This is the drawer just outside the studios where we stop off to pick up our microphone and talkback before going on air. The talkback pack is the little unit attached to our earpiece which means we can hear the director and producer talking to us during shows.
These packs are hidden under our clothes, generally on a waistband if we're wearing trousers or a skirt, or on our bra strap or the back of our tights if in a dress. It is all very organised as you can see – they're all labelled with our names.
After a show we put them back on the shelf where the sticky tape says "Returns" – if we forget, we get a soundman chasing us to our dressing rooms!
We have no script or autocue at QVC, so we need to read the product details off the screen, just as you do at home! When you see us glancing down, the monitors (pictured above left) are what we are looking at. We have two monitors in front of us – the left hand one shows the shot that is currently on screen. The right hand one shows us the shot that will be coming up next and also has a slightly magnified version of the product details which is easier for us to read from a distance.
We do have to bring notes onto the set with us though so we hide those on a little shelf somewhere – this picture (left) shows the shelf behind the clothes on a fashion show.
We also have a little table where we can put notes, make-up for quick touch-ups in the breaks, and glasses of water. Talking non-stop for a couple of hours at a time is a thirsty job!
Behind the cameras, the floor manager (pictured left) is standing by ready to bring in the next item. We show something else on the screen while this happens… the floor managers are all very, very good at their jobs and it only takes a few seconds for them to whisk the previous item away and replace it with the next one!
And if you've ever wondered how the models turn around so perfectly in time with each other, here's another little secret – every fashion show has a second floor manager in the studio to act as a "twirler".
The director can't talk directly to the models because they don't wear earpieces, so when the director wants the models to twirl, he/she tells the twirler, who raises a hand in the air to indicate to the models that they need to twirl (pictured left).
Finally, this is our view of the cameras (below left). There are four in the studio, usually just one or two of them operated by a camera person; the others work robotically and are controlled from the gallery where the producer and director sit.
That's it for now. If there's anything else you'd like to see or anything you've always wanted to know about QVC, do let me know and I will try to help! You can get in touch by leaving a comment on this blog (see below) or tweet me – my Twitter name is @jackiekabler.
I'm off on holiday for a couple of weeks from the 22nd (heading off for some African sunshine!) so I'll see you in February. Take care of yourselves!
Love Jackie x