By Laura Medina
“Plenty of Fishes” episode from VidBlogger Nation: New Jersey, Season Three.
The lesson learned in the episode of “Plenty of Fishes,” in Season Three of VidBlogger Nation: New Jersey? Champagne burns.
Photo, on right, by Andrea Hanks.
This is one of numerous projects; Rocco Leo Gaglioti is juggling, in addition to hosting and producing “Fashion News Live” and “Miss Deaf International” Beauty Pageant.
In developing storylines for each and every episodes of Comcast’s VidBlogger Nation: New Jersey, Executive Producer and Creative Director, Marc Scarpa and host/tour guide, Mr. Gaglioti, will get together and brainstorm twenty-four ideas then narrow them down into a manageable set of twelve storylines. One storyline sets the theme for one episode. A set of twelve plots represents a season for Comcast’s VidBlogger Nation: New Jersey.
When Mr. Scarpa came on board to produce Comcast’s local, insider travel show, VidBlogger Nation, utilizing social media, he was hunting for hosts/local goodwill ambassadors that will take the viewer deeper into more intimate, cultural settings in a particular locale. Each VidBlogger host showcases the uniqueness of each locale, whether it is a state, a region, or a city, spread out across the nation.
In searching for the appropriate host for VidBlogger Nation: New Jersey, Scarpa approached Gaglioti about being the host/guide for the Garden State. Despite being born in Winter Park, Florida, Gaglioti spent this childhood summers and vacations in New Jersey with his extended family. Both want this show to be the antidote to “The Jersey Shore.” Redeeming the state in a good light, they want to showcase the full spectrum of the state, from the mountains to the local farmer.
They also use cultural events and unique settings to put the glamorous Gaglioti in a different light, away from the flash and dash of “Fashion News Live.” This is Rocco being Rocco, set in various quirky situations that happens all the time in the normal life of the Garden State, from doing yard work for “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”s Kim G. to hunting for pumpkins on a farm.
In the “Plenty of Fishes” episode, utilizing Comcast’s OnDemand Dating, Gaglioti goes on a series of blind dates. In the face of having champagne burning his eyeballs, he eventually continues onto a second date with another woman in the following episode.
In another episode, his most nerve-wrecking one, he did stand-up in a local comedy club and endured being heckled, a comedian’s necessary evil.
This is where Gaglioti proves he is a good guy.
He knows, from his career trajectory as a model to TV host and producer, being out there then interviewing celebrities or putting himself in all sorts of situations…on television. It is not easy as it looks.
Photo by Andrea Hanks.
Gaglioti always goes out of his way to make everyone comfortable, in front of the camera and behind it. He is consistently conscious about being in somebody else’s shoes.
He constantly repeats, doing a television show is a team effort, crediting his crew for making him look good and making the shows look easy. None of his shows are a one man show. He needs his team. He really gives credits to his camera operator/video editor/associate producer, Juliana Shadlen. He wouldn’t be where he is without her.
“She works with me on everything I work on. Doing these shows is a group effort.”
“It is my team that built me into a brand. If it weren’t for my first show, “Fashion News Live,” Comcast and Marc Scarpa wouldn’t be asking me to host VidBlogger Nation.”
As a favor, Gaglioti returned to the runway for Polish designer, Eva Minge during this past recent New York Fashion Week. Even though, he retired the runway almost a decade ago, after strutting the catwalk for Giorgio Armani, Vivienne Westwood, and Jean Paul Gaultier. Despite, being asked the day before…without time to train, he went ahead anyway, opened then closed the show. “I’m a giver.”
As another form of giving back, Gaglioti co-produces and hosts the Miss Deaf International Beauty Pageant. In two years running, they already live streamed to an audience of 40,000 viewers worldwide.
As a son of a deaf woman, he knows first-hand the demoralization and the degradation of being handicapped and being a woman.
With his mother as the president of the organization and his brother co-executive producing, they are using the show as a platform to empower deaf women, not just recognizing their physical beauty but for their inner beauty, boosting their self-esteem through classes developing their talents, skills, and education. Subsequently, they return home as role models.
None of this, whether it be “VidBlogger Nation: New Jersey” or “Miss Deaf International,” would had happened, if it were not for his first baby, “Fashion News Live.” If it were not for his first online television show, Marc Scarpa would not have approached him to host “VidBlogger Nation:New Jersey.”
Being tagged, “Staple of New York Fashion Week” by Getty Images; Gaglioti lists the distinctiveness of each fashion weeks he covers…
Fast paced New York Fashion Week may be the Holy Grail of fashion weeks with A-List celebrities from fashion and Hollywood but Miami Fashion Week is more laid-back. Fashion shows starting in the afternoon and the atmosphere is hot and sexy.
Paris Fashion Week is risque and very European.
Milan Fashion Week, surprisingly, is where a lot of New York designers have their textiles and clothes made. The style there is flashier.
Los Angeles Fashion Week is for the upstart, risk-taking designers. A smaller market but new things are bubbling up.
Rocco in Peru.
Peru Fashion Week is the most startling. How the designers incorporate their culture and heritage into their textiles and tailoring, it brought his associate producer, Ms. Shadlen, to tears.
Speaking of New York, Gaglioti covered the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, airing on CBS on November 29th at 10pm. Ruffling through all that pink and joking, “Lingerie-the most expensive piece of clothing for the least amount of time wearing.,” he always interview CEO, Sharen J. Turney. “They always put on a good show.”
Having run the gamut from modeling to hosting television shows, they all have one thing in common; Gaglioti constantly putting himself out there. What advice would he give to someone aspiring to be a media personality or celebrity?
“Good one. My advice…because when you put yourself out there…make sure you are really ready. I’ve been called ‘f*ggot.’ I’ve been called every name in the book.” He is one of the very few heterosexual males in a very feminine industry. “Your taste in style has nothing to do with your sexual preference.”
“It is easier to be mean. Apollonia Kotero (of Prince’s “Purple Rain” fame) told me this very early in my career, ‘Gaglioti, you can’t read every comment. You can’t respond to every comment because people are just plain jealous. Just focus on your work and move on.’ People love to rag because you put yourself out there. Don’t get caught up in it.’ Focus on the good and the fun stuff-who wants to be miserable?”
He reminds people that it takes a team, a crew of people to make him, actually everything to look good. He cannot do this all by himself.
What keeps him going, regardless of envious people or having accolades, such as Gen Lux Magazine tagging him, “The Next Ryan Seacrest,” are his team and fans worldwide…and the chance to do some good in the world, discovering fashion talent, showing a state in a good light, or enabling deaf women.
As Gaglioti mentions, why be miserable when you can focus on the good stuff?!”