This Beauty and I go way back.
Right after the great success of "Why Did I Get Married" The demand for my talents grew greater and I was getting more and more press about Tasha's Bob. That hair is one of the biggest Hoorays of my career. That bob was one of the stars of that movie! Well it was the marketing tool I needed to spark my career and it did!
Meanwhile a new show was being slated on lifetime and one of the shows leads was a black woman that happened to be good friends with Tasha and needed a new hair person. Well the show was called Army Wives and the Actress' name is Wendy Davis, a beautiful strong black woman with an amazing spirit.
Wendy called me on the phone and I fell in love with her instantly! She was very kind and polite over the phone and after a nice conversation, she booked me for a network job with her that started at 400am and I gladly accepted. The Job was a network flight for promotion of the show and it hit every popular morning news show in America.
The day before I was to see Wendy, I had another booking that went into overtime and we didn't wrap until 2a, It took 45minutes for me to drive home and another 30 minutes to make it to Wendy on time. I was cutting it so close that I only had time to brush my teeth, grab a bag and bounce.
I arrived on set on time with 10 minutes to spare. I walked in, introduced myself to the AD and proceeded into the preset Glam space they had for us and set up my station. As I'm unpacking my bag I realized that I brought my marcel irons but I didn't bring my stove. Instantly I ran to the kitchen to see if the studio had a conventional stove to heat up my irons with and NO SUCH LUCK! I wasn't sure what I was going to do but I had to figure out something fast.
Wendy has now arrived on set and I didn't want to make her panic so I introduced myself, got out of the way and let her do her thing and get herself in order while I looked around the room to see what resources were available to make this happen.
I finally told Wendy what was going on with hope that she would have brought her curling iron with her. What I didn't expect her to say was that she didn't own one. Then without batting an eye, I assured her that I would fid away to work it out and that her hair was going to be beautiful.... and it was.
I finally went over to good ole Kraft Services and stole all the bunsun burners from under the food and used the open flame to heat up my irons to create a cascade of beautiful marcel waves just in time for Wendy's on camera experience . That day turned out to be an amazing day. Not only did I gain instant trust with her , but we had instant friendship. to this very day Wendy refers to me as the Mc Guyver of Hair when she tells the story of how I saved her life!
I love me some Wendy Davis... she's absolutely incredible!
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