I had quit school when I was 16 years old. I was already working full time for 2 years at a nearby restaurant. By the time I was 17, I was midnight manager and cook. This restaurant was franchising like crazy. When I had started there were only 3 stores. By this time they were going on 12. They had decided to make a commercial. I had just gotten off work and thought it would be cool to go check it out. When I showed up there were cameras all over the place. The owners were standing around talking. There were boom operators, and all kinds of people with headphones. I went into the kitchen to watch them prepare the food to be displayed. WTF! They were dipping tomatoes in mineral oil, they were stuffing jelly packets under the meat to fluff it up. They were spraying hairspray on things to give them more sheen. They would slice a whole case of tomatoes to get about 4 perfect slices. I was like "wow" are you serious? So after being amazed at that little venture, I went into the dining area. One of the owners treated me like the son he never had, and came up and put his arm on my shoulder. He was boasting about what a great cook I was and how well I was doing, etc. I felt pretty special, I won't lie. Then a guy came up and asked the owner who I was. He said,"That's my boy!" proudly. The guy says,"Do you want to be in the commercial?" I was like yeah I'll do that. So my job was to sit at the counter and act like a customer. They sat me next to this hot little redheaded hostess. She was to be my gf or date or whatever, in the commercial. So I took advantage of the opportunity and began chatting her up. We were so into talking to each other, we didn't even realize the cameras were rolling. They were taking little bits and pieces all day anyhow, so you never really knew for sure when they were shooting. At the end we all stood outside and they had a large boom overhead filming. They played some kind of jingle that we were all supposed to be singing. When I first got to see the commercial on TV, I was pretty surprised. I was front and center in about half of the 60 second spot. We were drinking coffee, a waitress came up and served us, we were at the cash register, it was pretty cool. You would never had known all the behind the scenes cosmetics by watching it. I had learned a lot about filming a commercial, and how easy it is to decieve the viewers.