Stylists offer up lives for possible reality show series
Cindy Bucaro on camera at CoCo Beauty Lounge in Elmwood Park. | Photo courtesy Linzi Crooms
NAME: CoCo Beauty Lounge
ADDRESS: 7749 W. Grand Ave., Elmwood Park
CONTACT: (708) 453-5090, www.cocobeautylounge.com
Updated: September 7, 2012 12:22PM
ELMWOOD PARK — CoCo Beauty Lounge in Elmwood Park has filmed a reality show pilot to pitch to networks.
Beauty experts Linzi Crooms, Annie Laterza, Deanna Ballauer, and Denise Urbano landed the opportunity by networking and hard work.
“The L.A.-based production company happened to see all of my posts and pictures,” owner Linzi “CoCo” Crooms said. “I just network with everyone, so through the grapevine they heard about this salon that does all of these great events.”
The production company, Bonnie and Clyde Entertainment, found Crooms and her team incredibly successful for people so young.
“They thought it would be a positive type of reality show,” she said. “Here are girls that can do hair and makeup and have a positive influence on girls our age.”
Bonnie and Clyde Entertainment has two other shows airing sometime this fall.
“They were more into the film side of Hollywood, and now they’re getting more into the reality show side of it,” Crooms said. “We’re the third show they’re trying to pitch.”
The company filmed the girls at their shop at 7749 W. Grand Ave. in Elmwood Park for two weeks, focusing on Crooms’ life, business and bridal dream team.
Crooms let the film company into her home and filmed her home life with her son and husband. They wanted to portray a working woman running a business that also has a family.
“If this show gets picked up, it will be 20 percent personal and 80 percent business,” Crooms said.
Most of all, they filmed Crooms’ bridal dream team, traveling from downtown to the suburbs doing hair and makeup for brides.
The film company shot 60 hours and now must put that into a three-minute pilot. Bonnie and Clyde Entertainment then must pitch the pilot to different networks. Crooms hopes for Bravo, the same network that owns The Real Housewives franchise.
“Everyone is so excited and can’t believe that they might see someone they know on TV,” she said. “It is the first thing people ask about when they walk in the door.”
Crooms is grateful for the opportunity, whether they receive a reality show or not.
“Whether this gets picked up or not, this was a great opportunity,” Crooms said. “The girls and I got a small taste of Hollywood.”