A day at QVC

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.

Recent Comments

  • Hazel Agnew
    May 19, 2017 - 8:33 pm ·

    What a great insight Evey. Much respect for overcoming your gremlins. You come over as so professional and we really appreciate your role in presenting to us our beloved Join clothes! Xx

  • Hester Tulloch
    May 19, 2017 - 8:37 pm ·

    Hello a Evey loved this please let us know when it is available next time xx

  • Saira Jane Cormack
    May 19, 2017 - 8:41 pm ·

    What a lovely insight. Love you to bits Evey; the fabulous clothes and all the gorgeous Joinettes

  • Jean Bennett
    May 19, 2017 - 9:01 pm ·

    Every, it’s so good to read of your five year journey on QVC with Join and Earth Spirit. You always look so composed and professional that it’s surprising that you were once so nervous. I love the humour in your presentations, particularly with Jackie Kabler – you two are so funny together. Of course, it does help when you’re presenting very stylish, good quality products. I look forward to every show, even though I always end up poorer!

  • Georgina
    May 19, 2017 - 9:32 pm ·

    Thanks Evey for such a insight into your journey so far. I am so happy you hold us Joinettes as dear as we hold you….’it takes an army’ as they say. Can’t wait to see Hershey take centre stage xxx

  • Judith Lucas
    May 19, 2017 - 10:27 pm ·

    You are an inspiration to us all, Evey. You always look like you are in complete control, in spite of the QVC presenters! You smile so charmingly at us, and somehow we find we have pressed ‘order’…..

  • Naheed D'cruz
    May 20, 2017 - 5:10 am ·

    Evey you are a beautiful person inside and out… thank you for giving us an insight to the preparation that is needed on your part … we see you as a very composed, calm, friendly and very helpful presenter.
    Well done you for overcoming your fears and being a great professional presenter that you are. Most of all a great friend to us all.

  • Sarah Wilson-Ward
    May 20, 2017 - 5:54 am ·

    Evey, from the day we met I knew you were a beautiful talented inspirational woman. You have a special gift and I’m so glad you are able to overcome personal barriers and to find the confidence to be the woman you are now on QVC. Working with you is pure bliss and the friendship and support you have offered me has touched my heart and soul.

  • Jan miller
    May 20, 2017 - 6:10 am ·

    I am so looking forward to meeting you on the 8th. Overcoming our fears and insecurities is all part of this journey called life that we are all on. Sounds like you are doing exceptionally well. Which is always exciting and stimulating.
    Love to you. Jan Miller.

  • Evey
    May 20, 2017 - 12:04 pm ·

    Hazel, thank you very much, and it is my pleasure to be able to Guest the shows x

  • Evey
    May 20, 2017 - 12:06 pm ·

    Ah thank you Saira Jane, looking forward to seeing you June 8th, and love to Lola from Hershey x

  • Evey
    May 20, 2017 - 12:09 pm ·

    Jean,lovely to read your comment, the nerves never go far away, but all part of the experience, and find different tools to not let them control me. I love the acronym FEAR and try to do this when a challenge arises, Face Everything And Rise x

  • Evey
    May 20, 2017 - 12:11 pm ·

    I am touched to see that my feelings are reciprocated, I always have you in mind from the beginning Georgina, and you are a pivotal part of this time line . Thank you too for all your support and help with our luncheons, and you are inspirational to me too x

  • Evey
    May 20, 2017 - 12:13 pm ·

    Judith, thank you for your lovely words, smiles are contagious, and there are lots of funny moments on air too, especially with voice back from the producers in the Gallery.When the giggles arrive , they can be sometimes hard to reign in xxx

  • Evey
    May 20, 2017 - 12:14 pm ·

    Thank you Naheed, and also too for your thoughts and support when I was going through my tummy challenges last year, which I remember your kindness for x

  • Evey
    May 20, 2017 - 12:18 pm ·

    Sarah, your comment really has touched me, thank you.
    You too have made an impact on me, and I have enjoyed to be coached by you, and to learn all that I can to bring to air as needed. It is my pleasure to have reciprocated to you , and mutual exchange keeps the balance as it should be when I have received, and allows me to give back freely xxx

  • Evey
    May 20, 2017 - 12:20 pm ·

    Thank you Jan, and please do keep sending us pictures of you, you are so stylish and elegant.
    I love pressing the button to Approve the posts when I see your glamour arrive on my screen, and the read the subsequent comments of appreciation for your style xxx

  • Alison O'Reilly
    May 21, 2017 - 10:46 am ·

    What a lovely blog Evey! I still remember sharing that first dressing room with and by the time we had done our faces we knew each other’s (very similar!) life stories!! I also remember feeling energised and inspired when I left you, which is what you still do to me every time I’m with you!! You’re a very special, beautiful soul and I’m very lucky to have you as a friend x

  • Evey
    May 21, 2017 - 10:59 am ·

    Ali thank you so much, you also cost me money too with our leather trousers 🙂 I am also lucky too , sending you hugs and looking forward to seeing you soon xxx

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