Chelsey Chesson stood Thursday in front of an audience that would terrify the average public speaker — a glaring camera, a scrolling teleprompter and a producer watching her every move through soundproof glass.
The Louisiana native adjusted her toes to the masking tape on the floor as the technicians loaded her prepared speech — a review of the Diane Keaton comedy "Because I Said So" — onto the screen below the camera. As Chesson took a deep breath, the floor manager told her to stand still and move her arms as little as possible during the take.
"I feel like Barbie, doing what I'm told," said Chesson, 18, who lives in Costa Mesa.
"Barbie's very popular," retorted the floor manager, John Cox.
The camera rolled, and Chesson delivered her scripted lines — "Moms, daughters, this is a great opportunity to spend quality time together" — three times in a row before the producer declared a perfect take. When she nailed it on the third try, the room broke into applause.