It’s 3:00am and I’m headed from my hotel to the HSN studios. It’s kind of amazing – HSN is open and fully staffed for 24 hours a day. There really is no down time. When I arrive I’m greeted by the production assistants at the studio entry. They’re an upbeat group of people who do their best to remember the names of all of their guests even though some of us are only around a few times a year.
Next I head down the hallway and into the sample room where I pull the items I will show on air. They are stored on large carts that are labeled with letters of the alphabet. Each letter represents an hour of the day. Today, I’m working on the “H” show – on air time is 7am-7:59am.
Craft days are quite busy as there are many more guests than on a regular HSN day. All the regular gals are buzzing around the hall getting their show tables set up. Holly Fossen, Beth Kingston, Lisa Bearnson, Amber Kemp-Gerstel, Sara Davies and Anna Griffin are all working on their show tables in the long hallway.
Show tables are lined up against the wall. Each table is marked with a show hour and product numbers. There’s a full crew of people who map out the hallway to ensure they will know exactly where to find each table as the show time comes up on the schedule. All of the tables are on large casters so they are easy to push, but steering them through the hallway is not an easy task.
Once my tables are set up and ready to go, I’ll meet with the HSN host I’ll be appearing with on air. Today it’s Tamara Hooks and Callie Northagen. The show hosts know the products well and have spent time researching and reviewing our company and our product line.
Next stop, the salon. The team in the salon are charged with making all of us look great, even though some have been up for nearly 24 hours. They do an amazing job. 45 minutes later I emerge from the salon with a fresh face (10 years younger looking than my real face) and well-styled hair. Next stop, my green room.
A quick change, added jewelry and I’m headed back to the PA desk to get mic’ed up. This isn’t an activity for the modest among us. Production assistants need to be sure your mic will stay where they put it, that usually means tucked into your bra strap. So dresses are unzipped, blouses are raised and bras are revealed.
On to the studio. Have I mentioned how cold it is? The AC runs non-stop to keep all of the equipment cool. That means I’m usually wearing jeans, a sweatshirt and a down vest until I’m ready to slip into my show wardrobe. The studios are a series of stage sets arranged just a few feet from each other – not unlike your home, the craft room set flows into the living room set, the living room into the kitchen set, and so on. Through the magic of television it all flows seamlessly together.
Actual time on-air zooms by at a lightening fast pace.
After the show, tables are returned to the hallway where samples are repacked and replaced on the sample carts.
Ahh…off to the hotel for a little nap before my next show.
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