Norman Reedus Men’s Fitness
Let’s face it… the Norman Reedus Men’s Fitness cover is the definition of bad ass! Its not just because; he happens to the be coolest crossbow wielding zombie killer on the most watched basic cable television series in history, or he’s an incredible actor, or his hair is the spectacular, or his body is chiseled, or his latest cover story is the highest selling magazine cover in the 25 year history of Men’s Fitness. Yes, all of the contribute to him being “bad-ass,” but the real reason is because Norman Reedus is one of the most genuine, sincere and professional actors I have ever had the pleasure to work with.
I thought it would be fun to give you a quick glimpse into my world working with a leading celebrity. Therefore I decided to provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of grooming Norman Reedus for the Men’s Fitness shoot. (See below for other shoots with Norman)
- Norman’s publicist: Super publicist Jeffrey Chassen of B|W|R suggests to the magazine’s editor that they use Norman’s Groomer/Hairstylist. (Note: A special “thanks” goes out to Jeffrey who launched my career in the world of styling Celebrities. He was the first publicist to give me a break when my portfolio was very sparse, and it truly changed my career! Thanks Jeff)
- The call sheet: This is a document sent by the magazine sharing the details of the shoot such as date, time and location. This is emailed to the photographer, wardrobe stylist, groomer/hairstylist, assistants and any other party that will be involved with the days photo shoot.
- The Morning of the Photo Shoot: Typically, the photographer and photo assistants will arrive first to set up their equipment. Usually, I am scheduled to arrive an hour to thirty minutes before Norman.
- The Intro’s: I make it a practice of always introducing myself to everyone in the room. I find that regardless of someones position or title we are coming together as a team to achieve the best results. Not only does this break the ice on the set, but it helps define the expectations and the role everyone plays.
- The Set Up: Photo studios have a makeup/hair station in each studio. I like to arrive early so I have plenty of time to organize my equipment and products at my station. This way when Norman walks in I am ready to go! At this point in my career I’m pretty much on autopilot when it comes to organizing my equipment. I always lay out my station the same so I can quickly and easily grab whatever I need. I find this ritual necessary so I am never holding up the talent or photographer during the frequent changes on set.
- The Food: If a photo shoot is scheduled for a full day there it is always catered for both breakfast and lunch. Danger! Danger! This is always a danger zone for me. Most times the catering is really good, plentiful, and way to tempting to nibble throughout the day. I catch myself saying to often, “just one more bite”… UGH!
- The Talent: Norman arrives on schedule and goes directly to wardrobe. He reviews the clothes with the magazine’s team, his publicist Jeffrey, and the wardrobe stylist. Once they have all agreed on the wardrobe & accessories then the fitting begins for all the different looks for the day’s shoot. Often there will be a tailor on set to make adjustments to the clothes. If there is not a tailor, then the wardrobe stylist will have a”bag of tricks” that will make certain the clothes look flawless on Norman.
- The Grooming/Hairstyling: Once the clothes are fitted, Norman heads to my station. Norman and I discuss how he wants to be groomed for the various shots. Sometimes the magazine will give direction or inspiration on how they would like the story to look but ultimately it’s important to always make the actor feel most comfortable with their look. They have a very valuable brand to protect.
- On Set: The talent will head to set where the lighting, camera, computers and monitors are set. Today most all photographers shoot with a digital camera. The photographer will have a dialogue with the talent giving them direction on where to stand or what marks to hit to maximize the sets lighting. Its a thrill to watch a great photographer capture a perfect moment in one click. My job on set is to make sure that the hair/skin are looking it’s best… all the time and under all conditions.
- Wardrobe Change: Once the magazine is satisfied with the images from the first look, then the stylist will assist Norman in changing his wardrobe for the next look. I will then step in as necessary to apply touch ups to the makeup or tweak his hair.
- Finished: Once all the looks have been captured on camera, the day will come to an end. Ever since I have worked with Norman, he is the most gracious when it comes to thanking the entire team involved on the shoot. He always makes it a point and go up to every person on the team and personally thank them. Just another reason why his cool!
- The Waiting Game: Since magazines shoot stories several months in advance of the issue hitting the newsstands, an eternity passes before I can see the fruit of my labor. But the wait is worth it! There are few things more satisfying than walking by a magazine stand and seeing your magazine cover for the first time. I was walking through Grand Central Station on my way to a job when I first saw the Men’s Fitness cover. It caught me by surprise as it was prominently displayed next to the register. The black and white contrast against all the other magazines on the stand made it pop out amongst the sea of other magazines that filled the shelves.
Since the magazine has sold out, I think it’s fair to say the photo shoot was a huge success!
Want to achieve a look similar to Norman’s? Try some of my favorite grooming and hair products.
Face Cleanser: Removes dead surface skin cells and other impurities in the skin. Keihls Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub is made with scrub particles that will help to alleviate roughness and help soften facial hair for a closer shave.
Body Soap: Talk about a little tingle in the shower. Dr. Bronners Peppermint Liquid Soap is 100% organic essential oils include olive, hemp, coconut, and palm oil all help to leave skin feeling silky smooth while giving the skin a little tingle.
Face Cream: Billy Jealousy Combination Code Face Moisturizer Facial Astringents is a lightweight moisturizer that will hydrate, smooth and soften the skin. (It’s great for oily skin)
Shaving Gel: Zirh Shave Gel non foaming formula helps protect the skin from nicks, cuts and razor burn.
PRO TIP: Want to avoid in-grown facial hairs, then try some of these tips.
- Use an exfoliating scrub to help encourage ingrown hairs to come out.
- Splash your face with warm water before applying shaving creams, gels, oils.
- Shave in the same direction as the hair is growing.
- Try to avoid short strokes. One long swipe is better than many.
- Rinse the blade in warm water after every swipe.
- Throw out dull razors. Sharp blades are always best!
- Use a cold compress to immediate after shave to close the pours.
Shampoo & Conditioner: Grooming Lounge Shampoo removes residue to help promote healthy hair and scalp. Grooming Lounge Conditioner leaves hair soft and manageable. Both feature a great mint scent that leaves scalps tingling.
Paste: If you are looking for a no shine finish to create a bad ass Zombie Killer texture, Imperial Fiber Paste is the way to go. It’s has a light to medium hold that will provide control without weighing down the hair. If you don’t have time from office to dinner just spritz a little water into the hair to reactivate the paste for easy styling.
PRO TIP: When applying products, always apply from back of head to front. This will eliminate the over application or build-up of products around the hairline.
Want to see more photo shoots with Norman Reedus?
- Click here to learn about the projects Norman is working on.
- Click here to see Norman’s Bello Cover Shoot.
- Click here for Norman’s work out tips in Men’s Fitness.
- Click here for Norman’s New York Times interview.
- Click here for a fun interview with Norman.
Selfie of us on set taken by Norman. I mean how cool is he? SOOOOOOO COOL!
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