Millions of people tuned in to watch the 69. annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, many of whom enjoyed the show from your comfortable couch, you wish you could walk the red carpet and party with the stars.
I got to do exactly that. And it’s a dream come true really, as I arrived here. I can backtrack my way to the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards.
I graduated college with the dream of building my own awards as a screenwriter and Director. I moved to Los Angeles and worked for several years in various capacities for numerous Film studios and production companies in the business of card from prominent players to learn in the industry, including Hollywood icon Roger Corman.
Somewhere along the way, I toned it down in the world of entertainment reporting, and one day I looked around and realized I’m surrounded by some of the biggest stars that have inspired my own career goals.
As an entertainment reporter, I have some star-studded events, but once again I was confirmed to cover the Primetime Emmy Awards, I had a slight panic attack.
For starters, what should I wear? Fashion decisions that do not come easily, and knowing I would be surrounded by celebrities can be draped US in a million dollars had made me feel like an elephant fell in the Arctic. I settled on a short and unnecessary meltdown before I comforted my soul with woosah therapy.
I decided to believe in my abilities, count my blessings, and I settled on a modest, but vintage-inspired dress. According to my social media followers, I saw “Fantastic!”
To travel to the Los Angeles Microsoft theatre, I welcomed the thrill of soon in the vicinity of fame and the stars of the series, I enjoy how The story of the servant and Better Call Saul. As my luck it will be the first person that I would have, if I arrive at the venue of the Emmy-nominated actor Jonathan Banks.
“Congratulations on your appointment,” I say to him in passing, and Mr banks respond with a humble “Thank you.” As we I think our separate ways, how wonderful it would be if I luck up and cross paths with his Emmy-nominated co-star Bob Odenkirk.
This would be a good time to show that I LIVE, for “Breaking Bad” and its Spin-Off series, Better Call Saul. So naturally, I was gutted when the banks and Odenkirk did not pick up trophies on the night. Still, I thought about how the night would end perfectly if I had the opportunity to simply shake Mr Odenkirk’s hand and congratulate him not only on his nomination, but for a truly fascinating performer.
Now, many journalists are better than me really don’t worry about it, in the presence of A-listers, but the best part of this job, the opportunity is had, the people you have influenced my own creativity. Always work directly with the celebrities and their managers and publicists is very surreal for this girl from the Midwest, had dreams of working in Hollywood was, since I was a little girl.
At the Emmy Awards a heady experience, as you get closer to the action than any home. My Emmys credentials that allowed me to work the arrivals area, and the red carpet — a dizzying mass of journalists, publicists and celebrities. Setting up shop there did not feel worth the effort, because I could see how easily I would be run over.
Still — my goal was to ask each of the candidates, I have come across, if you think awards shows like the Emmys are just as important as the work you put in. However, as soon as a publicist spying on me at work, he pointed out gently that my process of slowing down the flow of traffic in the arrival hall and I was determined that grabbing a series of short statements of your talent would be a challenge.
So I decided to improvise and do the best sort of this, on how large the event is to walk, observe and listen.
To relocate of “time,” I hear a nominee say to his companion, as he Packed his photo session with the official Emmys photographer. I spy actor Joseph Fiennes in the vicinity of him, and was quite tense and I wonder if he also feels, already crippled by defeat.
It was in this moment that I realized that the actors, whether they win an Emmy or not, as soon as the trophies are handed over and the show comes to an end, all again in competition with each other for the next. But the competitive aura dissolves when celebrities see or meet their own factors of influence. It is the star-the star was fun to watch.
There are so many memorable moments from the Emmys red carpet: congratulations Regina king and Lena Waithe on your nominations, with a “beauty” moment with Uzo Aduba, almost fainting, according to Michael K. Williams winks at me, catching up with Yvette Nicole Brown, to see the encounter with my fellow Chicago native Mandy Patinkin, Milo Ventimiglia friendly brush from some guy who claimed they worked together on heroes, hearing Sofia Vergara screaming about the amount in which you accused someone to be late, quietly laughing to myself as Giancarlo Esposito spends a call on his cell phone to avoid having his photo taken, and it was something that the really rewarding about Gabrielle Union act like I don’t exist, since you ignored my requests to snap her pic for emmys.com.
At one point, I even pinched was meant to be, between Debra messing – posse as we headed over to the red carpet, and I have, it must have felt like Christmas for you, because everything in the worship of have them gawking fans, media and colleagues alike.
Meanwhile, back in the arrivals areas, stars such as Laverne Cox (who is my camera, as I was Herb Ritz), Riz Ahmed, Nicole Kidman, John Lithgow, John Turturro, Chrissy Metz, Craig Robinson, Leslie Jones, Jeffrey Wright and Elisabeth Moss were all friendly and in a great mood. As Ms. Moss posed for my camera, I remember our conversation in the summer TCAS about the Parallels between your own life and your character Offred.
“You want a photo of me and my mother?” Emmy-winning actor Alexander Skarsgard asks, and the click of my camera was turned off before I answer, “Yes!”
Once the stars settled in the auditorium, the show starts and I watch the show on TV in the press center. This is where I can find a cozy corner, from which I can observe the solemn moments as the winners come down from the stage.
As an Emmy-reporter, we cover from many vantage points, which enable us moments that don’t get to see the audience. For example, I heard a security guard tell a sad story about a how she had the comfort of an actress, who was left crying on the curb when she arrived at the Emmy’s only to discover that her date had brought another woman.
Our approach also brings us backstage where we have holes to witness the full production of the work, moderators in the start, and the surprising collapse of a group of Emmy-winner, threw a temper tantrum, if you don’t have direct access to the Governors Ball.
“I would like to see a manager,” was a winner his trophy demanded of a guard who would not let us walk across the street in the direction of the after party at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
“We are all the Emmy winners!” another yelled, while we are diverted to another route leading to the party. “We should not be made to walk so far!”
After I finally managed within the visually arresting Governors Ball, I am immediately consumed with tears of joy.
“Is this MY life?”
I work the room — someone mistake me for Oprah and I’m okay with this. I enjoy a few cocktails while you welcome the sounds of the legendary Earth, Wind and Fire singer Philip Bailey, and you can see the winners and non-winners and congratulate each other.
At one point, a gentleman joins me on a comfortable sofa to give me a handkerchief to wipe my tears. He clearly thinks I’m a Debbie Downer moment, but actually, I am overjoyed and overwhelmed by the magic of my first-time Emmys experience.
“This evening can’t be better”, I think to myself, as I had a Cinderella moment. “Gotta be home by midnight!”
And as I’m leaving the Governors Ball, the head back to my Hollywood apartment that I spy in the vicinity of the exit, Bob Odenkirk.