Spotlight is ComingSoon’s interview series with below-the-line and/or up-and-coming talent in the world of television and film. Our aim is to shine a spotlight on the varied positions that make the entertainment you love possible rather than focusing purely on actors and directors.
ComingSoon’s Jeff Ames spoke with Hair Department Head Joyce Gillard about her work on A Lot of Nothing.
ComingSoon: What led to you becoming a hair department head?
Joyce Gillard: After years of working in the TV & Film Industry as a Key Hairstylist or Additional Hairstylist, I felt like it was time for me to venture out to do more. I desired to design and create looks more but knew the only way I could really do it at the time was to be a Department Head Hairstylist.
What was it about A Lot of Nothing that made you want to work on the project?
The intense storyline was what sold me! And also being able to work with a talented cast and amazing crew helps too!
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What was the most challenging aspect of A Lot of Nothing and how did you overcome that?
The most challenging part of working on A Lot of Nothing was coming back a year later to finish the project. We were shut down when COVID hit and came back to finish it! Everyone’s looks changed in a year. I had to recreate hairstyles with the cast who had pandemic hair!
Thank God I had great continuity pictures to recreate the hairstyles!
Do you have any fun, behind-the-scenes stories about the making of A Lot of Nothing?
We used to have fun on set. We were like a big family. We laughed, made jokes, played music, and just had fun while filming.
What were some of the things you learned from A Lot of Nothing that you’re excited to apply to future endeavors?
I learned that when everyone has great energy, is on the same page, and works together, anything can be done! Even if you have to come back a year later to finish it.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you are able to talk about?
I am excited about RISE, which is coming out later this year!