How to Be a Red Carpet Anybody

If you need a reminder of where you’re at on the food chain, try attending a fancy award show like I did for work last year.

Anybody gonna holla at me?

Anybody gonna holla at me? ANYONE?

Since the CMA Awards are being held in Nashville tonight, here’s a little tutorial in being somebody vs. anybody…

If you’re somebody, you get dropped off at the red carpet in a tricked out Chevrolet sponsored event car.

Lady Antebellum, being chauffeured to the red carpet entrance.

If you’re anybody else, you get to park two miles away, fending off a Chatty Cathy parking attendant (who also happens to be from Iowa and wants to talk your face off about it) and make your grand entrance on foot.

Finally making it to the red carpet – what did I miss?

If you’re somebody, you wait for the photographers to shout your name before appearing on the carpet.

Begging for the celebs.

Shawn Johnson, the retired Olympic gold medalist and Dancing With the Stars alum being cat called from the peanut gallery.

If you’re anybody else, you hide in this hallway while the star you’re accompanying soaks up the flash bulbs.

Where the star wranglers hunker down during red carpet photo moments. This hallway is directly behind the “stand and pose” photo wall.

Being somebody, you don’t need any announcement when you appear on the red carpet. Photographers and fans just know you and shout your name accordingly.

Lisa Marie Presley (yes, that Presley) needs no introductions (and yes, I was dying as I was snapping this photo).

When you’re anybody, your name appears in marker on a clipboard that is held up for the photographers just before you turn the corner to be photographed, ensuring people know who the hell you are.

A smattering of applause and a lone flashbulb for the anybodies of the red carpet.

When you’re somebody and you’ve recently got caught stepping out on your wife, you go to the awards show with her anyway (and a year later, you’re going through a divorce).

Jason Aldean and his once forgiving, now not-so-much wife.

If you’re anybody else and everyone knows you’re a cheat, you stay at home and watch the awards from your couch in your pajama pants you haven’t taken off for three days, a stale beer and yesterday’s pizza, feeling remorseful. But this is country music and cheating is a staple. Which is why there are songs referencing tears in beers.

When you’re somebody, you know you look good and work it all the way up and down the red carpet.

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott strikes a pose in a form-fitting dress.

Jake Owen pranced around in a leopard blazer that I wanted to rip off his shoulders and keep all to myself (therefore giving him a complex that I was stalking him because I literally took 12 pictures of him down the carpet due to his jacket).

I seriously couldn't stop.

I seriously couldn’t stop.

When you’re anybody else, you blog about the perils of what to wear to the award show.

Does this vest make me look like somebody? DOES IT?

When you’re somebody, you get interviewed live by TV stations.

Tim Allen being interviewed by Evan Farmer of CMT.

When you’re anybody else, you crouch down in the corner ninja-style, trying to stay out of the camera’s shot or you’ll be kicked off the carpet. The horror.

The on my knees in the corner view.

The on my knees in the corner view.

If you’re somebody, you have no problems finding a plus one to be your date.

Lisa Marie Presley with her hipster hubs make one handsome couple.

When you’re anybody else, you have to hang with all of the other people who are working the show.

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Plus one-less and workin’ it with hot men in uniforms. Poor me.

When you’re somebody, you perform on the massive stage.

2012 CMA Award show stage.

When you’re anybody else, you’re perfectly fine asking a stranger to take your picture (no shame…I have no shame) in front of it.

Anybody want to take my picture?

When you’re somebody, your entourage follows you up on stage to get you gussied up before the live performance.

Hair, make up and wardrobe folks putting the final touches on Carrie Underwood before her performance.

If you’re anybody else,  you have to take pictures back stage to remember where the bathroom is located, so you can brush your hair and reapply lipstick.

Which way to the ladies?

When you’re somebody, you blow the roof off the joint then head out to the after party.

Aided by the foggiest fog machine ever and blasting confetti, you would have thought it was New Year’s Eve during Carrie Underwood’s performance.

When you’re just anybody, you get to go and walk the empty red carpet before tearing it down.

Long walk to fame…

And then pose just like anybody else while no one calls your name.

No clipboard introduction necessary on the empty carpet.

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Oh you need this side too? Here you go.

It’s rough trying to be anybody! Wish somebody would have told me.

CBXB

CBXB!

78 thoughts on “How to Be a Red Carpet Anybody

  1. vudragovich says:

    I am glad you were in some of those somebody shots! I do not follow celebs and did not know a one of them. But I know who feeds Mr Bear, that is an important lady there!

  2. Hey, you’re somebody to all of us anybodies out here. Wasn’t that Carrie Underwood with all those marines!

  3. That’s so cool! Glad you had a fun time. Although, in viewing the comments, I must ask– what is Piggly Wiggly, and how can I get one?!?

    • Oh you’ve never heard of Piggly Wiggly?! It’s a grocery store chain that you must stop and go into when/if you ever spot one. They are very classy joints. What if you hit a college football game AND a Piggly Wiggly in one weekend?!

  4. SerachShiro says:

    I think the somebodies aren’t so fun like you and the clipboard photos were so cool girl 🙂 !

  5. Jewelyz says:

    OMG your writing is so funny, I really like this article. And your pics are amazing, cant understand why your not on the carpet!

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