The other day the Dr. Oz Show contacted me to be a part of an upcoming segment for the show. After several back-and-forth emails with a darling associate producer at the Dr. Oz show named Carly, she said I’d be a perfect fit. Arrangements were made and things happened fairly quickly after that. Next thing you know I’m told that the limo will be arriving to pick me up and bring me to the NBC studios where The Dr. Oz Show is taped.
I’m given instructions on what to wear to so I’ll look my best on camera. But also to bring some clothing options just in case there’s a conflict, like too many other guests show up in the same color. This whole experience is very interesting for me since I work on other television shows as a hairstylist/makeup artist.
Upon arrival, I’m curious to see what things are like on the flip side as a guest on another TV show. Of course, I go with hair and makeup ready, as we say in the industry.
Behind the scenes of a television show taping first of all, things are moving at a very fast pace . And secondly you can’t assume that the hairstylists are experienced styling African-American hair or that the makeup artists who are often Caucasian, will get the tones right with makeup on women of color. The makeup artist that worked on me definitely wasn’t too happy that I offered her to use my makeup that I brought along with me if she needed a shade or something. She looked down her nose at me and assured me that she wouldn’t be needing any of my makeup. She probably thought I had a cosmetic kit full of cheap drugstore makeup. Alrighty then, I’ll just shut up now makeup lady.
I was glad that the makeup artist only needed to touch me up a bit because my makeup was already good. Then it was into the hairstylist’s chair, she was a youngest one of the bunch in the hair/makeup room, she just gave my curls a bump or two and I was done in a flash.
Back to waiting in the green room. We are also on the same area where the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Show is taped. In the hallway I can hear what I’m pretty sure is the Roots Band rehearsing. And proof of this I see famous drummer of the band Quest Love emerge from the room and walk down the hallway, trademark pic in his Afro as always. Also a very tall well built black man is in the hallway who I later realize is the actor Terry Crews.
The television screen doesn’t do him justice, he is major HOTTIE in person, but also happily married and very much in love with his equally gorgeous wife.
I decided not to go the route of divulging to my fellow guests in the green room who were giddy with the excitement of it all and full of newbie questions, the fact that I work in the industry so I know how things go and what to expect. I try not to give myself away and avoid making comparisons to this gorgeous studio and the crappy one I used to work in. I kind of felt like I was undercover.
Anyway, the segment went very well. I’ll give more details soon when the show airs. Stay tuned….