A DAY IN THE LIFE; By Isabelle Bright- Live to Ride
As part of a ongoing series, 2KGrey asks ambassadors to record a day in their lives. They will share their ups & downs, challenges & achievements and daily duties in their lives as equestrians. This week Isabelle Bright aka The Modern Equestrian, a 30 year-old rider & from Los Angeles, California who is juggling a career in the entertainment industry, riding and maintaining a popular equestrian blog.
After graduating college and entering the working world, it was important for me to continue to make time to ride and be involved with the equestrian community. In the urban landscape that is Los Angeles, I was lucky enough to find a barn only that’s only a few minutes’ drive from my apartment and from my work.
6:45 am: I turn off my alarm and take a few minutes to look at my phone before getting out of bed. Today is the last day of shooting for The Kominsky Method, a Netflix show I’ve been working on for the last few months. I don’t have to be into work until the afternoon so I made arrangements to ride beforehand.
7:15 am: I put on my riding outfit, fill up my water bottle, and head out the door to the barn. Today’s #ROOTD is a Kerrits white long sleeve and a pair of black 2KGrey breeches.
7:30 am: Grooming is therapeutic for me so I always arrive early to have time to groom and tack.
8:00 am: I walk Chance up to one of the barn’s three jump arenas to meet my trainer for our lesson.
9:00 am: After my lesson is over, I un-tack and head home to get ready for work. I had a great ride so I’m feeling energized for the day.
10:30 am: Showered, dressed, and headed out the door again to spend the rest of the day (and night) at work.
12:00 pm: After a brief check in to my office at Warner Brothers, I make my way to our shooting location for the day which is a café and a gas station about 15 minutes away in Studio City.
1:00 pm: But first, coffee.
2:30 pm: I didn’t have time this morning to post on my Instagram so in the time in between takes I post a photo of my ride earlier.
4:00 pm: We finish shooting our first scene in the café and now have to wait for it to get dark to shoot the remaining three scenes. Usually the best way to kill this kind of time is to eat.
5:45 pm: I hop on Instagram, respond to a few comments, and post a couple stories from set.
7:30 pm: The sun is finally down and it’s time for the crew to start prepping to shoot tonight’s scenes. They inflate a giant balloon that imitates moonlight and hoist it up in the air above the cameras.
9:35 pm: Another scene wrapped and waiting to start the next one. Someone people might think this is late to be at work, but for this kind of show it’s pretty average, even early.
10:00 pm: Whenever we’re on set at 10 pm I take a picture and send it to my mom with the caption “it’s 10 pm. Do you know where your children are?”
11:49 pm: We have wrapped our final day of shooting for the season. It’s late but everyone is taking time to hug and say their goodbyes since we don’t know when we’ll see each other again. I pack up my things and catch a van back to my car. It’s been a long day of riding and working and I’m ready to get in bed.
My job in television is demanding. Sometimes I work between 60-70 hours a week, but I make sure to never miss a ride. Being around horses is where I can clear my head and find my center. I’m fortunate that where I live gives me the opportunity to work and ride because I couldn’t do one without the other.