Tales From Behind The Makeup Chair

Bad Behavior From Low End Talent

I’ve been working in this industry for about 15 years now and I have seen some bad behavior from talent. It always seems that the worst behaved people are the want-to-be celebrities. The A-listers I have worked with are always professional. About a year ago, I was booked to do the cover of LA Direct Magazine with Perez Hilton. The entire
crew showed up on a Saturday evening waiting for Perez to grace himself with his presence. After a half an hour of waiting, we received word that Mr. Hilton was not going to be showing up. The excuse was that he was sick. Now that may very well have been true, but don’t you think he knew he wasn’t feeling well early on in the day? If he was truly ill and a professional, he would have not have waited until a half an hour after he was to be there to cancel.

You could say that these things happen and it was a one-time incident, but a few months ago I got invited to the premiere party of Fox’s hit show “Glee” and low and behold, there was Perez Hilton. My cousins were in town from Virginia so they thought it would be fun to get a picture with the famed blogger. Let me tell you that guy was an ass. He was cocky and rude to my guests. It’s not surprising considering his lack of professionalism with the LA Direct Magazine shoot.

Recently, my publicist friend sent me a clip from KTLA. Apparently, Perez was scheduled to appear on their morning show to promote his new book. The story goes that he showed up to the studio an hour before he was scheduled to be on the air. Mr. Hilton did not want to wait because he had to blog so he left the studio. At the time, the studio offered him an office on site for him to work from but that wasn’t good enough so he walked out. KTLA’s Sam Rubin then retaliated by calling Perez on air, “talentless dope.”


Really who are these people anyway? Being a celebrity used to mean that you were talented for a least an expert on something. Now people can just be famous for trashing people online. So now your famous and you think somehow gives them a right to treat other people with disrespect. Why does Hollywood reward people for bad behavior? Just because you the man of the hour does not mean you are a God. It’s important to keep things in perspective. You may be on TV today, but if you burn too many bridges soon there won’t be any left for you to cross. You are still a human being just remember to act like one.

Michelle Lee
Makeup Maverick


December 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Hair & Makeup Jobs, Working as a Hair or Makeup Artist.

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