I Go Behind The Scenes with The Chew’s Producer Vaia Abatzis

The Chew is ABC’S hit Emmy Award winning daytime talk show. I had the pleasure of working with one of its producer’s, Vaia Abatzis when we were both at NBC Universal. Vaia was also producer on The Martha Stewart Show and HGTV’s Celebrity Holiday Homes. But Vaia’s greatest production is about to take place in October when she gives birth to her first child…a baby girl!  Vaia was kind enough to share some of The Chew’s behind the scenes secrets before she gets crazy busy with her new family and a new season of The Chew this fall. My lifestyle gurus with Swoon […]

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Behind The Scenes: The Talk Show Guest with the Blue Tongue

  The makeup room is my favorite space backstage. It’s really the place where drama is left behind and wonderfully talented makeup artists help calm and beautify hosts and guests. It’s also a very important component when it comes to getting camera-ready. There’s a definite art to applying makeup for television and, so, when you’re offered the chance to sit in the makeup chair before the show begins, embrace what will be done to your face. I’ve seen thousands of amazing befores and afters, but one lifestyle expert did something behind our backs that ruined her entire look—as well as […]

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THE BACKSTAGE BOOZER

I hear the question over and over again. Talk show guests want to know how to calm their nerves before and during TV show appearances. I know because I’ve booked over 10,000 guests during the course of my career. I want to share a personal story with you about one of those guests, a certain chef who will remain anonymous for obvious reasons. He’s a well-established food “personality” who owns a very popular restaurant and was a frequent guest on the particular show I was producing. Although I never understood what his appeal was, I do have to hand it […]

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I Go Behind the Scenes with Lifestyle TV Producer Christina Deyo

Welcome to my first blog coming from the Jersey shore this holiday weekend. This is an exciting time for me because Swoon Talent has been a longtime dream of mine. Over my television career I’ve met thousands of celebrities, experts, and real people with amazing stories. I built a reputation on finding some of the best talk show guests in daytime. Great guests equal great shows! I’ve also worked with some great producers. One such person is my longtime friend and superstar producer, Christina Deyo. Christina has won 8 Emmy® awards. Yes, 8! That’s crazy, but here’s what I love […]

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