Those who know me know that I am currently training in Musical Theatre in the heart of London. Living, working and training in London brings with it it’s own unique opportunities, especially in this industry. One such opportunity came to me last weekend, when a friend asked if I’d like to work on The Voice UK.
I accepted the offer, and on Saturday I made my way to LH2 studios in Park Royal. When I agreed to work I didn’t really know what to expect and didn’t get my hopes up too high, but I was pleasantly surprised and ended up having an amazing day.
When we got there, we were taken through to the canteen where we were offered a range of foods from the open breakfast buffet. Some of our group took full advantage of this and stacked their plates. Others, like me, weren’t sure whether we would overstep the mark at this point and settled for a few pieces of pineapple and a bread roll.
After this we were taken through to “The V Room” – this is where the show after the show is recorded, and was decked out with a bar, piano, and a plush sofa. When our group was all settled, one of the team came to us and told us to select one of the stickers off the sofa. This would decide who we would be standing in for that day, and being a massive Tom Jones fan I immediately seized his sticker and put it on. This was the exact turning point of my day, and I became massively overexcited.
Being Tom Jones’ stand in really wasn’t as much pressure as I thought it would be in the end. The majority of my day was spent rehearsing for The V Room, meaning running tech with the camera crew for angles, microphones, and the running order of the show. For the first couple of hours Osi (one of the lead members of the crew) acted as the host of the show, asking us questions which we had to completely blag answers to, and speaking via earpiece to the boss about minor changes to the running order. After this, the actual host Cel Spellman arrived, and his charisma and constant joking made an already relaxed atmosphere even more fun.
In terms of the V Room, there isn’t really much more to say. There was a lot of sitting around and stopping and starting, but that’s just the way tech is and is completely what I expected on arrival, so I wasn’t disappointed. Having to make up answers to some of the judges questions was good fun, and I seized every opportunity I could to drop of bit of Tom Jones trivia into the mix.
The absolute highlight of my day took place in the main studio, however. The four of us who were standing in for the judges (Will.I.Am, Tom Jones, Jennifer Hudson, and Gavin Rossdale for those who don’t know) got to go through to the main studio after a while, and while in there we actually saw the four main judges and host Emma Willis. Due to their busy schedules, the celebrities don’t have time to rehearse everything, so as they were on their way out we took over and actually got to sit in the red chairs and go on the main stage which was very exciting for me.
Following this, we had a break where we had the most gorgeous dinner (at no cost to us!) of veggie madras. It was also Emma Willis’ birthday that day, and we all got to eat a slice of her birthday cake for dessert. What surprised me most about the show was how relaxed and genuinely nice everyone was. All the tech crew, camera men, even the host Cel, all made time for each of us there and helped to make us feel really chilled out even though they didn’t really know us all that well.
All in all I had a really amazing experience, and it will look great on my CV one day. Thanks for reading, until next time!