I met country music artist Ali Dee through my contact at Charlie 1 Horse, the company that gives me my cowboy hats. We hung out together at a Dallas Mavericks game, where she was a TV host while starring on the CMT reality show "Texas Women."
One day, she texted, asking if I wanted to be in the video for her single, "Just a Broken Heart." You do anything for your friends so I said, "Yeah, sure."
I asked her if one of my buddies, Brett Bortle, could direct it. He's a really talented director so he did a good job, and it was pretty easy doing what I had to do. It was comfortable because we did it on our own, and we made it up as we went.
Working with friends like Ali and Brett made it fun, and I got a chance to help direct it. They had a script, but I was also able to say some other things and include my own input. Really and truthfully, there were only two guys working the cameras, Brett and a cameraman.
At the end of the video, I had to call Ali, who played my ex-girlfriend, and act like I was upset that she left me. That's actually my bed so I was able to shoot part of the video in my own bed.
Austin Dillon shoots 'Just A Broken Heart' video in his bed with director Brett Bortle filming the scene
We used my barn at the house and the race shop. I drove the Camaro a few times and spun the tires on it. It was really cool for our sponsors. I got to pull out the American Ethanol show car. I wore Wrangler jeans and Justin Boots.
If an opportunity arises, like it did with this video or a guest appearance earlier this year on the ABC drama "Nashville," I'll do anything. They're fun. I've learned that it's much easier to do a video with a smaller group like we did.
I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did shooting it. Check out some behind-the-scenes photos below.
Ali Dee stands next to the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing American Ethanol Chevrolet SS.
Ali Dee kisses the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing American Ethanol Chevrolet SS as director Brett Bortle looks on.
Ali Dee and Austin Dillon roll the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing American Ethanol Chevrolet SS out of the RCR garage.
Ali Dee looks under the hood of l the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing American Ethanol Chevrolet SS as Austin Dillon looks on.
Ali Dee tries on on of Austin's fire suits as director Brett Bortle looks on