Having the opportunity to cover red carpet events is one of the perks that comes with being an Editorial Assistant Producer for Glam.com. There's definitely the glitz and glamour aspect of being surrounded by Hollywood's hottest, but preparing for an awards show and then actually covering it takes more than just a perfect blowout and the right Rent the Runway dress--it's about careful preparation, attention to detail, insightful interviews, and a smooth set of reporting skills. Follow me, Katherine Fotinos, from my pre-event jitters into my late night article writing session, as I cover the 16th Costume Designer Guild Awards, honoring the industry's leading movie and TV costume designers and stylists over the past year, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
I may have had a horrible night’s sleep (blame it on the pre-event nerves) but I look rested and glowing this morning. No, it’s not amazing genes, but rather a result of the Oxygen Therapy Facial I got last night at Organic Shimmer Spa in San Francisco. I’m in absolute awe, wasting time staring at my face in the mirror instead of getting ready for my busy day. The dark circles and bags that have long made a permanent residence under my eyes are gone, and my skin’s surface looks dewy, plump, and even-toned. I had heard that the SOMA spa specialized in this “temporary face lift” type of treatment in which oxygen infused A, C, E, hyaluronic acid, and lipids is penetrated into the deep dermal layer to stimulate collagen and reduce fine lines, but I didn’t realize just how effective it would be. Not a bad way to start my day!
After grabbing some coffee, I arrive at DryBar for a blow-out. I go with my favorite style—the wavy, beach inspired Mai-Tai.
With my hair looking fab, I rush home to grab my suitcase and the Rent the Runway garment bag holding my gown, stare at my face some more (sorry!), and apply another layer of hydrating moisturizer in preparation for my flight. Then, it’s off to the airport.
And it’s take off time! I relax into my seat for my hour flight from San Francisco to LA.
After checking into the Beverly Hilton Hotel, I go down to the pool for lunch and a brainstorming sesh in the sunshine. I go over tonight’s schedule, attendees, and my list of interview questions and topics.
One hour until go-time. I apply a sheer layer of Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere foundation and cover imperfections with theBalm’s Time Balm concealer. I decide to go for gold with a copper-metallic color from my theBalm eyeshadow palette, apply a bit of blush, bronzer, and lipgloss. Finally, I put on my silk-satin cream-colored maxi dress borrowed from Rent the Runway. It’s from Suno’s spring 2012 runway collection, a line of whimsical floral pieces I had fallen in love the year before. I note that the dress looks complete thanks to last night’s chemical free spray tan. My darker base ended up being the perfect shade to allow the beauty of the dress to stand out.
Downstairs, I check in at the media table and grab the press pass that will allow me to stand on the “red carpet." I make sure to have my iPhone ready for Instagram shots and my voice recorder app open too. In one corner of the room, a crowd of paparazzi is already getting rowdy.
Guests begin to arrive. I flag down James Wolk from The Crazy Ones, who has his mom on his arm, Mindy Project costume designer and CDGA president Salvador Perez, Enlisted’s Angelique Cabral, and American Hustle’s Elisabeth Rohm.
There’s a break in attendance and hotel workers swoop in to cut out the piece of the red carpet that’s rising up in front of me. The whole thing takes about two seconds. Boom—bumpy carpet gone. Behind the scenes magic!
More guests arrive, but it seems that most of the big stars are skipping the press line. I see an apologetic Kiernan Shipka quickly pulled away by her team, and Mindy Kaling makes a two second appearance before leaving. I do, however, get to talk to Teen Wolf’s Crystal Reed, Lacoste’s North American President and CEO Francis Pierrel, Career Achievement Award recipient April Ferry, and American Hustle designer Michael Wilkinson.
The red carpet begins to wrap up, but my night of reporting isn't over quite yet.
I make my way into the awards ceremony room and am happy to find dinner already at my place. Delicious salmon with honey soy ginger glaze, roasted potatoes, and brocollini—be still my hungry heart!
The awards show begins with an introduction from the evening’s host, Joshua Malina. From Jonah Hill to Raquel Welch, Kerry Washington, Bill Hader, Jeremy Renner, and Amy Adams, I jot notes throughout the night of presenters and detailed occurrences of the evening.
The evening ends and attendees quickly head for the door. I stick around in the Beverly Hilton hotel lobby to see if anything else exciting happens. I stop Kiernan Shipka and Amandla Stenberg for a couple quick questions as they leave, and watch as Debra Winger from 1982’s An Officer and a Gentleman gets bombarded by a group of loyal fans waiting outside.
I’m finally showered, in bed, and writing tonight’s articles. I have on my Eminence VitaSkin Clear Skin Probiotic Masque, a face treatment I had to buy after my esthetician used it during my facial last night. Its cooling effect does more than sooth my skin; it makes me feel calm and collected as well.
With one article published, and the second 75% finished, it’s time to go to bed. My alarm is set for 9:30 a.m.—I’ll have to finish writing then. Perhaps pool side again?