Greetings from a hotel room in Anaheim. The world premiere launch was at 7am Pacific time, and if you watched, I do hope you enjoyed it! Apparently the American viewers were delighted with Clarity and Barbie; and Barbie is very glad it's done.
Reminded me a bit of a Sunday roast. You spend hours cooking it - and it's gone before the oven's even cooled down!
Here we are yesterday, getting set....
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail and all that. Leaving no room for error here....
But let's go behind the scenes, let's take a closer look....
If you check out the counter, you will see that there were different kits out. Ahhh... Well, that's because we did another show, a pre-recorded show BEFORE the live 7am launch. Oh yes.
At 4am we recorded the second show from Anaheim, to be rolled out after the live one!
While Dave Bradford kicked back ready for the show after ours, Dean and I were seriously hopping around!
Work it out. In order to be on set at 4am, we had to be there for 3.30am, all dolled up and full of beans. So that meant setting the alarm for 1.30 am.
Anybody who thinks TV work is glamourous is delusional! We were in bed by 7 last night!!
Then, by the time the pre-record was put to bed and done, I had exactly an hour to set the counter for the Live TV feed. No pressure eh!
And that's when I realised I'd mislaid all the art samples for the style stencils. Tense, nervous headache? Christ! I nearly had a cardiac! Talk about a zing up the back passsage and a ringing in the ears! And trying not to let it show that you've blown it. Totally.
After all that prep too!!!
God bless Dave, who literally RAN back to our hotel to find anything which looked like art and bring it back to the convention centre. We still have other shows planned you see, so I'd left that gear back at base.
5 minutes before we went live, Dave came flying through the hall with the suitcase. I dived in and pulled out the missing samples, jumped up on stage, and off we went. What a game!!!
I think the rush of blood to the head, coupled with the relief in finding the DT samples was actually a good thing. Did I come across as really happy? Because I really really was!!
Carnage after the show! All those hours and days of packing, planning and prepping just all over the floor backstage.
But palpable relief. We accomplished what we set out to do, which was launch Clarity on TV in America. And now we're off the hook until Tuesday.
If you go to Createandcraft.com or .co.uk there is a recording of the Live Show. Look out for the elusive Ladies Style Stencil artwork; they were hiding, weren't they? Got all camera shy. Decided to kick back in the hotel and let the old girl sweat!
All's well now.
Lots of love from Anaheim xx