A Day At QVC
Being a QVC presenter is one of the most satisfying, energising and fun vocations you can imagine. I truly love it. Not only do I get to promote beautiful brands and talented designers but I was encouraged to start a Facebook group of the most wonderful, inspirational women who I’ve lovingly named The Joinettes!
My QVC career began completely by accident. I never planned to be in front of the camera. I was so petrified before my first show. I still get nervous before we start filming but I’ve worked out a way of pretending I’m speaking to a friend, which really helps. The team is friendly and relaxed and made me feel at home from day one. When I first arrived I had a reassuring feeling of deja-vu and I knew that being in this space would be ok.
I passed the initial audition 5 years ago, but by the second round I completely clammed up. I literally couldn’t speak. The guest talent manager kindly gave me another opportunity to audition. Thanks to her generosity I was accepted – and here I am. It was a really major lesson in facing your fears and pushing on. I sometimes get the giggles but I remind myself of the early days and how far I’ve come and I just get on with it!
Each show takes a lot of prep. I organise hair, nails and make-up myself, and I drive my gorgeous make-up queen Francesca Neal completely mad. I don’t normally wear make-up, so this really takes me out of my comfort zone. I’m very down to earth and in my day to day life I don’t have time to slap it on. I prefer a more natural look, but at work I have to make sure I’m ready to face the cameras!
Sometimes we launch a product at midnight (Today Special Value) and have to be back at the studio at 7am. For those days extra-large quantities of make-up are required!
I like to think about my parents when I’m working. They’re no longer with me but I feel them watching over me and I know they would be proud. I feel so lucky to have my family’s support, especially when I’m working long hours. It makes my day when they visit me at the studio. Hershey is yet to make his QVC debut but we’re working on it!
Most importantly I have to know the products perfectly before the camera starts rolling. I revise colours, sizing options, fabrics and care instructions.
I particularly love cross selling collections. Sometimes I’ll combine footwear pieces from Earth Spirit to Join outfits and I feel I’m adding value to the designers as well as creating beautiful ensembles and offering viewers a glimpse of how they can play around with different styles and colours.
My Joinettes are very special women who share my love of beautiful clothes. We offer each other more than just fashion tips. We share an understanding that runs much deeper than fashion and we have become true friends.
A highlight was when I was launching a Join show at QVC France, and I connected with presenter Charlotte Rosier Tapiro. Although we got on brilliantly, we didn’t see each other for 2 years and one day I thought about her and considered emailing but didn’t get round to it. Later that week, purely by chance, we found ourselves sharing a dressing room at QVC in London – we were over the moon – it was truly incredible.
Other special ladies I’ve met at QVC are designers Renee Greenstein and Mena Ryan from Onjénu. Guest presenters Alison O’Reilly, Susie Adams and Gill Gauntlet have also become very close friends, and I’ve enjoyed incredible presenter coaching by Lisa Gould and Sarah Wilson-Ward.
I say to my kids ‘do what you love and love what you do’. It has taken me many years to reach that place, but at QVC I feel I’m there.