19.10.09

Diary of a Makeup Artist #24 - Nothin At All

"Who is your favorite celebrity you've worked with?"

This is a question I get asked often. Honestly it makes me uncomfortable because I feel like my favorite isn't the asker's favorite and they're never impressed. Jude Law, Sylvester Stallone, Molly Sims... none hold a candle to "Heart"in my book.

I can still remember in the 8th grade opening a gift that contained a cassette entitled "HEART". This was MY tape, not my dad's L.P. that he would make me a copy of, this was a true cassette with a genuine cover and the songs printed (not handwritten) on the cassette itself. Ooooh see see, the lyrics are written in the jacket, no more rewinding and fast forwarding trying to figure out the words to my favorite songs. And look how cool Ann and Nancy were, I'll be staring at this for hours thank you very much, AND it rocked!
Listening to Ann belt out a rockin tune in her amazing crisp and rich voice was not new to me. See my dad Ted had quite the album collection. Most kids my age were brought up on Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton and Inglebert Humperdink. Not me.. Foghat, Zeppelin, Beatles and Heart were belted in my home. The living room was filled with shelves loaded with vinyl. When dad was listening to music, it was so LOUD you couldn't hear yourself think, so why bother to even try to think, just sit back and enjoy. I would thumb through the numerous albums looking for my favorite covers while my ears were bleeding, just hanging and rockin out with Dad. (It's really no wonder why I'm hard of hearing these days.)

This one used to just freak me out. I would make myself look at it so I wouldn't be a fraidy cat.To this day, Heart is still one of my favorite bands, Ann still has her voice and they sound amazing live. Once on a 10 day shoot, everyone forgot their music except me, and I had brought along my Heart collection. Now, I get teased by my family crew for the 10 days of angry female music they were put through. It's all good. The truth is, I was in heaven those 10 days.

So imagine my horror when I received a booking call to ready the girls for a Led Zeppelin A&E Biography. I was having Keanu flashbacks, I was tempted to give the job away. I was afraid I would throw up in Ann's lap. I remember praying in the car, crying and telling myself over and over again what a professional I was and I could be calm, cool and collected. This was NO BIGGIE, who were these chicks anyway? Normal people, aging singer and guitar player. Probably NOT nice, probably high maint and probably total witches dang it! Who needs these girls anyway, I'll show them.. who do they think they are? They're nothing without my talent and brushes. Who cares this was "Nothin at All!" humphh

I stomped into the studio, didn't even bother to look into the green room, (I was too cool to even try to peek) walked straight to the makeup room. Where there was a woman in the chair getting her hair done. Who was this woman? She was so..... average looking, no makeup, a t-shirt and rollers in her hair. Whew.... civilian. "Mary, I'd like you to meet Ann, you'll be doing her makeup today, Nancy will be in from L.A. very soon." said the producer. Oh for the love of all that is good please dont let me crap myself. "Hi Ann, nice to meet you." "Pleasure." said Ann. I'm proud to say I kept my composure chanting to myself "This is a civilian in my chair, this is a civilian in my chair." We made pleasant small talk, she was horribly tired, they were on tour, she needed to save her voice, so I kept my mouth shut and gave her the makeup she wanted.

Later Nancy came in, what a SWEETIE! Very pleasant, she was chatty, we talked kids, we talked about their new album Jupiter's Darling at the time. We talked movies, her husband is Cameron Crow and then we had a most memorable moment. I felt I could share at this point . "Nancy, can I just tell you something and promise you wont freak out?" "Sure, whats up?" "I'm a HUGE Ann fan. She is such a freakin rock star!" I cried. "I KNOW, isnt she amazing? My sister F'n rocks, she blows me away to this day!" she said as she shared in my excitement. Then she went on to brag about her sister and all her accomplishments. Ann's number one fan is clearly Nancy. (Which is most likely why I've never gotten a callback, I could give Nanc a run for her money.) Here they are in my makeup garb. Ann likes it strong, Nancy just enough not to look to underdone next to Ann. Yep, that was my favorite celeb day of all time. Hope you're not disappointed.





In 2007 I worked backstage at the VH1 Rock Honors where Heart was honored. I was nowhere to be found when Heart was rehearsing for this performance. Hearing Ann rehearse was such a treat. That raw voice during mic check... oh yeah I have goose pimples just thinking about it.



So everybody has one... What celebrity would you like to work with?

post signatureNothin At All by Heart

20 comments:

Midday Escapades said...

Heart totally rocks! It would be hard for me to narrow down one celebrity to work with.

Thanks for visiting my site from SITS. I'm now a new follower of yours.

Lynn said...

I have just spent the last 30 minutes visiting your blog.

I heart Heart, too.

What an exciting, grueling job you have!
I am a new follower now. I'll be checking back to see if you one day "DO" Anderson Cooper!

Lindsay Rudolph said...

It sounds like what rocks is your job!! I am totally jealous. I wish someone with your gig would have been at my high school career fair! Let's see, teach sports games or hang out with Heart (among other interesting/famous people)? Hmmmmm... Love the blog!

kys said...

That was a great story! Ann is one of the best female rockers out there. So cool that Nancy is such a fan.

I don't really want to work with anyone famous because I know I'd make a total ass out of myself.

Jeanette said...

Love Heart!!! I don't know which celebrity I'd like to work with, but you know I wouldn't mind gawking at Mr Jackman for awhile.

T. Anne said...

I love Heart! What's better than women who rock???
SOunds like you have an exciting job!

Mammatalk said...

What a neat blog you have here. I will be back for another visit soon.

I just don't think I would want to work with anyone famous. I am prone to tripping, stuttering and blushing. I'll just play it safe in the stands.

Tammy Howard said...

OMGOMGOMG - the first album I ever bought with my own money was 'Dreamboat Annie'. I read this post with goose bumps everywhere and tears right behind my eyes. (which is a little embarrassing, but entirely true) I love them so. much. Ridiculous, unreasonable squealy fangirl love. LOVELOVELOVE.

Ann was the first sexy hawt 'big' girl I ever was aware of and she is still a major role model.

As I was reading about your dad, Tom was blaring Ozzy and working out a bass line. As I'm typing it's Van Halen in the background. I had to smile, thinking of what we're doing for our kids... I realize that's classic rock, but still...still... as soon as he's done it's gonna be a Heart-a-thon.

And now I feel like - through you - I'm one degree of separation...

I miss albums and album covers. CD's are not the same. MP3's are not even comparable. I am so frakkin old. But wait - we weren't going there. We were talking about Heart. And I was in squealy fangirl heaven.

Jessica said...

This explains so much about you Mary!!

I can't even think of which celeb I'd narrow it down to. I'm sure there'd be quite a few who would be just fine... they are all just civilians.... right?...

love lives in the kitchen said...

oh miss the '80! great post!!
wish you a lovey tuesday!
justyna

Lene said...

I heart Heart. Ann belts it like no other.

Tonya said...

Visiting from SITS. Have a great day!
www.tuesdaysattonyas.blogspot.com

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

My husband and I just went to a Heart concert last month! They still sound incredible.

Stopping by via SITS. Glad I found you. I could use some make-up tips for my tired-looking-baggy-undereye circles.

Lisa Anne said...

I love HEART. It's funny I didn't really start listening to them until I played their songs on guitar hero. LOL

visiting from sits roll call.

Kimberly said...

What a great blog. Looks like you really went with your passion!

Sara said...

I'm convinced Mandy Moore and I would be best friends if only we met, but I can't do makeup to save my life so I'd spare her that.

Debbie said...

How exciting! I've never met anyone even remotely famous. I'm glad they turned out to be as nice in person.

Housewife Savant said...

Who would YOU like to work with that you haven't??

Housewife Savant said...

Who would you HATE to work with?
I'm sure there are artists who talk. Who's got a bad rep for rudeness, etc?

Manuela said...

OMG Sylvester Stallone?!! I love reading about your job! You're so kewl!! I know I'd make a fool of myself too if I worked with anyone famous. LOL Once, while walking down 5th Ave (NYC) I came across Hugh Grant. Eight years ago I though he was great looking, but anyways, I said "Hi" to him and he completely ignored me. LOL!!