Logline: While Nigel (Gay Hair Dresser) and Gaby (Plumber), both blue-collar workers, can hardly meet their daily needs, Michael (Entrepreneur) and Carl (Real Estate Mogul), both White-collar people, live the luxurious life. The contrast in lifestyles of Blue-Collar and White-Collar Families.
Format: Docu-Style Reality Series, 13-22 episodes 60-minute installments.
Initial Characters: Character one: Nigel, 24 (gay hairdresser struggling with everyday life, working and studying to become women’s clothing designer)
Character two: Michael, 45 (Successful Entrepreneur, owns and operates multiple department stores, and whose wife Angelique, 29, frequents the beauty shop Nigel is employed at, Nigel is her hairdresser)
Gaby, 38 (plumber, works for a modest company, his territory covers Nigel’s workplace and several blocks around it, married to Sarah, 37, two kids, 11 and 9, a boy and girl, and a dog called Lucky)
Carl (multi-millionaire, Gaby’s Landlord who owns numerous apartment buildings, 60, married to Cindy, 58, two kids in college, Jessica, spoiled, 21, and Joe with many issues, 22)
Episode one: It is morning in everyone’s household. Here, the contrast in the lifestyles of each Character begins to be displayed.
Nigel’s Household: Nigel: Nigel shares a 2 bedroom apartment with Lisa (his lesbian friend from night school). The apartment is clean as a whistle, organized and beautifully decorated with simple items but very tastefully done. Nigel and Lisa have a very nice and open relationship. They understand each other, they help one another as much as they can, and they have a very well synchronized schedule. Concentrating on Nigel, he makes up his bed neatly, prepares a light breakfast, shares it with Lisa, they(Nigel and Lisa) discuss their daily chores each is responsible for and leaves for his job.
Michael’s Household: Michael is awake since 5 a.m. watching the financial channels while he is walking on his treadmill or exercising on his exercise bike. Maid, Jackie, (in a short mini-skirt, very revealing uniform) meanwhile has prepared his morning coffee and a small breakfast that he barely finishes. While eating breakfast he reads the sports headlines. 7 a.m. his (Michael’s) driver is waiting for him with the door open and the car running.
Angelique, on the other hand, is asleep till 10 a.m. and is awakened when her personal trainer arrives.
Gaby’s Household: Alarm clock is set at 6 a.m. everyone wakes up and gets ready for the day. Each family member has a chore they have to do. One prepares breakfast, the other prepares lunch bags, and they go over the daily chores, which can or must do what and why. As for the one bathroom in the apartment, they have take turns to use.
Then off they go; Gaby to his plumbing job, the kids to school, and Sarah to the bank, where she is working as a teller.
Carl’s Household: Carl is awake at 6.a.m. starts walking outdoors around the block for his daily exercise. While Cindy wakes up and prepares breakfast to be ready by the time Carl is back from his daily walk. They both then get ready for their daily business.
Part two: Nigel, at the Beauty Salon working on Angelique’s hair. Angelique is sharing her daily adventures, which, in reality amount to almost nothing. Adventures as to how difficult it was to choose what to wear, who came or who didn’t show up to the party the previous night. The most current news (Gossip) circulating in her community. The same is happening all around in that high society Beauty Salon where Nigel works.
Meanwhile, Michael is visiting his department store on the other side of the town with his personal secretary and driver, discussing where to invest this month’s proceeds with his financial advisor on the phone. While doing that he gets a phone call from the maid at home that they have a plumbing problem. Michael’s secretary takes care of it by calling Gaby’s Employer, who in turn assigns Gaby for the job. Gaby takes the job and notifies his wife Sarah that he will be done in a short while and that he can pick up their kids from school on his way home; so Sarah does not have to drive back and forth, and they can save few dollars by doing that.
Sarah also asks Gaby if he can stop by and have a bank-check drafted for the month’s rent, since Carl (the landlord) and Cindy, his (the landlord’s) wife will be over collecting the rents the next day. Gaby says he can.
Purpose/Inspired by: Exploring, exposing, and explaining the lifestyles of both Blue-Collar and White-Collar families, the challenges they face, the benefits they enjoy, the responsibilities they bear, and most importantly, their interdependence for survival.
The purpose of this show is to clarify as many misconceptions each group has about the other as possible.
Common misconceptions like: if one is driving a nice car, lives in a big house, or takes expensive vacations, he/she must be dealing drugs.
Or, if one is driving a beat-up car, is not dressed in silk, or does not have a Rolex on his/her hand, that he/she is a bum, stupid, or ignorant person.
Many of these misconceptions are just that; misconceptions and they are not necessarily true.
This divide has caused, many in our society, on both sides, to have a misconstrued view of the other; Which In many cases has opened the door for envy, jealousy, hatred, disgust, resentment, crimes committed and more.
Once we show, by making this show the conduit, the real persons behind the collars, their daily lives, responsibilities, efforts, hurdles they go through every day; we make all understand that not all white-collar people are drug dealers, nor, are all poor or middle class people (blue-collar people) are dumb, bums or stupid.
We may even inspire people to reach out and expand their horizons, understand one another better, respect what everyone does, and come to the realization that all have a very important role to play in this complicated playground where neither a white-collar nor a blue collar was brought to play willingly or by their own choosing.
The show arranges for 2 – 4 families consisting of (Blue-Collar and white-collar).
Time is spent with the families recording highlights of their life. Each Episode introduces a new character or two and transitions and incorporates that character’s lifestyle into the show. For example, introducing the driver and taking the cameras to his home and work and so on.
The show must be objective in the presentation of the families and their
The show should in no circumstance degrade, defame, or insult any participant’s
Lifestyle or status.
The show is intended to present a real life portrait of each individual.
Without the shoemaker, neither the rich nor the poor will have a shoe to wear.
Without the plumber, neither the rich nor the poor can flush their toilettes.
Without a watch maker neither the rich nor the poor will be able to tell the time.
Without a manufacturer neither the rich nor the poor will be able to drive a car, wear clothes, paint their homes, etc.
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