Jason Brown’s West Hollywood Experience

By Jason Brown

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The NBC/USOC media summit in Los Angeles marked the first Winter Olympic promo event of the year. Along with that, it was my first Olympic photo shoot. And let me just say, it was AMAZING! There were 96 winter athletes who were scattered across five days of activity. The skaters started shooting on the fourth day and were joined by a few people from other sports.

Before heading to the photo and interview shoots, we were told to bring a suitcase full of different clothes — what we’d wear for a night out, for workouts, our costumes, dressy clothes, casual clothes and anything else we wanted that shows off our individual personalities. Who knew we’d have to pack so much for one day?

There were about 15 different sets that we visited throughout the day, but everyone started around 8 a.m. with breakfast, makeup and hair before venturing off to our different obligations. Then each skater went to a different station and rotated around throughout the day. At 9 a.m., we were off and running!

Every photo station had a completely different look and feel, so every 15 to 20 minutes we were taken to a whole new world. The central station featured a giant American flag. Go Team USA! The other setups ranged from super colorful to just plain white and everything in between — like a Game of Thrones-inspired chair made of winter sports equipment. There was even a photo shoot where I got to choose between posing with a baby goat, a golden retriever puppy, two little pugs, a piglet or a kitten. How do you pick just one? While everything was amazing, for me, the best part was the people running each shoot. It was so much fun getting to know and work with everyone.

To accompany the June/July cover story, Jason Brown shared his own thoughts about the Hollywood experience. Read his full blog in SKATING magazine.