Hello! It's been a whirlwind year, and I can't think of a better person to lead the way for me than Tim Gunn. I thought it would be fun to share with you the juicy behind-the-scenes details of filming the show and my experience with it!
How I got on Guide to Style
I saw a call for the show, and having never seen an episode, I didn't actually know that it was a makeover show. I just saw Tim Gunn's name and since, like a lot of women in America, I had a schoolgirl crush on him, I threw my hat in the ring. After the "audition" held in midtown Manhattan, I got cold feet. I wrote the talent agent, saying that I didn't feel like I was the right fit for the show and suggested some other women instead. She immediately wrote back and said that the producers liked the story of a concert pianist undergoing a major life transformation. She encouraged me to be open to the experience, so I took a deep breath and dove in.
First day of filming
The first day of filming was held in our apartment in uptown Manhattan. I was amazed at how they were able to transform 1000 square feet into a TV studio with about 40 people milling around. It was so much fun to see the producers and assistants with all of their equipment jammed into our second bedroom -- the size of some people's closets! Meeting Tim and Gretta was surreal. Tim's unassuming and humble demeanor and Gretta's warm spirit immediately struck me. I knew I was in good hands and was ready to get down to business! Off to a great start, right? Wrong. At about 11 AM, one of the producers pulled me aside and said that our co-op management was threatening to call the police because they didn't want the TV crew in our apartment building. Apparently, there was a misunderstanding between the production company and the co-op management about which papers were signed. And I was caught in the crossfire. For those who do not live in New York City, a co-op is a unique way of structuring the purchase of an apartment where you have a board that oversees building policies. Most often, the board members are your neighbors. You can't even imagine the drama that ensued! In one ear, I was hearing threats to call the police; and in the other ear, the producers were telling me that Gretta and Tim were waiting for me to start filming. In between takes of Tim telling me that baby doll dresses were a big no-no, I was running upstairs to my neighbor's home to respond to the management and trying to find a fast solution so they wouldn't get the police involved. This went on ALL DAY. To my knowledge, Tim and Gretta never found out about this. There was enough pressure to worry about! At about 8 PM, during the closet raid when they took all of my clothes, the police finally arrived and were stopped by a producer in the apartment building lobby. I knew that they were in the building while Tim and Gretta were taking my gowns, so, needless to say, I had a lot on my mind during that moment. I was told that the police left without incident. I guess they felt they had bigger fish to fry here in the city rather than try to bust Tim and Gretta for taking my clothes! Here are some random thoughts on the experience...