we are ready for our close-up, madam director.


such excitement today!

we went along to watch who-we-are-in-RL do the Promo Shoot for the Book!

there was a Lady director (so Modern, as William would say) and a young chap as “DP” and a glam MUP (make-up and hair artist).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthere was some waiting time while the lights were set up and sound checked and viewfinders found-the-right-view (it’s a “talking head” as they call it, hence the stool and angle-of-camera).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAcan you see her script attached with gaffer tape *vocab_alert*?

would you like to see the script? it’s rather sweet and lovely (we can say that because we are mentioned Pretty early on).

I wrote How To Stay Sane In A Crazy World because it’s the book I wish I had had when everything fell apart.

I grew up in England and became a journalist on a national newspaper. In the mid-90s I got caught up in the world of emerging technology and ended up working in both Hollywood and then in the glossy magazine business, winning global awards and generally having a pretty glamorous life.

Then in 2011, I found myself sitting in front of a surgeon in New York. He told me I had three tumors in my throat with a 30 per cent chance of cancer. I said, “I’ve seen this movie, and I didn’t like it.” But he didn’t laugh. What happened next, with the surgery and medical leave, was so awful that I knew I had to find a way to get through it.

So I started a site called teamgloria.com to document all the glorious people, places and things that made me feel better. I wrote anonymously at first, using the pseudonym of Gloria, a character that came to me of an adorable trainee angel who hasn’t done her homework and gets into lots of scrapes. Seeing the world through gloria’s eyes made everything possible – and definitely more delicious.

How To Stay Sane In A Crazy World is in three sections: morning, afternoon, evening – sort of a modern “book of hours” and is designed to be something beautiful to dip into whenever you need a burst of inspiration, cheering up or a quiet moment of solace.

In the end I didn’t have cancer, but it was a wake-up call. After I wrote the book, I decided to walk away from my life as an executive in Manhattan, and start again, in Los Angeles, and build a new creative future.

Writing How To Stay Sane In A Crazy World changed my life – I hope you find something in it that helps you too.


it was lovely to hear this spoken aloud.

even after many-many Takes *vocab_alert* to get a different “Feel” (which sounds rude but it’s about Mood and Tone, we were reliably informed when we asked Later)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthis was the props table (note Light Meter/metre and Cans – headphones *vocab_alert* and hot-water-with-lemon #LAStyle) – with a copy of the Call Sheet (so many new words today – such Fun).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAclose up of Light Meter/metre (and Prada-esque – said advisedly – sunnies as they call them in Oz – not Dorothy’s land – the one Down Under).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthis is Uno – always important to have a dog on set to keep things low in the blood pressure department (note Doctor Martens – you-know-who).



memories of Mack and Mabel

*wistfullookoffcamera*OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

ok. confession time.

we *didn’t* actually Shoot at the Mack Sennett Studios (but in our head, we did, if you know what we mean). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand – *sighs* – we *didn’t* actually shoot at Sunset-Gower either. but we think we Might one day.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbecause the shoot had the Feel of both historic studio Lots.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbecause, just for a brief few hours, while admiring the lighting equipment and enjoying all these new words spoken during the Shoot, while we toyed with the brushes at the make-up table (very near the props table), words like: SPEED! STRIKE! ROLLING! and, our personal “Fav” ACTION *giggle* – well, it FELT like we were doing a Mabel Normand (without the awful ending to her life poor lamb) impression.

you see we Heard who-we-are-in-RL Brief the MUP (make up artist if you forgot that bit of Vocab from higher up the page – not at all, our pleasure) and show her a picture – well – of………..

and who-we-are-in-RL said, “I’d like to look a bit more like gloria”

we Nearly passed out with happiness. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


so she got a kiss curl.

just. like. us.


and now we Wait for the lady director to do the Edit.

most exciting.



and close the iris lens and Fade To Black (please).

oooooo, more of this please.

we’re So into Hollywood (the nice bits).

4f03dafa781b11e3b7b80a0a660ee051_8 58eb3fdc781011e382980e85391c3639_8today was a Really Good Day.



About teamgloria

I used to make my living from writing. And then it all stopped and so I went and did something else, part of which entailed a whole new look from Brooks Brothers (it wasn’t really me, but it was necessary). But a decade later I started to write again (during nights and weekends and frustrated lunch-times and long haul business travel) and one of the things I wrote (or came to me – as I do believe in the whole Muse concept) was a character called Gloria. Gloria was a trainee angel and sat “up there” waiting for her first assignment. To occupy the hours she should have been studying humans and their foibles, she spent her time enjoying the new celestial movies-on-demand channel and became obsessed by Doris Day. So you can imagine the drama that unfolded when she came to Earth. Quite a shock to the system. But Gloria was determined to see Manhattan through the eyes of a vintage Doris Day movie and something magical started to happen – to me too. Because I started to do the same thing and life became easier (and then I got Tobias the tumor which changed the trajectory, for now). There are a lot of glorious people, places & things that help me get through my day – they make my life great – and so I call them “team gloria” (although they don’t usually know that). So I thought I’d start documenting them, and looking out for new people, places & things on a daily basis, and sharing them with you (whomever you are – do say hello. Oh, and tell me who your team gloria is :-)
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13 Responses to we are ready for our close-up, madam director.

  1. Pingback: back to the drawing board….metaphorically speaking (although a real drawing board would be Nice) | teamgloria

  2. Now that, my darling, was worth the price of admission. A wonderful day, a wonderful curl, and a wonderful g— Gloria Transcendent!

  3. 1904 says:

    There’s something so intoxicating about a sound stage – it must be the magic that’s made. Well done! XXXX

  4. how awesome! so Team gloria! :-)

  5. William Godwin says:

    When can I expect the R2 bluray release? X

  6. Gallivanta says:

    a MUP and a kiss curl…how sweetly marvellous.

  7. What a glamorous day!

    The script was quite moving.

do say something - do :-)

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