Mary Amons RHODC by Cinderella’s Glass Closet

Mary AmonsCinderella’s Glass Closet (CGC) has relaunched as Cinderella’s Glass PR (http://cinderellasglasspr.com/). We’re excited to be featuring one of her celebrity interviews on TBBReality. As many of you know, CGC was a premiere blog, producing 5 or more celebrity interviews weekly last year. That being said, she’s starting over with fresh content, and new marketing ideas.  As per Lindsey of CGC, “At the end of the day we want to get back to our roots, continue to network, pursue friendships, and this all results in bringing you great interviews.”


By Lindsey (Cinderella’s Glass Closet)

For our latest interview we are thrilled to feature one of our favorite Housewives, Mary Amons of The Real Housewives of DC. We want to note something that most people do not know. A couple of years ago a celebrity charity event was in the works for our cause: Fibromyalgia awareness. Many celebrities agreed to participate, and Mary was the first one to check her schedule to see if she could come host the event in New York. Unfortunately, Lindsey (the driving force behind CGC) who is a Fibro sufferer, had a deterioration in her health and the event did not happen. However, we want to give credit to Mary Amons for not only doing this interview, but for her big heart.
Read on to learn about Mary’s other causes, her family, and get a sneak peek in to something that everyone is buzzing about- her locked closet.
 
CGC: When you look back on the Real Housewives of DC why do you think the show was discontinued?
 
MA: We were never given a clear answer as to why exactly Andy Cohen didn’t bring us back. The White House incident seems to be the most obvious reason. This decision was a bit strange for all of us involved in the show as cast and production, given the fact that our show had the highest rated freshman season in the history of the franchise. I believe that the Salahis became too much of a liability for the image of the network. Their antics were the primary focus of our show, but going forward without them would have been difficult (I think). There have been many people that have expressed a strong desire to have us back. They have reached out to both Andy, and the network. As much fun as it would be to be back working with Lynda, Cat and Stacie, I am moving on and pursuing some other opportunities to be back on TV as a host, and possibly to have my own show. 2013 is going to be an exciting year for my career!
 
CGC: I must say that as my daughter grows I often think about the special lock that you have on your closet (as seen on The Real Housewives of DC). Is the lock still in place ? And what do you have hiding in that closet that we ALL might love?

MA: We sold our beautiful house last February and the lock came with me. It had to, as my finger was the only one that could gain access to the closet when it was closed! My closet has always been my sanctuary. As a busy mother of 5 kids, there aren’t many places in our home where I can find solitude. When we remodeled some of our home, I created a space that not only provided me with a beautiful place to house my things, but also a peaceful room to be by myself. Being [alone] is something that we all need to do on a regular basis, in order to stay centered, and at peace with yourself. I have a few very favorite things housed in my closet, one being my Labels for Love Cross, exclusively by Christofle (http://bit.ly/tZhi3J). This is something that I treasure.  I received many compliments on it when I was on TV, so the company graciously relaunched it in the name of the my charitable foundation, Labels for Love (www.labelsforlove.org) I also recently launched my voice-over career, so I have my home studio now set up in my closet too! It truly is my special place to work, pray, play, think, and take care of myself!

 
CGC: In speaking with you, we know that charity work is very important to you. Please tell us about the charities that you are working on currently.
 
MA: In 2006, I founded Labels for Love, a 501c3 organization to raise funds and awareness for women’s and children’s causes. I have a strong desire to create interesting fashion and art-inspired events to celebrate, and support worthy causes. I grew up in a family that is very service-oriented. My father, Robert Schmidt, started a foundation in 1970 in honor of Coach Vince Lombardi that raised funds for the Lombardi Cancer Research Center at Georgetown University. This was our family project. We held a golf and tennis event every summer that established a legacy of giving back, teamwork and serving the community. I realize the gift that this is to me, and my siblings, and I have a desire to pass this important legacy on to my own children. Labels for Love has supported many worthy causes locally here in DC, as well as Fran Drescher‘s organization, Cancer Schmancer. Currently, the focus of my fundraising efforts is Girl Power 2 Cure, an amazing organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for treatments, and a cure for Rett Syndrome. Rett Syndrome is a devastating neurological disorder that (almost) exclusively affects girls. I’m so excited to use this exposure in the entertainment business to support and make an impact on those women’s and children’s organizations in need of support. (www.girlpower2cure.org) In addition, I do hope to produce another fashion show in DC this year to support the amazing work of Girl Power 2 Cure! Next, I am the National Spokesperson for Tix4Cause, a company with a big idea and a big heart. Tix4cause is a ticket exchange platform that links purchasers to over 7 millions tickets they want and, with each purchase, up to 100% of the proceeds goes to a deserving cause (www.tix4cause.com).  It’s in my heart to support worthy causes that really make a difference in the lives of others. We have so much to be grateful for and to give back is one of life’s biggest blessings.
 
CGC: We understand that you receive a lot of invitations to industry parties. How often do you walk the red carpet? What type of event inspires you to attend?
 
MA: I do get invited to many social events in DC. In DC there is an event every night of the week that is both fun, and most commonly supports a worthy cause. I do make sure to keep myself in balance in how I spend my time, especially if it means that it takes time away from my family in the evening. I think it is important to provide a nice family dinner most nights, so I have become very selective about being out too often. I have a few good friends who produce some fun events throughout the year that support great causes, so I’ll usually attend those if I am in town.
 
CGC: Will we ever see you on another reality TV show? If so what would that look like?
 
MA: Some exciting opportunities are definitely in the works for me to be back on TV! I’m thrilled to say that I have had some interest in having me on a few different shows playing the role I know, and love best (as a mom)! As the oldest sibling of 7 and mother to my own 5 children, I have had much experience in raising children. I would love to have an opportunity to share my wisdom, the mistakes that I have made, and techniques that work and don’t work. Overall, I would like to help parents and kids overcome the struggles that raising a family can bring. I have a book, actually a few books in the works that I am hoping to release this year as well. A busy, exciting time for me, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to see how things develop in 2013 as I continue in my efforts to share of myself, and create some goodness for others!
 
I’d like to thank Mary Amons of The Real Housewives of DC for this interview. The fans adore you Mary, and can not wait to see what happens next for you. If you would like to learn more about Mary Amons you may reach out to her on Twitter @MaryAmons. She loves engaging with her fans and she takes time out of her busy schedule to reach back.
Thanks again TBBreality for letting Cinderellas Glass Closet guest interview on your site. Be sure to check out our new site http://cinderellasglasspr.com/ Thank you Tara and Team TBB for giving us a temporary home while we work on our new domain! There are big new interviews in the works from Glass Closet. Thanks for reading, and visit us at our new website soon!
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Before, During, and After

Overcoming dyslexia, raising a large blended family, and running a successful business are just a few of the traits that make former DC Housewife Lynda Erkiletian a role model. She took some time out from her very busy schedule to talk to me about being on the road, her road to success, and of course, her short, but memorable ride, on RHODC.


TBB: Hi Lynda. I read that you were a back-up singer when you were 18. What events led to this experience?

  

LE: After graduating high school, I enrolled at Elmira College. Within the first 6 weeks, it became more apparent that I was suffering from dyslexia. I had always suspected it as I was constantly struggling with academics. I had my doubts about college, but I felt I was supposed to go; so there I was, feeling like a fish out of water. It was very painful, I knew I had no other choice but to leave school and follow the voice within that was guiding me towards the arts, a place where I felt I could succeed.

After this realization, I decided to pack up and move to DC where I began to explore a career in hair and makeup. It was around this time that I was approached and asked if I could sing. I was told Candi Staton needed backup singers immediately for an upcoming tour. I auditioned, started rehearsing, and a month later I was on the road. It was a whirlwind—from growing up in South Georgia, moving from upstate NY to DC and then suddenly finding myself singing backup for a superstar— it was beyond my wildest dreams.

Eventually, I realized the industry was not right for me for multiple reasons. It was too much time on the road and hard on my relationships. I returned home to DC and fully committed to getting my license in cosmetology.

 

TBB: You were in the business of making people beautiful before you began representing the beautiful. What events lead you to create T·H·E Artist Agency?

 

LE: I knew from the beginning that I wanted to work as a hair and makeup artist on-location rather than working in a salon. I loved the fashion and beauty industry because every day was different. I developed a wonderful clientele and when I took time off after my first child was born, many of my clients asked me to recommend other hair and makeup artists during my leave of absence. After the birth of my second child 18 months later, it became apparent that there was need for an agency in DC such as T·H·E that could represent behind the scenes hair, makeup, wardrobe and specialty stylists. Having no business background and little capital, I started very small. I subleased a 300 square foot office with one phone and call-waiting. I realized that in order to get people to sign exclusively with T·H·E Artist Agency we had to offer something that wasn’t available at the time— a manager to direct and market their career plus a guarantee of payment within 30 days of a job. In addition, I provided my client base, which included Sugar Ray Leonard, Nancy Reagan, and a number of other celebrities. I felt if I could channel that into a business I’d have more flexibility with my family. I discovered an across-the-board way to highlight DC as a city that was deserving of an agency. A year later T·H·E Artist Agency began representing models.

 

TBB: While running T·H·E Artist Agency, you also raised a large blended family. Do you all remain close since you divorced?

 

LE: I have four biological children and three stepchildren.  When I met my second husband I had two (children) he had three, and then we had two together. We always joked about yours, mine, and ours. Even now we remain a close family unit and we still spend the holidays together.  It was a very amicable divorce.

 

TBB: How did your children feel about you being on a reality show?

LE: My children actually requested a meeting with the producers because they were a little skeptical. We invited them to come to our apartment. The owners of Half Yard Productionsassured all involved that they were going to be respectful of what we wanted to show and what we didn’t. After the meeting my children said, “Mom I think you can trust them and you should do it.”

 

TBB:  What was your take on the Salahi White House dinner debacle?

 

LE: I had experienced firsthand their behavior prior to that, however I was a little surprised that they believed they could get in the White House and not be noticed. When I think about them as whole, they were infamous for showing up at events uninvited and even getting through the checkpoints.  I was embarrassed for our city and I felt for the President and his team as the incident occurred during his first StateDinner. 

 


TBB: How did you feel when RHODC wasn’t renewed for a second season?

LE: I was disappointed because I felt like we had finally got the hang of what it was like to experience film crews and people following us around. We were all creating sound-bytes and preparing for a second season. Not getting a second season left us feeling like we let the viewers down. There were so many stories left unfinished like Stacyfinding her biological father, as well as Catand what went down with her marriage. Our show didn’t air in real time, so when people watched it we were no longer in the same places anymore. I felt like we left viewers hanging.

 

 

TBB: Some fans have called for a RHODC renewal. Would you be in if asked to be?


LE: I loved the experience of having done RHODC and yes I would do it again. What you see is what you get. If they had been following me around this year the viewers would have seen that my life went through a complete change. I moved back to the suburbs, my mom moved in with me for a year after being diagnosed with cancer, I was juggling going back and forth from DC to LA for work, and my children were coming and going from school, all while helping plan my sons upcoming wedding at our home in upstate NY. My life was a cross between the Golden Girls and Modern Family and it certainly would have made for an interesting storyline. I think the same for Cat who is now pregnant and releasing a second book. With the right cast it would have been an incredible experience.

 

TBB: Is there anybody you think wouldn’t be down (or asked back) for another season?

 

LE: I don’t know about anyone else’s state of mind so I really couldn’t answer that.

 

TBB: In what ways has the exposure on Bravo changed your life?

 

LE: Let me count the ways… I am much more aware of what is taking place on TV today. Being in an industry where I represent models and stylists I’ve always tried to remain current with regard to the world of fashion and advertising.

I am thankful that I have been exposed to reality television as it continues to play a major role in my industry with shows like Project Runway, America’s Next Top Model,and Fashion Star to name a few. Reality TV also introduced me to the world of social media. After I found two impostors pretending to be me on Twitter and Facebook I decided to sign up and use my own voice. I am happy to say that I am now a certified “Twitter-a-Holic”—before then I never saw the value in social media. It has definitely changed how I do business.

 

TBB: Everyone wants to know if you are still dating Ebong Eka.

LE: No, we are no longer dating (sadly the hottie has been set free.) However unattractive this may sound, I must confess that during our relationship I did have feelings of insecurity about our age difference.

Ebong would reassure me this was his choice, but deep down in my heart I believed someday he would want to be with someone who was younger, someone who could provide him with children. Our seventeen-year age gap put us in different places in terms of our life experiences. Because of this I felt it best for us to part ways. Ebongand I continue to be friends. He is a CPA doing financial bits for Fox News and other sources.

Since then I have remained single, choosing to work on myself whether it be with my healer, my personal trainer, or my thoughts. Learning to love myself will lead me to finding my life partner.

 

TBB: Thank you for talking with me today. Is there anything else you would like people to know about you?

LE: I feel the best I have in years. My professional life is thriving (both T·H·E Artist Agency and The James and Paula Coburn Foundation). My mom is in remission and living on her own again, my children and I are healthy and happy— our health is our wealth, so it’s as good as it gets. 

Thank you Tara for continuing to make RHODC relevant.  For those who wish to ride the goat rodeo rollercoaster that is my life, please follow me, my business and life endeavors below.

 

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