How to get TV hair…and btw I relaunched my YouTube channel

If you’ve followed me on social media, you may have heard me profess my love for the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer. If you’re not following me on social media…umm…why not?! (I’ll leave links to all of my pages below.)

I took this as a good excuse to relaunch my YouTube channel (which you would have known about if you follow me on social media but I digress. 😝) Watch “How To Get TV Hair” to see how exactly I use this AMAZING tool #NotAnAd, then please-oh-please hit the subscribe button so I know whether or not y’all want to see this type of content.

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“What’s it like being on TV?” and other questions you’ve wanted to ask.

Embarrassing moments to snarky tweets, I get asked a lot of questions about my life as a television personality. Below are some of the many things I get asked most about being on TV. If you have a question I didn’t answer, leave a little comment at the end of this post and I’ll make sure to include it in a future one.

Q. When did you know you wanted to be on TV?

A. I’ve wanted to be on TV for as long as I can remember. My parents would go to parent-teacher conferences where they’d be told, “Ellen’s a great kid. She just talks too much.” I figured I might as well make it my career.

I went to college, majored in broadcasting, and wound up in radio for 10 years. At one point I was told I was “on the wrong side of 30 and the wrong side of the scale” to ever get into television. The only thing wrong were the people who told me that because in 2017, just months before turning 33, I was hired as the full-time features reporter for Q13 News.

Q. Which do you like better? TV or radio?

A. I was expecting the two to be way more similar than they are but truthfully, they’re so different it’s comparing apples to oranges.

Radio is more personality-driven. I also liked that I could stroll into work wearing a ball cap and no makeup (which I did often.) I can’t do that so much on TV.

I find television to be more rewarding. Sure, I don’t get as much time to talk but when I do, it’s meaningful. There’s also way more planning and coordination and teamwork that goes into making great TV. I’m really having fun learning all of the in’s and out’s of this industry. 

Q. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s happened on TV?

A. I was doing a live interview with a man who had climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. That in and of itself is amazing but this guy had done it without both of his legs! (He’d lost them due to illness when he was a child.)

This gentleman was about to get on stage, in front of thousands of students, to share his inspirational story about never giving up. Well, if you’ve spent any time in theater, you know it’s bad luck to wish someone good luck so, what did I say instead? On live TV, I told the man with no legs to, “break a leg.”

At that moment, everything slowed down. But now slow enough for me to shove my words back in my mouth. I wanted to die. Luckily, he was kind and totally laughed it off. I’ll never forgive myself.

Q. What’s the worst part about being on TV?

A. I thought I was prepared for the attention that my high-profile career came with, especially considering my past in radio. I was very wrong. My thick skin isn’t phased by hate tweets or snarky comments. However, there have been times where I’ve never been more scared before in my life.

As a single woman, I’ve always taken extra precautions to keep myself safe while still maintaining my independence. I’ve had people think I’m talking to them through the TV. (Something I thought only happened in bad Lifetime movies.) I took my independence and anonymity for granted. 

“But you knew what you were signing up for.” Well, kind of, but not really. I can’t do anything about it now except to learn what my new normal is. I’m blessed beyond belief and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Q. What’s the best career advice you’ve been given?

A. As I waited to interview country superstar Luke Bryan, my then radio co-host, Tony Russell, said, “Ellen, always remember that if you treat someone like a celebrity, they’ll treat you like a fan. Instead, treat someone like a friend and they’ll treat you like one, too.”

It’s the 21st-century version of the Golden Rule and isn’t only great career advice for those in media but for everyone in general.

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If you got to the end of this post and I still didn’t answer your question, please leave it in the comment section and I’m more than happy to answer it. Also, you actually read this entire post?! I love you!

Secrets from my hair & makeup team

It always makes me laugh when I read emails suggesting I fire my “glam squad” because they made me look horrible on TV. #SPOILERALERT My hair and makeup team consists of me, myself and I. Truth be told, figuring out what looks good has been a whole bunch of trial and error. Learn from my mistakes with these three hair and makeup secrets.

 

  1. Invest in the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush. Amazon sells it for less than $45 and it is worth every single cent. I use this on both wet and dry hair. Not only does it cut down on dry time but I literally don’t need anything other than this to get the perfect head of hair each and every time. If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably already heard me sing the praises of this little wonder tool. Mine is black and pink but I like this new black and mint version. Regardless of the colors, the product is a game-changer!
  2. I’m always wearing a Kylie Cosmetics matte liquid lipstick. I’ll apply the color around 5:45a and that stuff doesn’t budge until I remove it that evening. I’m swamped trying to do a million different things and quite frankly, I don’t have the time to be checking the mirror to see if my lipstick looks good from segment to segment. My go-to colors are Mary Jane, Exposed, and Koko K. Each one is a steep $17 (lip kits that include a matching pencil are $29) and I’ll gladly pay because simply put, there’s nothing that’s better. If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, I suggest ColourPop’s Matte Lippie Stix but they aren’t nearly as good as Kylie’s.
  3. Treat yourself to inexpensive paper masks to make sure your skin stays clean and hydrated. The best thing you can do to make sure your makeup looks good is to give yourself a great base. It’s so important to take care of your skin and it’s definitely something I realize the older I get. You can pick up these kinds of masks pretty much anywhere. I prefer to get mine for $5 from Charlie Pete (because it’s my store and I’m biased.) Pro Tip: Take the extra serum and rub it into your neck and decolletage because those areas deserve some TLC, too.

Treat-Yo-Self Honey Sheet Mask

What are your hair and makeup secrets? Got a product you love or maybe a YouTuber you get inspiration from? Leave a comment and tell me all about it!