I had a friend who was down in the Caribbean at a bar with her crew and they all had their boat shirts on after a long charter. A woman approached her (Rebecca Taylor Henning) and introduced herself as a reality tv producer. She explained that she always had this idea to do a reality show about the secret life of yachting since she herself had worked in the industry at a young age. My friend put her in touch with me and 4 years later we had a hit show.
I helped Rebecca put the show together from the beginning. She was an incredibly talented producer and I was excited to work for her and her husband on BelowDeck. It was a heart project and something I put a lot of time into. Right up until it was time to film I still wasn’t sure I wanted to be in front of the camera, but I really wasn’t sure who they would get in my place. Knowing what I know now I’m glad it wasn’t Kate and that there was some professionalism with me there on the interior the first season.
She is entertaining and snarky, but she is not a good chief stew. Her guests complain about her “friendliness” or lack thereof, she encourages her girls to lie to the guests and treat them horribly while talking about them behind their backs, and she does an amazing job of making the guests feel uncomfortable while insulting them. Would you want to pay money like that to have the staff berate you on national television? I wouldn’t. That shit would never fly on a real charter boat.
Nope, but it was an exciting opportunity.
Well, I did actually come back for 2 episodes… but why wasn’t I on the whole season? I think it’s because I was too professional. I cared too much about the job and not enough about acting like a fool to get camera time like some of the other cast members who came on the boat to be reality stars.
All of the amazing doors the notoriety of the show has opened have been awesome!
Besides the actual filming which was pretty torturous, the year and a half waiting for Bravo to edit and finally air the show was pretty brutal. Up until about two months before it aired we still didn’t know if it was going to happen. That was an emotional roller coaster.
A few. I see Ben off and on in Ft Lauderdale and I’m still friendly with Dave, but that’s it.
No. I’m a lot more fun than what you see, but I’ve learned the hard way that it’s not the mission of reality tv to make you look good. They grasp at anything that has dramatic effect.
I consider that a successful season. I can’t say the same about any of the seasons Kate has been in charge. I think Hannah has done a pretty good job of taking care of the guests and trying to help her girls. I enjoy watching the Med seasons.
I wish I had had more fun with it. By the time we started filming I was so stressed out and I stayed that way the whole season because I really did care about making sure the yachting industry doesn’t coming off looking like just a bunch of drunken monkeys.
They were not there to do their jobs and I was. They came with the intention to party and get laid. I didn’t. It was a complete conflict of interest. It doesn’t matter that they wanted to screw off, we still had a job to do. I made them do it and they hated me for it.
I was told ahead of time I was going to be the “bitch everyone loved to hate”. Professionally speaking that’s not bad for me because it showed I was serious about my job, which is why I’m the only one of the 3 of us that still works on yachts.
I did. Ben and Dave. They are both professionals that weren’t there to camera whore themselves.
Kat did and has always done what is good for Kat. She is one of the most selfish opportunists I’ve ever met. I don’t know about now, but at the time she had a drinking and a substance abuse problem and I called her out on it. No one in her position ever likes the person that does that, but in my position, fundamentally, it was a safety issue. Would you trust her in that state to safely get your family off the boat if there was an emergency? I wouldn’t. If you have those kind of problems don’t go on National tv unless you want the world to find out. Sorry not sorry.
She’s an entitled bitch. She was never there to do her job. Period.
To be honest, if people base their opinions of me on 9 (42 minute episodes) of my life, without getting to know me, I don’t care. I take my job seriously, but when I’m working with other crew who actually care about the job and the guests I get to have a lot more fun.
I freelance. In my real yachting career I’m a chef, always have been. So I work on several different boats for some amazing people. I also cater at events like ACL, concerts, and Burning Man.
I don’t know. I’ve toyed with the idea of doing a non drama related travel show.
Hmm. I’m not a lesbian just because I didn’t get hammered and hook up with any of the guys on the show. I had a boyfriend. I don’t know how that escalated into such a ridiculous thing.