Southland stock agent stars in ad
"It's all about lighting and colours and background." Terry Cairns
A Southland stock agent has been left with more cheese rolls than he can eat after starring in a commercial for Fonterra about the southern delicacy.
Terry Cairns, and his 10-yearold grandson Will Cairns, feature in a recently made Fonterra commercial about cheese rolls made from Southland cheddar.
A born and bred Southlander, Cairns has been a stock agent for the past 35 years.
Cairns, a self-described technophobe who does not text, said his daughter-in-law Deanna Cairns sent through pictures of him and his grandson when Fonterra put out a casting call looking for grandfathers and grandsons.
The next thing he knew he got a call to come to an audition in Gore.
Those auditioning were asked to wear work clothes and when Cairns’s wife saw what he was wearing to the audition, she ‘‘went off her head’’, he said.
The dirtier the clothes, the more the production crew liked it, Cairns said.
Eventually, they were told they got the part and out of those who auditioned they managed to get the lines right.
Cairns had been on television before, when he was interviewed about his work as a stock agent, but he never thought he would be the star in an ad, he said.
The ad was shot out at Longpoint, near Owaka, and the filming took about six hours.
The whole experience had given him an appreciation for the work that went into making an ad, he said.
‘‘It’s all about lighting colours and background.’’
He held the same cheese roll in his hand for almost the whole six hours, he said.
The film crew were great to work with and there was a woman there who looked after his grandson in between filming takes.
He ended up with quite a lot of cheese rolls after filming, so next time there was a function, the cheese rolls would be on him, Cairns said.
So far, the ad had been well received and no-one had given him a ribbing about it yet, he said. and
Invercargill stock agent Terry Cairns with some Southland cheese rolls, Terry has featured, with his grandson Will Cairns, in a national Fonterra ad, where he mentions cheese rolls.