When people ask me “What was it like to work with Martha?” my answer is always the same… It was amazing, challenging, creative, bonding, all hours, fast paced and the buzz and energy of the job was like at no other place. Working on The Martha Stewart Show was one of the best experiences of my life. From the first day I walked into Chelsea Studios, NYC, it felt like home. The similarities to my co- workers only solidified the family feel… (YOU arrange a bowl of apples on the counter until they are just so too?! You also hoard strange and random “craft materials” in bins and boxes because you never know when you might need them?! It’s not only me?) Being surrounded by a team of such creative people in every aspect of the job- food, producing, camera work, directing was incredibly inspiring. The things I learned there I apply to my life daily.
After seven amazing seasons the Martha Show wrapped yesterday. I cried a few times thinking about it, leading up to it, day of and was actually sort of relieved I didn’t have to be there on set at that last take (even though in that case crying at work would be completely acceptable!).
I was honored to be invited to the wrap party. When one door closes another opens… and in Martha’s thank you speech to us she reminded us of that and promised that her upcoming PBS “Cooking School” Show is just the beginning.
…And so even though parts of us were sad that it felt like the end of an era, we cheered and posed for pictures and congratulated and toasted each other for a job very well done.
Here are some fun photos from the party…
I did pretty well in the crying department at the party… until I saw Assistant Producer, Noel (Noellie) Rosselli with this sign. I was glad we both managed to hold it back and smile. Noel started the “glittered wrap sign tradition” a few years ago and its inspired by the cue cards the producers use behind the cameras on the show. Of coarse the season final wrap card of the Martha Stewart Show would be glittered! Every year after we made one and this was the final…
For all you Martha “superfans”, check out this amazing Martha Show slideshow created by Stephanie Fitzhugh (of the Martha Show promotions department)! Cheers to the Martha Show… Cheers to 7 amazing seasons… I can’t wait to see what’s next! Xo Dani