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Behind the Scenes . . .

The Magic Corner . . .

The magic corner in my bedroom studio . . . or “bedudio” as I like to call it . . .

I recently had lunch with a few creatives and we got to talking about the ins and outs of running a fashion business. We talked a lot about social media, and how it is playing a crucial role in our businesses in different ways. One of the women in the group asked me who takes the photos for my instagram account. I kind of chuckled when she asked me, because at the moment, having someone else photograph + curate my Instagram account is not something I can do, but I was flattered that she thought the images were something I was outsourcing. I explained to her the reality of my photography set up which usually consists of the following . . .
1. bedroom floor
2. window (I use natural light only)
3. products and
4. cell phone to snap the shot.
I dream of the day when I am able to shoot my collection in a studio, with light boxes, backdrops and props, but for now this is what I have and I make the best of it, and thats what a lot of creatives are doing. The thing is, we usually just see the end result… the perfectly staged photo or scene. We don’t always see what it takes to get the shot. Since I am usually shooting when the kids and Rob are at school, theres no one to take a pic of me balancing on the edge of my bed and shooting down on top of the bags, or crouching down to get the shot while trying to keep my feet and knees from making a guest appearance in the corners of the image. It’s pretty amazing what we can create with our phones and laptops these days. It’s also amazing to see how it’s done. I’ll be sharing a little more of the behind the scenes process in the coming months.

Have a fab Thursday, peops!

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Behind the Scenes | The Young & The Restless Wardrobe Dept.

Y&R_WardrobeCloset1_thelookbookphilosophy.com.jpg The thoroughly organized wardrobe closet was a blatant reminder of what a poor job I am doing with my own measly closet at home! If you could see what my closet looks like . . . it’s absolutely ridiculous to say the least. That’s why I love other people’s closets. But I digress…

Y&R_SewingRoom1a_thelookbookphilosophy.com.jpg Did you know that Y&R is one of the few shows that actually has their own costume rental department ? . . .

Y&R_Wardrobe1_thelookbookphilosophy.com TheresaB_thelookbookphilosophy.com Costumer + celebrity stylist, Theresa Broadnax

Liz_Missy_Me_thelookbookphilosophy.com Elizabeth Hendrickson, Missy Egan + Moi on set . . .

Last week I had the fun experience of spending the day behind the scenes of The Young & The Restless with friend and fellow blogger, Theresa Broadnax. Before I go any further, I just have to give a shout out to Theresa. We’ve only recently met, but we have connected on a several levels, both creatively and fundamentally. I think it is so wonderful when women can come together and support each other in their endeavors. I’m really glad God placed her in my life. Theresa is a costumer for the wardrobe department of The Young & The Restless, as well as a designer, make up artist, and celebrity stylist. This woman lives and breathes fashion and creativity. There was much to talk about as she showed me around CBS studios, introducing me to her friends and co workers. Many of them faces we see on our TV screens every day. Theresa has worked on Y&R for ten years, though she first started at CBS on the Tyra Banks Show. She was even awarded an Emmy for her work on the show!

The Young & The Restless is one of America’s longest running soap operas. In fact, they recently celebrated 41 years on CBS. To say the least, my visit to the studios was a treat. I got a full tour of the wardrobe department & sewing room, the “double decker” wardrobe closet, the sound booth and was also able to sit in on a scene taping with Elizabeth Hendrickson, who plays “Chloe Abbot,” and Melissa Claire Egan, who plays “Chelsea Lawson.” The whole “behind the scenes” aspect of television is just as interesting to me as the part we, as the audience, get to see every day. I enjoy watching the actors pour life into the words in their scripts . . . and from a clothing standpoint, it is really a treat to be able to see the characters through their wardrobes. 

The Young & The Restless has a wardrobe team of 7. The team is responsible for selecting, cataloging, creating, shopping for, preparing and maintaining the wardrobe of the regular cast of the show, as well as the extras and special guests. It is a job that requires strict organization and attention to detail. When filming scenes, there are always a minimum of 2 people from wardrobe on set to keep track of the outfits and accessories worn during the scene, as well as the placement of these items on set. Since actors can go through many takes, it is imperative to take note of what is worn in each scene, especially since a scene may need to be picked up or added on to later. Y&R films approximately 40-50 scenes per day, which averages out to 100-110 pages per day. That is a lot to keep track of wardrobe wise. I happen to be one of those people who gets a kick out of spotting a mistake on film, but I would hate to be the one responsible for it! 

17_will_best_friends_chloe_elizabeth_hendrickson_and_chelsea_melissa_claire_egan_be_able_to_work_together_admist_all_the_chaos_in_their_lives Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) in Sachi + Babi, and Missy Egan (Chelsea) in BCBG. Image courtesy of cbs.com

Random Fact* Soap Operas got their name due to the fact that the first major sponsors of these shows were mostly soap manufacturers (Proctor & Gamble, Palmolive etc.) so the media began to refer to them as Soap Operas. I really wanted to know why they used the term opera… but I didn’t find any info on that aspect of the name.

A few images of more fun things I saw while visiting CBS Studios . . .

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Seeing how other creatives work is a driving force in my creativity. Not sure why, but the workspaces of other people have always been something that I am drawn to. I hope you enjoyed the tour! xx

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