On Sunday nights, Bravo has a great line-up including "Blood, Sweat, and Heels" and "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." On March 22, Examiner was able to talk to Brie Bythewood via e-mail about "Blood, Sweat, and Heels." She talked about how she got on the show, the reunion, and more.
Check out what Brie had to say here:
How did you end up on "Blood, Sweat, and Heels"?
It all began about two years ago when I received the most unexpected phone call at my office. I'm in real estate development and I was an hour away from missing an extremely important deadline on a project proposal I'd been writing. As I began to panic, my phone rang. When I answered, I was greeted by a very cheerful gentleman asking me if I wanted to be on a new reality show. My life in real estate development is intensely busy and quite often overwhelming, so receiving a call like this was the last distraction I needed that day. I thought it was a prank call so I wasted no time ending it and returning to my quickly approaching deadline, only to be further distracted by a follow-up email moments later.
It was then that I realized the show and their interest in me was very real. Having no prior knowledge of reality television, how it works or what it entails, I was extremely hesitant to get involved. My experience in front of cameras prior to filming the show, came from the work I did during my college years studying broadcast journalism and reporting hard news and entertainment news. The idea of reality TV had never crossed my mind, but this show was presented to me on a number of occasions in such an undeniably positive light that I just had to say yes, especially after meeting some of the other ladies also being cast.
Do you feel like the editing might have made you look worse on the show?
I appreciate the way I'm portrayed on the show, displaying class and sophistication. It's very true to who I am and how I behave. But I do wish my compassionate, empathetic and caring sides were given as much airtime. Some of my most relatable characteristics were eliminated. And my professional life seems nonexistent. What people don't realize is how hard I work. I actually have two real estate careers and balancing them both is extremely challenging. There are days when I'm at a real estate development project for my family's company, checking in with the contractors to assess and assure that they are on target to meet the deadlines we have in place for construction completion. Once I leave there and am on my way back to my office, I use the time in the taxi to switch gears and focus on my other career which is that of a real estate agent scheduling appointments with clients to show them apartments for rent or sale. Finally, when I do get back to the development office, there are usually investor meetings or architectural meetings that I'm required to join, which can take hours. My days begin at 8:30 a.m. and don't end until my work is complete, which on average is anywhere from 10-14 hours later. It's nonstop and there's never a boring moment, it just may not be exciting enough for TV. So no, I don't think I'm portrayed negatively, just not completely.
Can you share if any of the girls on the show are your friends outside of the show?
On air and off, my two closest friends from the show are Demetria and Geneva. I have a great deal of respect and love for both ladies. I am friendly with the others as well, but Demetria and Geneva are my girls.
Can you tell fans what to expect from the 90 minute reunion show? Any spoilers you can share?
I don't have any spoilers, but I'll give you one tease -- Lines may not have been drawn so firmly in the sand! The reunion is filled with as many ups and downs as the season but true to who we all are, everyone survives.
Would you be interested in doing season two of the show if it is renewed?
If there's a second season, I'd be interested in giving it a shot. It's tough to end something on a somewhat sour note and not have an opportunity to try again to see if things could improve. I'm of the mindset, "nothing beats a try but a failure" so I'd be willing to try again with some of the strained friendships.
Do you want to do more with television in the future?
That's my hope, my dream and my goal. My education is in broadcast journalism so I'd love the opportunity to bring my prior experience, knowledge and early expertise to living rooms across the country. I want to combine my love for real estate with my passion for travel and culture. I can absolutely see myself traveling the globe exploring amazing homes, dwellings and architectural beauty while appreciating the various cultures and all of the great food along the way. I'd like to believe it's only a matter of time. So yes, television is most certainly in my future! And then, people will finally get to meet the complete version of me.
Don't miss the big 90 minute reunion for "Blood, Sweat, and Heels" on Sunday night on Bravo. You can also follow Brie on Twitter to keep up with her after the show ends.