“So, do you live in the mansion with them?”
This is the question I get more than any other once someone finds out I film at the Beekman Mansion.
We’re a small crew that films the show – only about 6 of us. And while, no, we do not live at the Beekman, it certainly has come to feel like a second home. Brent and Josh have been incredibly welcoming ever since the first day of filming. So much so, they’ve even allowed us a little bit of space to call our own.
A year ago, if you walked into the east side of the house, you were greeted by a large piano, an antique sideboard, and shelves lined with vintage farming books. Today, it’s a bit of a different story.
What was once known in the Beekman as the Music Room, has steadily been turned into the Tech Room. Sure it was innocent at first: a small folding table against the wall so we had a place to set the cameras during lunch, a little corner to store the light stands in between interviews. And now…well, now it’s so far removed from resembling anything that belongs in the Beekman that you’ll notice the room doesn’t really exist on camera.
Sure you might catch a glimpse of the piano every now and then, but otherwise the room is packed on all sides with camera equipment, work stations, and the craft service table (snacks are an integral part of filming a tv show). We even put down our own carpets so we’d be allowed to wear shoes in the house – Brent really is a stickler about that.
It may appear to be a disaster zone, but I promise, we always clean up before we leave. Plus I think this kind of chaos is good for Brent to have in his life. It helps him grow.
-Angela Rae Berg is the Executive Producer of The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Brent makes her wrap soap during down time.