What does is take to wrangle the MMVA co-hosts?
MuchMusic wrangler Kathleen Newman-Bremang knows what it takes to be in charge of the busiest people at the MMVAs. Wrangler’s must know where and when MMVA guests have to be at all times, act as their shadow and their guide to the MMVAs, and ensure their guest has a great time. Oh, and they’re doing it all during a live show. I need to lie down now.
Kathleen has been wrangling MMVA talent for years, from Brody Jenner to Chris Bosh to the Jonas Brothers. Most recently, she took on the role of being the sole wrangler for the 2013 MMVA co-host PSY, and Kathleen is again stepping up wrangle this year’s co-hosts, Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
We chatted with Kathleen to get the behind the scenes scoop on the world of wrangling and what she’s looking forward to the most this year.
What are the big rules of wrangling?
The big rules of wrangling: know where you are going, know where your talent is at all times, be organized, be nice, but assertive and ALWAYS BE ON TIME. Also, clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.
What’s the main different between wrangling a guest and wrangling the co-hosts?
The main difference is that the co-host has a lot more to do. The co-hosts are usually there for rehearsals on Saturday and Sunday. They have to do script run-throughs and camera tests while guests show up just for the main show on Sunday. As a wrangler, you spend more time with the co-hosts making sure they stay on schedule.
What was it like wrangling 2013 MMVA co-host PSY?
Psy was hosting and performing, so it was really challenging. A lot of running around, making sure his entourage and dancers were where they needed to be and making sure Psy had his script and was on time for everything. Being punctual was the most difficult part because Psy is basically the “Mariah Carey” of Korea, meaning he is a little bit of a diva (in a good way!) and is used to doing things on his own time. The MMVAs don’t work like that. We have a very strict schedule.
It took a lot of coaxing, but thankfully he made all of his cues and the show went smoothly. After his very last performance, we got to his greenroom and he gave me a huge hug and said, in perfect English, “I know you worked hard this weekend. Thank you!” It was a nice calm moment after a pretty hectic weekend. Plus, he hugs like a teddy bear!
What does your schedule look like for this weekend?
My weekend will be pretty full with rehearsals and camera tests for Kendall and Kylie Jenner. I’ll be with them and their team backstage making sure they have everything they need and I’ll be coordinating with the show producers and director to make sure Kendall and Kylie know their cues and get everywhere they need to be on time.
What are you most looking forward to while wrangling Kendall and Kylie?
I’m really excited to see what they will be wearing. Their outfits are always on point!
What is your most memorable MMVA moment?
I have so many but my ultimate favourite MMVA moment is probably from 2010. Our offices were in a small building very close to the parking lot where all the performers rehearsed, so we could hear every performance. Every time Miley Cyrus rehearsed Party in the USA we would leave our desks and run to the stage. Dancing to Party in the USA with my co-workers/ best friends in the parking lot is definitely one of my fave moments. I also love watching the dress rehearsals on the Friday and Saturday nights before the show. We got to see Lady Gaga rehearse her now infamous flaming bra routine in 2009 before anyone else saw it. We knew it was going to be something no one would forget.