Pat – So, Nancy, what have you been up to since our last interview in 2011?
Nancy – It has been a very busy couple of years. I was Production designer on the first two seasons of Bar Rescue, the premiere season of Tattoo Rescue, and I was cast on a reality competition show, American Dream Builders on NBC.
Pat– You have been busy. First tell me a bit about your work on Bar Rescue? That show has really taken off.
Nancy – Yes it has. It was a lot of fun to get in on the ground floor of a makeover series. I was able to bring my experience and knowledge to the table and execute some amazing transformations together with my art team. There were three of us initially but we managed to talk the show into bringing a carpenter along. The first 2 seasons of the series were done with myself, a set decorator, an art department coordinator, and a carpenter. Production Assistants were hired locally so I had to train our assistants in every city. At times I was able to get local talent to pitch in. I was so happy you and Creative Evolution were there to help me with the mural on the Angry Ham’s episode season 1. Working on this show was totally crazy but we made it through and I am proud of our hard work. My favorite transformation was probably the Green Room @ the Abbey in Chicago season 1. I even stepped out in front of the camera on some episodes as Design Expert.
Pat – I remember the chaos on the set but it turned out beautifully. How about Tattoo Rescue?
Nancy – Tattoo Rescue was a lot of fun. Once again my team was small but fortunately for us the co host, Cuzzin’ Sammy, is a contractor and adamant about pitching in on and off camera. We did 10 tattoo shops across the country. Some of the things I saw and smelled would turn your stomach! My favorite transformation on this show was probably
the Morning Star Tattoo shop called “Devil of a Job” episode 109 in Brooklyn. I loved the before and after of this transformation because the neighborhood was full of creative people. We found a discarded table and refurbished it and added a rolling ladder to access the upper shelf storage – this created a beautiful composition to the shop. After we cleared out all the clutter, I really felt like this space became more efficient, more attractive, and complimented the community perfectly.
Pat – So that leaves your most recent project. You were a contestant on a reality show? With all you have achieved in television why do that?
Nancy – Funny I asked myself the same question. In the end it was an opportunity to share my television experiences visually with my husband and kids. And the chance to design “survivor” style was really intriguing to me. Television has been a 10 year adventure for me and it seemed fitting to come out from behind the scenes and share my process. I have met so many amazing artists and designers who have given anonymously of themselves over the years and it was fun to stand in the line of competitors and know that I stood for the little guy who puts in the hours, makes the sacrifices, and then is asked to step aside so the “on camera” personality can shine.
Pat – How many people competed?
Nancy – There were 12 of us total from around the country.
Pat – Can you tell me anything about them. Were there heroes? Were there villains?
Nancy – You will have to watch but I did meet and work with some of the most talented people in the nation.
Pat – Did you win?
Nancy – LOL. You will have to watch to find out.