So That One Time... I Was on @THEVIEW 🙆
OMG. So yesterday was an awesome day on set with the folks over at ABC. A #Throwback to Ridel High with Little Anthony and the Imperials [you know all their songs, you just don't know their names...] So if you failed yesterday and didn't remember to set your DVR to record The View... FEAR NOT! ☝🏻👱🏻, I've got you covered. 😉
The morning started off bright and early with a 7:15 AM call time at the ABC Studios on 66th St/Central Park West. So basically, I citibiked from home and got to enjoy a little walk through central park on my way to work [not too bad]. As I said my introductions to the other dancers over bagels and fruit platters our fabulous dance captain began to go over the concept for the performance. After another hour of running choreography, it was off to wardrobe to see who fit which outfits and I Immediately saw a jacket that I hoped would be given to me. Thankfully, the stars aligned AND SO IT WAS [ lol ]. Rocking a yellow jacket that for me brought back that spirit of when pastel yellows and pinks first started out - it was definitely a "Beauty School Dropout" moment for sure. Any alterations were then marked so that in between staging and performing they could be cleaned and altered by our wardrobe team.
In our still loosely fitted garments, we were introduced to the director and production team and began to stage the scene. As Little Anthony and the team did their sound check, we quietly problem solved how our choreography would fit onto the stage. Oh right, and then there's that whole thing that I think is easily forgettable as a TV viewer: the cameras. Not only is there choreographed movement for us, but throughout the course of the songs different cameras will be capturing different moments. Meaning that we as actors have to find just the right angles for each shot. 😜 It's all such a fun process, and even more fun with such a great team.
Already feeling like it's way later than it actually was, Whoppi Goldberg walked in during our rehearsal and said that our dancing "remind[ed her] of how we used to dance back then": with the true enjoyment of each other and an awesome groove. It was positively inspiring to be surrounded by everyone involved, and of course the song will be stuck in my head the rest of the week... :P
After finishing any last minute tweaks, we ran through the entire performance once or twice with Whoopi's introduction and full lights and music. We were all dancing, smiling, and breathing in the spirit of the 50's and were getting excited to go live. 😊
We returned our costumes to wardrobe and went up to the control room where we met the magnificent people that make the ✨magic happen! In the control room we got to see how our last run though actually looked on screen. A thoroughly important part for the actors: to see what worked and what didn't. For instance, if you didn't know which camera was on you during a shot, you may be facing the complete wrong direction. Meaning that well, you wont be seen! So it was nice to see what the intro looked like and make sure that our spacing was all where it needed to be.
Now, the best part of any acting job: The Waiting. 😉
As each of the dancers waited for their turn for hair & make up, we had a couple hours before it was our turn to go live onstage. So naturally, we danced, ate some more bagels, and took lots of selfies. 😜 As the women were given impeccable pinup makeovers, and the men classic retro looks we discussed our inspirations. Picture one person doing fuetés in the corner, another drawing caricatures, the others exchanging youtube videos whilst stretching... You now, just nbd, chillin' in The View green room watching Raven Symone and the crew gossip about Nicki Minaj as we stretch and dance around in full hair and make up. Something that I forget is maybe not the usual scenario for everyone's everyday life, but let me tell you, it's pretty awesome. :) #SORAVEN 💁
[I just had to]
And without further ado,
I hope that you enjoy this Throwback Thursday to a different era:
Jukebox :: Little Anthony and the Imperials
A big shout out to all of the amazing crew members and production staff over at ABC, as well as the cast of The View, Little Johnny and the Imperials, and of course the other incredible dancers. This was such a fun moment to be a part of. Thank you.
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Prom night professions.
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<3 - Eoin Thomas