Part of the job of working as an entertainment professional in Hollywood is being able to walk the Red Carpet. I don’t know about you, but I have been avoiding this aspect of my career, mainly out of fear.
It seems like most of the entertainers that we see flashing across- our television screens, and the pages of glossy magazines, were born with two feet firmly planted on that carpet, bedecked with jewelry, teeth shined to blinding brilliance.
“Red Carpet” sounds so rarefied and mysterious – only for A-List movie stars. But, given that one of my goals is to promote not only this newspaper, but also my endeavors as an entertainer, it seems wise to learn about this aspect of the publicity machine.
Over the summer, I decided to take a brand new workshop in Hollywood that teaches you how to be “Red Carpet Ready.” If that wasn’t exciting enough, the instructors are top-level, red carpet photographers (Kathy Hutchins and Dave Edwards), who boast a combined 50 years of experience shooting A-List movie stars, and more. After a full hour of ‘Red Carpet 101,’ you would then get a chance to shoot on the carpet, and take away 5 Digital Images.
Needless to say, I was stoked! Then reality set in.
They asked students to come to class in full make-up, with their wardrobe, and ready to take notes.
Note-taking, I was ready for. But I’m happiest in jeans, a t-shirt and no make-up. Figuring out how to get glammed up was not an exciting prospect – at all.
So I started with wardrobe instead.
I watched some tips that the instructors shared with ABC 7 News about what NOT to wear. After watching the video, I did the smart thing – and freaked out. Why? Because the colors they said not to wear were the only “dressy” clothes I had in my closet!
I decided the next step was to review my favorite Red Carpet pointers from Ms. in the Biz, including how to get your look together on a budget.
Then I realized I did not have a “budget.”
Pure panic setting in, I remembered that Red Carpet does not equal expensive ( see #5 on that groovy Ms. in The Biz article! ). Then I confidently headed to one of my favorite discount stores and found my dress for $30, then shoes and clutch for even less.
Finally, I headed online for make-up tips, and video tutorials – and noticed my entire make-up kit needs an overhaul. Sigh.
Since that wasn’t going to happen before the workshop, I made the best of what was there: black eye-liner for “smoky eyes,” some HD foundation, red lipstick, and a prayer.
Then it was time for class.
Kathy and Dave did much to make me immediately comfortable. Suddenly, being glammed up wasn’t a problem. In fact, it was fun.
Then they set to work sharing a brilliant, energetic presentation with insider tips that I could have never figured out on my own – ever. They went from the basics of how to get on the carpet, how to dress for the carpet, how to pose on the carpet and then how to make sure YOU get more press than the next guy ( or girl )!
My favorite was when they debunked my myth that Red Carpet is only for A-List stars. Photographers will absolutely shoot lesser known talent – and they gave specific examples of what grabs their attention, and gets them clicking!
Here was the result of my shoot. And to think that this marks the beginning of many more red carpets – I could not be more thrilled!
If you’ve been avoiding the bright lights of the Red Carpet, get some pointers from the best and take advantage of one of the most powerful publicity tools available to indie right now.
Next class is happening this Saturday, October 18th, 2014. Visit their website for more information, and their full upcoming schedule.
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