cute".
i'm a big fan of people who describe everything as "so cute"... especially if they used a fargo accent...
so one year i decided that everywhere i went and everything i did would be "so cute", and i'd film it all.
i did it at home, walking the dog, in chicago, in new york, on buses, on airplanes... anytime something was going to happen that was going to be embarrassing, i'd get out my camera and film myself saying "so cute", and i made everyone else do it, too. i thought it was hilarious.
it was actually the most irritating thing i've ever done in my life.
and that's really saying something...
SO CUTE: CHICAGO EDITION
SO CUTE: SANTA CRUZ
SO CUTE: SAN FRANCISCO
SO CUTE: HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS, L.A.
AWKWARD DANCE PARTAY: S&BB
one of my favorite videos EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. ever ever ever. i need to make more of these.
this is the best. a good palate-cleanse after the friggin "so cute" debacle... there's nothing i love more than bad dancin' like an idiot.
yes, yes, yes, i know. i am 13 years old (STILL, TO THIS DAY!) when it comes to these two.
i made this back when i was REEEALLY obsessed with them, when they were still babies. cute little babies in love... and they gave me hope, and broke my heart <3
THE FIRST DAY OF FALL, 2012
i make these videos all the time... they're my favorite kind to make. just a little video, about a little day, where not much happened - except that it was beautiful <3
GOOD MORNING 2013 :D
i LOVE making videos the first day of a new year... i think this was the first one i ever uploaded, though i have done this since i was a teenager... not every year, but most years... sometime i should edit all the footage together and make a first day of every year of my life video... woahhhh.....
ok, this one isn't very delicate. in 2012 i downloaded this app to make fart noises... i'm not a perfect human. i thought it was funny... for a night... then i deleted it. here's a compilation video of me hearing all the sounds for the first time...
NEW YORK 2013
in spring of 2013 i went to new york to see friends... and it was my favorite trip i've ever taken there... and everytime i've gone - it's been amazing. so it's really saying something to have a favorite time. it was magical <3
MORNINGS ARE THE BEST, 2013
2013 is when i finally started to come out of my depression and i was feeling very lucky to be alive and surrounded by my family and friends and dogs... so i made a lot of appreciation compilation videos that year :D here's another one of the dogs, haha :D
2014 IN REVIEW
from mid 2013 - to the first month of 2015, i didn't upload anything to youtube but musical stuff. this was the first personal video i shared in over a year. and oof - it's a doozy. i remember making this thing... all year i took a ton of video, and chipped away at this month by month. i went through like, 100 versions of it... but it finally turned into this, and it still makes me cry. 2014 was absolutely one of the greatest years of my life. i mean, every year is... but 2014 is a year i will never freaking EVER forget... something very magical happened when i started to believe in myself, again <3
TRIP TO NASHVILLE, Jan. 2016
and then after that video - i didn't upload anything else in 2015. i took a break until february of this year, when i uploaded this video of my time in nashville with my best friend :D we had planned to take a big road trip - but we got snowed in by the biggest storm they'd had in 20 years, instead. it was beautiful :D
DRIVING TO SONORA, Feb. 2016
before i left for nashville, i'd accepted a musical director job up in sonora for this spring. when i got back into town, i started driving up to sonora every day to work on cowgirls :D this is a compilation video of some of the beautiful scenery around that time... that last sunset is a real doozy.... i'll never forget it.
MARCH 2016 IN REVIEW
i decided, after chronicling my nashville trip and the february sunsets - that i would do a compilation video of every month this year, instead of one big one at the end of the year... so this is the latest video i have up on youtube :D i hope you've enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me :D
to check out the rest of the videos i'll be uploading this year, or to check out any past ones, click here :D
but i've decided i'm going to do more of these "trip down memory lane" blogs... maybe i'll do one of all my old vlogs next... or all the skits we used to do... there are some real gems out there :D
i miss those days <3