BIO SILK and CHI Glass Truck Experience
I missed writing about last week's Crystal Light task because I was out of the country without Internet access, but I just wanted to say it was actually one of my favorite tasks ever, even though I don't think my enthusiasm was obvious from what was shown on TV. That's one of the surprising elements of doing a reality show; you never know if your experience will be reflected in the final edit. One thing I can say for sure about that episode - I worked my butt off as Stephen Baldwin's right hand and Stage Manager!
It was also great to have Trace back on the team, and I couldn't help but wonder if things would have been different had he been with us in Orlando. Would he have kept us, in his imitable Trace style, from only doing cutout figures? Trace is definitely one of my favorite people I've met through Celebrity Apprentice, and he is impressive not only because of his musical talent and (as demonstrated in the soap opera) his acting chops, but also because in the midst of insane competitiveness and not-always-so obvious backstabbing, he is forever a gentleman, a bottom line sage, and one of the funniest people I've ever met! Trace also reminds me of my husband and I remind him of his wife, so there's a strong transference there, which is probably why we are both so protective of one another. Can you tell I absolutely love this guy? (Especially after his, "Stephen, you be nice to Marilu, or I'll kill you!)
Anyway, on to Week Four's task...
ASSIGNMENT: To engage the public with an interactive marketing event utilizing a Glass Truck and the surrounding outdoor area to promote Farouk Systems products. Each team will create an original Glass Truck event: One team highlighting the CHI brand and the other team highlighting the BioSilk brand.
GETTING MISS USA
I took on the job of Project Manager, because in addition to growing up with a dancing studio in our garage, my mother also ran a beauty shop out of our kitchen. Working with hair products comes naturally to me. One of my first orders of business as PM was to secure VIPS for the event because I know Farouk is a "go big, or go home" kind of guy. I had been a judge for the Miss USA pageant last June and had developed a great relationship with Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization and producer of the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Pageants. I immediately called Paula because I knew Farouk Systems is the official sponsor of the Miss USA Pageant, so it was a no brainer to get the Miss USA team involved in this task.
Throughout this task, Stephen Baldwin was still acting like he was the Project Manager from Task #3 and behaving like he was the director and I was his Stage Manager. It's funny because Stevie and I have known each other the longest and have shared many great moments together (including my favorite Tonight Show appearance with Sting as the main guest), but for some reason, he was just so annoying this time around and wouldn't get out of my face. I needed a fly swatter to deal with his constant interruptions and need for attention. He also kept trying to make it look like he was the one responsible for getting the various pageant winners to come to our event, just because he shares the same publicist, even though it was my relationship with Paula Shugart that made it happen. And when the beautiful Olivia Culpo Miss USA (now Miss Universe) showed up, Steve was angry that I was giving her my full attention rather than listening to his next point of business that I'd already taken care of. Once again, annoying little brothers sometimes behave like brats, and you just have to shine them on rather than wasting the time confronting them.
WHAT THE VIEWERS MIGHT NOT KNOW
People watching the show may wonder how we put together these amazing events in just twenty-four hours. Let me tell you that it requires a lot of teamwork and very little sleep. As Project Manager it is especially intense, and I can tell you that the night before this task I was making lists in my head of everything that still needed to be done. Here is a copy of a text I sent Lisa first thing on the morning of the task:Just so you know I'm sending you to the store with Steve and Gary because the list has grown and I need someone with sanity and an aesthetic. And I need speed, so that all hands are on deck by 9am. Penn, Trace and I can unload the van and start setting up. Call me when you can. This is going to be amazing!
List for task:
White Duct Tape
12" tie wraps
Red or Teal or White Rug to make area more glamorous
Baskets for samples, white if possible
Extension cords and power strips
Water for spray bottles
Bought the day before:
50 Yards of White Silk
10 Yards of Teal Silk
As you can see, there's a lot that has to be sorted out on the fly. And Lisa was on top of all of it! Plus the teams have to design signs and handouts, which Penn wrote with flair! We are basically starting out with only an empty glass truck and an idea, so there's a lot more to do than people realize.
GARY AS ACCOUNTANT
As Project Manager, I had everyone in charge of something - Trace construction, Steve marketing, Penn writing, Lisa my go-to person, and Gary as the accountant. Gary at first said no because accounting is not what he does best, but because he was labeled the weakest player in the Boardroom, he really wanted to step up, so he accepted the assignment. Being the accountant is a tough job because you have to keep track of spending and receipts, but Gary took it very seriously. (Yay, Gary!) When Don Jr. came to visit us, and later in the Boardroom, he asked, "Why did you make Gary the accountant? That's a huge risk. Why would you want someone who's never done it?" I said, "I guess I'm a parent and I always want someone to try something new." As result of his stepping up, Gary did a great job, and he was very protective of his pouch. From that point on, in fact, Gary wanted to be the accountant for the rest of the tasks.
THREE FINAL BOARDROOM NOTES
1.) The Boardroom is always a hot bed of tension, but I had no idea how much adrenaline was actually coursing through my veins until I woke up the next morning with tiny little bruises on my arms from having gripped my wrists while wearing sequined sleeves! It was hard to cover them, so see if you can spot them during next week's show.
2.) No doubt the craziest thing I've ever heard during a Boardroom discussion when listing the pros and cons of a team's efforts was the criticism that Dennis Rodman shouldn't have been wearing blue lipstick, but rather red lipstick to honor the color of CHI's packaging! I have no idea why that wasn't shown, but I thought people reading this blog would find that funny and interesting.
3.) And finally, it is my opinion that Claudia Jordan didn't bring Omarosa into the final Boardroom because Claudia knew that Omarosa had recommended that the display be IN the glass truck, rather than OUTSIDE of it. Claudia knew she couldn't defend her choice to keep it inside when that was the main reason they lost.
I loved this challenge and hope you enjoyed watching it! If you have any questions for me please don't hesitate to ask them in the COMMENTS below. Until next week...