If Florida is the Sunshine state, then it seems only fitting that one of its brightest rays is a woman named Dawn.
I spent this past week filming a commercial spot for a client in Destin, Florida and I must confess: I’m not a fan of Florida. Humidity, tacky architecture and an endless sea of strip malls is not my idea of a dapper destination. Yes, the beaches are lovely. But when you turn back towards the shore and find yourself confronted with a wall of structural monstrosities that look like the perverse offspring of Walt Disney and Donald Trump, well, let’s just say I can find a lot of pretty beaches in prettier locations. So it was an unexpected surprise and a breath of fresh air to meet the lovely Dawn Hamil.
A self-described military brat and long-time Floridian, Dawn was our hair and makeup artist. Besides being exceptionally talented at her craft, Dawn brought with her a relaxed attitude that permeated the set. Something that is easy to forget when producing a commercial is that while there is often significant money on the line, we’re not curing cancer. Dawn kept the vibe light and easy without compromising professionalism.
She also had a wicked fashion sense and wonderful boots.
Talented stylist, up-and-coming actress, mother and wife – Dawn was a treat to work with and I’m delighted to have her as this week’s Monocle Monday.
You can follow Dawn at @DawnHamil. And you should.