My First Time on the Red Carpet!
Cameras flashing, publicists pushing, photographers yelling … it was madness at the VH1 Divas afterparty, but I loved it!
“This is my first time,” I told Nick, as he led me to the back of the dark lounge. My heart was racing and my legs were shaky in my stilettos, but I had to keep my cool. We were passing the bar fully stocked with Patron and waiters in white suits with scrumptious-looking hors d’oeuvres, and I wished I could swipe a shot or two or a bite of food to calm my nerves.
“Don’t worry,” Nick said. “It’s going to be fun.” He brought me into a back room and told me where to stand. All around me were photographers in black taking test shots of the promo wall where all the celebrities would soon be posing for photos (why, where did you think this story was going?). I was at the VH1 Divas afterparty red carpet, and it would be my first time interviewing celebrities.
The event, which was held in Brooklyn in honor of VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, was celebrating the successful performances of a group of big-name musical divas (including Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson) at the concert, held just a few doors away at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Even though the press (meaning me) was asked to arrive by 10:15 p.m., no actual celebrities were expected until at least 11. Even when they started to trickle in, there was a lot of waiting. It was chaotic when a celebrity stood in front of the promo wall for photos: cameras flashing, publicists pushing, photographers yelling, “Over here! To your right! Straight ahead! Look over here!” but after the celebrity would kindly nod as a sign that he/she was done with photos and walk into VIP, the room went dead, and waiting began again for the next star guest.
But like any first-timer, I was enchanted by the whole situation, not just the celebrity sightings. I chatted up a security guard and a couple of fellow writers to get their take on the night, and watched the other photographers fiddle with their lenses and talk to one another about how they had missed a key shot at an event the night before. I felt like a chump standing among them with my unexceptional digital camera and my tiny voice recorder, but I think I did OK for my first time! Here are some of the night’s highlights: