From our CEO: Joining the Harvard Sailing Team for a day without freaking out
We’ll admit it. Banking isn't that exciting. Especially if you have a big bank who doesn’t care about you. So we wanted to have fun with it. We partnered with the Harvard Sailing Team (an award-winning sketch comedy troupe famous for their hilarious videos) to create a song around the idea that many people feel like they’re stuck in a bad relationship with their big bank. To make the video extra awesome, we asked our CEO, Gabe Krajicek, to be a part of it. And although he’s neither an actor nor even a karaoke fiend, Gabe would do anything to promote Kasasa.
He wrote the post below to share what it was like to step outside his comfort zone and onto a movie set.
Check back on Monday the 29th to watch the video! UPDATE: Watch the video here.
Joining The Harvard Sailing Team For A Day Without Freaking Out
Post by Gabe Krajicek
Our internal team had persuaded the awesomely talented Harvard Sailing Team to create a video with funny megabank break-up scenarios. But here’s the kicker: they wanted me in it! I was to be an ACTOR (as I type this I’m thinking of Tobias from “Arrested Development”).
To get the full emotional impact of this situation, you kind of need to know a bit more about me: I’m a shy introvert. I don’t dance. I don’t sing. I’m not the funny guy in my circle of friends. I am wildly more comfortable in front of a spreadsheet than I am in front of a camera. So I was nervous, to say the least.
My Acting Debut (aka The Scariest Day Of My Life).
As I was getting dressed in my hotel room just outside of LA, I was petrified. To make matters worse, it was a 90-degree day, we were shooting outside, and I sweat so heavily when I’m nervous that it actually does qualify as a medical condition (hyperhidrosis).
Luckily I had a plan. I had brought extra antiperspirant. And I put it all over. As I was generously applying what I hoped would save me from public sweat-induced humiliation, I noticed that the stick of deodorant said “heat activated.” Then I noticed the ubiquitous wall-mounted hotel blow dryer. Eureka! I set the dryer to its hottest setting and slowly cooked every inch of my upper body until I could feel the antiperspirant harden a little. In my mind, this was a process similar to getting epoxy to set. When I was done, I was feeling pretty darn good about my ingenuity. I put on my bright polo shirt (the uniform I was instructed to wear) and off we headed to Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch where we’d be shooting.
Golden Oak Ranch Looms Ahead.
Now being that I’m from Texas, I know that a “ranch” should have livestock. This place had none. Cattle or not though, this was a cool place. “Little House on the Prairie,” “Dukes of Hazzard,” and “Back to the Future” were all shot here. And two of those were my favorites as a kid. (You can guess which two.) After driving through the ranch on the same roads that Rosco used to chase the Duke boys, we arrived at what appeared to be an abandoned small town’s Main Street. This is where we’d be shooting. Where I would have to act and sing. I feel a drop of sweat penetrate what I thought was a hermetically sealed barrier.
Luckily I wasn’t in the first scene so I could have a little time to see how things worked. It kicked off with Billy Scafuri breaking up with his megabank. After a few takes where he tenderly explained to his debit card, “this relationship is costing me too much,” the director asked him to improvise a few lines. Sadly these were too long for the made-for-TV piece, but they were ridiculously witty particularly when you consider that he was making them up on the spot. Observing this impressive display of comedic talent, perhaps combined with Billy’s unusually well developed bicep muscles left me feeling utterly inadequate. As I felt the fabric on my chest and arms moisten, I began to seriously question the veracity of the marketing claim “heat activated.”
My First Shoot.
In ten minutes, I would be up for my first shoot. My shirt was already soaked and I hadn’t even started. Not to worry, I had a back up baby blue shirt. Soon I was back on the set ready to lip sync the new Kasasa song.
The Harvard Sailing Team and I lined up and the crew brought out a little radio so we could hear the music. Thinking we’d have some time to rehearse together, I was quickly proven wrong when the director yelled, “Action!” So I’m standing there clumsily swaying while the professionals launch into a super animated performance. I haven’t felt so out of place since the day when, in a misguided effort to improve my eighth grade social standing, I wore my Star Trek The Next Generation uniform to class. (In case you’re wondering, far fewer people thought it was awesome than I expected).
It’s A Wrap!
After a few takes, I knew what to sing, and thanks to the diligent blotting from the stylist, we were able to get a good take. Not long after that I had to head off to the airport so that I could be at work in the morning to meet with some community banking executives. Ahhh, back to my comfort zone!
All hyperhidrosis aside, it was an awesome experience that I will never forget. The Harvard Sailing Team and video crew could not have been kinder or more welcoming to an amateur like me. I’m extremely pleased with the final takes. More importantly, I’m excited that we have created yet another way to tell America to break up with the megabanks and start banking with a local Kasasa provider.