Coco White’s Behind-the-Scenes Journey at Tyler Perry Studios
Time to read 8 min
Time to read 8 min
Hello, everyone! It's Coco White, and today, I'm thrilled to share a snippet of my daily adventures at the renowned Tyler Perry Studios.
If you've ever been curious about the whirlwind of creativity and innovation behind this studio's iconic gates, you're in for a treat. Come with me as I unveil the magic, passion, and hair.
Anyone in the entertainment industry will attest to the significance of first impressions.
It’s not just about the debut of a movie or a character's entrance into a scene; it’s about immersing oneself wholly into the role from the get-go.
And nothing has taught me this more than my time at Tyler Perry Studios.
The minute details of a character, from their attire to their mannerisms, play a crucial role in storytelling.
These nuances transport both the artist and the audience into the realm of the narrative. Here at Tyler Perry Studios, I quickly realized the power of costumes.
A well-tailored dress or suit might set the stage, but the hair, especially wigs from Private Label, completes the metamorphosis.
With every strand meticulously crafted, these wigs have allowed me to slip into the psyche of my characters effortlessly.
Stepping into Tyler Perry Studios was akin to entering a universe brimming with talent, creativity, and passion.
From the first audition, I was embraced by a community that thrived on collaboration and innovation.
The sprawling sets, the state-of-the-art equipment, and the brilliant minds at work were a dream come true.
Many have left a lasting impact on my journey here, but a few stand out prominently.
First is Tyler Perry, whose vision and dedication set the gold standard for Black entertainment. Then there are the unsung heroes - the scriptwriters, the makeup artists, the lighting crew - who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make magic happen.
Lastly, the incredible team at Private Label Studios ensures that my characters always have the perfect hair to match their personalities.
Before joining Tyler Perry Studios, I had always appreciated the art of makeup and the transformative power of a good wig.
But it was when I started working closely with the wizards from Private Label that I truly grasped the depths of this craft.
Private Label doesn’t merely provide wigs; they craft stories.
The process begins with meticulous selection. Each hair source is chosen based on the character's backstory, the desired texture, and the look we aim to achieve.
Once the raw materials are in hand, the styling begins. This isn't a one-size-fits-all procedure.
Each wig is tailored to the individual – considering face shape, skin tone, and the role's specific needs.
Fitting the wig is an art in itself. It’s not about merely placing it atop one's head. It's about ensuring it sits perfectly, seamlessly blending in, becoming a part of you.
Private Label's dedication to this craft is unparalleled, and their expertise shines in every character I've portrayed.
This indescribable feeling overcomes me each time I don a wig, especially one from Private Label.
It's as if I've stepped into another realm, fully embracing the soul of the character I'm set to play. It’s more than just hair; it's an aura, an essence, a vibe.
I recall a specific moment during the filming of a particularly intense scene.
As soon as my wig was fitted, I saw myself in the mirror. I no longer saw Coco White.
Staring back at me was the embodiment of the character, her pains, her joys, her history. At that moment, I felt her emotions coursing through me, and I knew I was ready to deliver a performance that would resonate with our audience.
We are stepping into Private Label Studios for the first time, and it feels like entering a realm where artistry meets cutting-edge technology.
The ambiance is an intricate blend of creativity and precision, ensuring every recording session captures the essence of a performance in its purest form.
Every space within the studio is designed with the artist in mind.
No detail is overlooked, from the state-of-the-art soundproofing that guarantees crystal-clear acoustics to the ergonomic design that offers optimal comfort during long recording sessions.
The atmosphere is always charged with a refreshing energy, making each recording session an exhilarating experience.
It's a space where creativity can flow freely, with every tool and equipment imaginable at our disposal.
Your work environment can profoundly influence your output as an artist.
At Private Label Studios, I've found that my best takes often emerge spontaneously, inspired by the sheer brilliance of the space. It's not just a studio; it's a sanctuary for artists.
While the facilities are exceptional, its dedicated team sets Private Label Studios apart.
From sound engineers who meticulously fine-tune every note to ensure it resonates perfectly to the support staff who ensure every need is catered to, the level of professionalism is unparalleled.
Working closely with this team, I've witnessed firsthand the passion they bring to their craft.
They don't just record; they elevate every performance, ensuring each piece resonates with emotion and authenticity.
Their expertise, combined with their unwavering dedication, has played an instrumental role in many successful recordings.
Immersing oneself into a new character is akin to embarking on a journey to unknown terrains.
Each role, no matter how big or small, comes with its set of nuances, and for me, capturing that essence requires dedication, a methodological approach, and, often, some soul-searching.
Research: The first step always begins with understanding the backdrop of the character.
Is she from the 1940s? What societal norms would she be subjected to? Where does she come from?
What are her core beliefs? Delving deep into these questions and many more helps build the foundation of the character.
Workshops: These are interactive sessions where I bounce off ideas with my colleagues, directors, and sometimes even the writers.
These sessions are crucial as they provide perspective, and often, during these discussions, the character begins to take a more definitive shape.
Rehearsals: The real magic happens here. With the background work done, this is where the character starts walking, talking, and behaving in the real world.
It's a playground of emotions where I experiment, fail, retry, and finally crystallize my portrayal.
The Unique Challenges and Rewards of Working on a Tyler Perry Production:
Tyler Perry Studios is a melting pot of talent; every production brings a distinctive flair.
The challenges? The pace is frenetic; the expectations are sky-high. There's a constant drive to push boundaries and create something that's not only entertaining but also culturally significant.
But it's these very challenges that make the rewards all the sweeter.
Being part of a Tyler Perry production means you're part of a story that resonates deeply with its audience.
It's an opportunity to be part of narratives that matter, stories that spark conversations, and characters that stay with viewers long after the curtains close.
And at the heart of it all, it's about creating art that touches souls.
Being on set is akin to diving into a whirlpool of emotions, actions, and reactions.
But what truly ties the experience together is the camaraderie shared among the cast members. As actors, our lives may temporarily intersect for a role, but the bonds formed often last a lifetime.
Every actor brings a universe of experiences, interpretations, and skills.
Collaborating with them is a unique dance of merging our worlds to create a coherent, captivating narrative. It's incredible how a simple scene can be elevated with my co-stars' collective passion and creativity.
They challenge, inspire, and, most importantly, teach me. Working alongside such powerhouses of talent is a humbling experience.
Of course, it's not all work and no play.
There have been countless moments when we've burst into laughter over a mispronunciation, a prop mishap, or an unplanned ad-lib.
These spontaneous moments of joy often lead to some of the best on-screen performances.
They say laughter is the best glue and cements our off-screen relationships.
I recall a particular day when a co-star and I decided to switch our lines for fun during rehearsals.
The confusion it caused was hilarious, leading to a ripple effect of amusement across the entire set.
These are the memories that don't make it to the big screen but are the ones that stay etched in our hearts forever.
In the grand scheme, movies and shows may come and go, but these behind-the-scenes moments, the friendships nurtured, and the memories created to stand the test of time.
The journey from a script's crisp pages to a theatre's glowing screen is both exhilarating and demanding.
But it's this very journey, filled with its highs and lows, that keeps us artists coming back for more, time and time again.
Each script that lands in our hands is a story waiting to be told, a dream waiting to be realized.
At Tyler Perry Studios, the commitment to quality starts from the very inception of an idea. Every scene, every dialogue, every shot is mulled over, discussed, and sometimes even debated.
The sets, lighting, and camera angles are all carefully crafted to capture the essence of the narrative.
The attention to detail is astounding. Take hair and makeup, for instance.
With the support of brands like Private Label, I've had wigs that perfectly match the essence of my character down to the very last strand.
Though seemingly small, these nuances come together to weave the tapestry of the story we're trying to tell.
There's nothing quite like sitting in a darkened theatre, watching months (or years) of hard work unfold on the big screen.
Every cheer, applause, and tear the audience sheds makes the grueling hours worth it.
Our fans are the lifeblood of what we do. Sharing our labor of love with them and seeing their reactions is the ultimate reward.
Their support, feedback, and sometimes even critiques drive us to push boundaries and consistently deliver our best.
Looking back at the projects I've participated in, I'm grateful for the entire team behind each production and the audience that embraces our work with open arms.
The journey from script to screen might be rigorous, but the destination? It's pure magic.
More than just a filming location, Tyler Perry Studios has indeed been my inspiration.
This place has taught me that dreams, no matter how vast, can be brought to life with unwavering dedication and a sprinkle of magic.
The perfect wig by Private Label isn't just a prop; it’s a transformative tool that takes me from Coco White to the myriad characters I can portray.
Beyond the scenes and sets, the laughter shared moments of introspection and camaraderie with my fellow artists enrich this journey.
I’m delighted to have had you accompany me, even if virtually, on this enlightening backstage tour.
I hope it gave you a small window into the world I'm blessed to be a part of every day. Until we meet again on this platform or at the theatres, I encourage you to keep your dreams alive, believe in the magic of possibilities, and create without boundaries.
I am sending love and gratitude to each one of you. Until next time!