WHNT News 19 reporter Brian Lawson gets makeover for TV

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One of the cool things about being a newspaper reporter was “rumpled” was kind of built-in to the job description, so I was a natural.

Last fall, I was fortunate enough to get hired by WHNT News 19 for a reporting job. In the job interview I pointed out – as if I needed to – that I was a bit, uh, rumpled for TV. Everybody at the station, let’s be honest, is good-looking, so … Denise Vickers, the news director, just kind of grinned in response and said, “We can take care of that.”

Jeff Johnson, co-owner of Terrame, overhauled Brian's hairstyle and gave him key advice about styling products.
Jeff Johnson, co-owner of Terrame, overhauled Brian's hairstyle and gave him key advice about styling products.

Little did I know.

I was rumpled a few times on the air, and even I could see I needed an upgrade.

It was a full afternoon.

Mary Zingarelli provided professional makeup advice on how to achieve a camera-ready look. This was a completely foreign concept for Brian.
Mary Zingarelli provided professional makeup advice on how to achieve a camera-ready look. This was a completely foreign concept for Brian.

It involved like three kinds of make-up, some hair wax, some new duds and an ongoing discussion about my beard. By the end I was “made over.” I felt kind of ridiculous doing it, but a lot of nice people worked hard to sharpen me up from my default khakis and a blue shirt.

Greg Hill consulted Brian on men's professional clothing at Belk's Bridge Street location.
Greg Hill consulted Brian on men's professional clothing at Belk's Bridge Street location.

I’m grateful for their efforts. Any errors in applying hair wax, or foundation, are my own. Hopefully our viewers appreciate the change. I do.

Jerry Hayes went along for moral support and to reinforce which shirt and tie combos work.
Jerry Hayes went along for moral support and to reinforce which shirt and tie combos work.

 

 

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: WHNT News 19 would like to thank Jeff Johnson and Mary Zingarelli at Terrame for their help with Brian's hair and makeup.  We'd also like to thank Greg Hill at Belk's Bridge Street location for his expertise and recommendations on the clothing.

Brian strikes a pose for the camera. (WHNT News 19)
Brian Lawson's new look. Pretty snazzy, eh?. (WHNT News 19)

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