By Bonnie Nipar | June 25, 2014
Hustle & Know Trayce Gigi Field
Hustle & Know is a new podcast hosted by delightful Costume Designer Trayce Gigi Field. Produced by Warner Bros., it started off as a web series scheduled to shoot in March, but due to the pandemic it became a podcast. “Essentially, the whole vibe of the podcast is to provide insight to what we do in the entertainment business and the ‘know-how’ to get in,” says Field.
In order to inform the layperson of the possibilities, Field is interviewing crew members from film and television doing a variety of jobs, like craft service, set decorators, transportation, music supervisors, lighting technicians, people doing jobs that might resonate with workers outside the industry hub. “Maybe there’s a mechanic in Bakersfield, who has no idea he could be in the transportation department in the film industry, or a good cook could be in craft service,” suggests Field. “I think of it more like an outreach program to inform people, who otherwise wouldn’t know what we do, with information they may not readily be able to attain. This is very near and dear to me because starting out, I didn’t know anyone in this business. I didn’t have any idea how to get in.”
Recording her first podcast of Hustle & Know, Field started by hosting a panel for Warner Bros.’ DC Universe. She interviewed Laura Jean Shannon and other members of LJ’s team whose expertise is supersuits. Working on four or five projects at a time, they encompass a variety of skills. “The conversation wasn’t really costume-based,” clarifies Field. “It was their path and their individual journey, how they ended up doing what they do.” Her second podcast was with Costume Designer extraordinaire Sharen Davis. “I love her story!” exclaims Field. Continuing with panel discussions, she also hosted a podcast with Colleen Atwood, Lindy Hemming, and Erin Benach. “As for myself, I come from a low-income, bi-racial background. Growing up, I didn’t really see people like me, didn’t know where I fit in,” she shares. “I want to make sure that I’m interviewing all different types of people, all walks of life, LGBTQ, people of color, so that I’m reaching all different audiences. I believe the film industry accepts everyone.”
Field and her guests will provide the Know, then each person needs to provide his/her own Hustle. It’s about reaching out and networking. Learning how to make cold calls, and having a strong work ethic. Field cautions it’s rare that anyone jumps in and starts as head of a department. To succeed at that level, you have to know what the job is, and that comes from experience. “The greatest value in starting as a PA or an assistant and working your way up is the network you create and the people you meet along the way,” she advises. “The biggest myth of Hollywood is that it’s all glamour all the time. Most of us, including the actors, work long hours and devote a huge portion of our lives to our craft. Working in Hollywood is super demanding and not the playground some might think.”
Field knows she wouldn’t be where she is today if not for help along the way. She wants to give back that kindness and make an impression on young lives or anyone’s life. She encourages her audience to DM her if they have questions. Right now, she is mentoring a few college students who reached out to her via Instagram. Field helps them by giving advice, or in some cases, helping to obtain PA jobs. She’s also been a guest on informative panels about Costume Design and was requested to speak at USC to a classroom of hopeful producers. These all are ways she gives back. “I’m about anything motivational and positive. If I can help just one person, I’ll feel I am doing my part.”
The podcast Hustle & Know is great entertainment for anyone who enjoys listening to true stories of Hollywood. And if you’re passionate to find a way into the business, listening to the energy and effervescent personality of Trayce Gigi Field will make you a believer. “You can do this! Put yourself out there and go for it!”