In a typical year, Hollywood’s awards season provides work for an army of people including glam squads of hair and make-up people, of course, but also florists, limo drivers, waiters, parking attendants and so many more.
Those workers are suffering from what The Hollywood Reporter calls a “brutal hit” to their ability to make a living.
It’s been called The Red Carpet Economy, where thousands work largely unseen by the public, performing all sorts of tasks.
This has been their busiest weekend of the year, until now.
“I think a lot of people are really hurting,” said Eric Buterbaugh, who is known as the florist to the stars. “To be honest, I hate to say this but, it doesn’t really even feel like The Oscars, really.”
He is still the go-to floral designer, but right now his business must depend on gifting, for folks who send his floral designs to say “congratulations” or “thanks.”
“Normally, during Oscars season we’re doing four, five, six big parties and as those aren’t happening this year, it’s really a weird year for us,” Buterbaugh said.
His famous attention to detail has kept him busy. Same with caterer Sean Hayman, but that doesn’t mean business as usual.
“I had a full time assistant and she pretty much ran the office,” Hayman said. “And I had to let her go.”
His company fed firefighters battling last summer’s blaze in the Angeles National Forest, but his big show business gig last year, feeding the crowd at The Critics Choice Awards, evaporated in 2021 when the ceremony went virtual.
“It will be a matter of starting all over,” Hayman predicts. “But I like to think positive, and I think after a year or so, people will thirst for the more elaborate for what we were doing before this happened.”
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