Life on Set, “What’s Mine Is Yours”
We are huge fans of Katherine Nelson and also happen to be good friends. We first worked with her on a feature film, “Prophet of the Restoration”, about 10 years ago. She was up for a big roll, and selected from over 800+ applicants (something she would never tell you, but I will 🙂 She happened to have a look they loved, but there was one drawback. She was a singer, not an actor.
But the director took a chance and flew her out to Illinois to shoot a piece of the film, which also happened to be her formal screen test. That’s quite an investment for a film to make and a huge chance to take too. But they did, and for my entire makeup and hair department and everyone working on that show, it was love at first sight. She was gracious, fun, and confident, in everything but her acting ability. She wasn’t sure how to get to the “acting” part of things, so innately decided to read every book about “Emma” the part that she might be playing. She came to know the real life character and would simply “feel” what Emma would feel in each situation. The outcome was magical, real, and genuine and I can honestly say, Katherine nailed it.
I’ve continued working with Katherine from time to time and every shoot with her always turns out to be an inspiring and wonderful experience. Somehow, that non-acting singer has a way of drawing from the heart and capturing the exact words I need to hear. She is truly an inspiration.
A couple of years ago, we did some commercials, which she was brought in to play the part of a snow princess. We had a great time glitzing her out, but once again, in our conversations as we got her ready, her words were music to my ears. When I asked her what she was up to, she lit up and told me about writing a new album, with a whole new style, and she was thrilled. She had so much that she hoped to share, and felt that this was the perfect opportunity. I was excited for her and could hardly wait to see what amazing things she would come up with.
So when her Born Brave CD was recently released, I could hardly wait to hear it. The messages were clearly from her heart and from many struggles in her own life that she had overcome…it was a message every woman can embrace…and that message was: When we strengthen women, we are all born brave. Absolute perfection.
As I did Katherine’s makeup & hair on the “What’s Mine is Yours” Music video, she did it again. She left me inspired by our conversations and went on to share a message that was very deep and meaningful to her. Every now and then, I’d have to step in to reset her makeup from the tears that trickled down her cheeks. Real tears from a singer with a real heart, not from an actress. It was hard to hold back tears of my own, knowing the sincerity and the heart behind this message.
And now, just in case I’ve left you thinking that Katherine is just an emotional sap, there’s another side to her that is absolutely endearing. She is very tender, compassionate, and caring, but she also loves to have fun, and has a sense for adventure that keeps life exciting. We recently worked on another feature together, “Ephraim’s Rescue” and were thrilled to have an early day. So what else would 4 women do, with a few moments to spare? Shop, of course! Here are some pictures from that little spree with Katherine and 2 of our other actresses, Mia Ramsay and Christine Torriente-Robey. (soo so cute!)
So I think I can sum it up easily, Katherine Nelson is real, she’s genuine, and is a very fun person with a whole lot of heart. Enjoy her new music video–it was a treat to work on it with her, as always. Once you become a huge Katherine Nelson fan (which we think is as soon as you hear her sing 🙂 Here is where you can connect with her:
Love you guys!!
Laurie & Tiffany