WARNER ROBINS -- Jen Zamora really, really wants a retweet from Taylor Swift, but she’ll be happy if the music video she created at work merely changes the lives of a handful of people.
Zamora was the chief instigator behind the Cantrell Center’s parody of “Shake It Off,” which recasts Swift’s music as a pro-health “Get In Shape” video.
Zamora figures a retweet by Swift on Twitter, the online social networking service, could bring a healthy message to tens of millions of people, but she’s glad the Cantrell Center video, released Friday afternoon, has already reached a couple thousand people. That can change lives, she says.
“Even the first verse talks about how easy it is to stay in an inactive lifestyle. Although it’s easier, it’s not better,” said Zamora, 28, the wellness administrative supervisor.
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The performance pulled together nearly everyone else at the Cantrell Center, about four dozen employees. In the video, staff members pop out of doorways or slap each other’s hands in a routine to the song’s beat. Some of the performances were solo, such as Ryan Campbell, a former Macon Whoopee player who’s now the center’s operations manager and race director.
“I’m the guy at the end that jumps up and touches his toes,” Campbell says. “And that only hurt for about three days.”
The music was mostly sung by Betty Cantrell and Lillian Huff, with Zamora joining in on a chorus.
Huff at one point sings, “Here’s what I’m doin’. Got this plan I’m usin’. You know you can do it. Just go on and take one day at a time.”
The video was shot on Zamora’s iPhone 5s and edited in iMovie to promote the Cantrell Center’s 5K race this Saturday. Campbell figures about 35 percent of participants have never been in a 5K, and the Cantrell Center invites other people to advertise their own 5K so participants are encouraged to run a 5K every quarter to stay healthy.
Huff said she was a thespian at Perry High and used to sing and dance a lot.
“I consider myself a performer. But I don’t do that at all any more,” she said, then paused a moment from her job. “This is my stage now.”
To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.