A little while ago I was called in by CTV Morning Live to take care of makeup for a guest which I’ve done many times. Now it doesn’t matter who will be in my makeup chair, as a pro I’m expected to be prepared for anyone… so I pack everything just in-case ; ) but knowing who it will be, gives me the opportunity to learn something new about someone else because I do a little pre-makeup chair research…thanks to Google.
But sometimes it’s better not to know who it will be ahead of time because when I found out it was Canadian news legend Lloyd Robertson I kinda got nervous. He was in town promoting his memoir “The Kind of Life It’s Been” Why would I be nervous? The next morning I was going to meet Mr. Robertson, a news icon for Canadians. A man that has had a broadcasting career that spans an impressive 60 years (there is a lot he has seen and reported on) As a Canadian, there isn’t a time I don’t remember having him in our living room every night… ”As Chief Anchor and Senior Editor of CTV News, Lloyd Robertson was the leader of the country’s most-watched national newscast, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON.” So yes a tad nervous.
Once officially introduced to Mr. Robertson by his publicist Emma, I was instantly relaxed and we chatted our way down the hall to the makeup room. It was really fun to see people stopping on the second floor looking down to catch a glimpse of him as well as peek out of their offices. He is warm and kind, graciously indulging many of us at the studio with photo ops. I found him to be inspirational as well, he may have retired last year from CTV National News, but at 78 he hasn’t slowed down much at all. If you love what you do, you’ll find a way to continue going.
Meanwhile back at the makeup room…Makeup time is special for me as it’s my element of course, but it’s calmer and I often get a more relaxed guest at that time. I was thrilled to have been given the chance to meet him and chat a bit. PS My motto is: “what is talked about in my makeup chair stays there” no matter who is in the chair or where my chair is. I consider it special time with them and no matter if it’s generic small talk, chatting about the weather or personal, it’s just us. He did pay a kind compliment to me about how he could tell I was a good MUA. (thrilled to hear)
Mr. Lloyd Robertson, it was a pleasure to have you in my makeup chair, thanks for the chat and the inspiration as well : )