HVAC tech picks up gossip on set

You want a little behind the scenes inside scoop about the game shows and talk shows you watch? I have it, in spades, on my weekly podcast.

Now I have to be careful and not say my name, because I’m doing this secretly.

I always try to keep it light and positive and fun, but I am also basically eavesdropping on famous people and telling you what I hear. I really don’t want to lose my job, it pays great to be the on-set HVAC technician for a television studio. For all these dazzling stars to look so perfect on screen, they require two people, the makeup artist and the HVAC technician. The makeup artist covers their blemishes, makes them appear flawless and beautiful, and the air conditioning keeps that look locked into place under the hot lights. Let me tell you, the spotlights of the studio are hotter than hell, and that makeup will melt right off their faces without some pretty extreme cooling going on. There are air vents hidden all over the stage, not to blast AC on them, but to keep a constant flow of ice cold air gently moving all around them. It is literally an island of cooling in the middle of a sea of blast-furnace hot lights. Anyway, keeping all of these different HVAC components working perfectly requires a lot of tinkering, so I am always on set working and listening and picking up juicy tidbits of gossip. My podcast is about the celebs, not my HVAC work, although I couldn’t have one without the other.

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