THE ECONOMY IS BAD. THE WEATHER IS DRAB. WE CAN STILL DREAM, CANT' WE?

— Edited by Ryan Underwood

SNAPPY DRESSER
MELINA ROOT
Costume Designer, That ’70s Show
Studio City, California

I started doing this work professionally when I was 24, first at Saturday Night Live — the most grueling job I’ve ever had — then on 3rd Rock From the Sun, and now on That ’70s Show.
A lot of costume designers work hard to be invisible. When you’re watching a show and you don’t notice the clothes, that means that somebody slaved over you not noticing the clothes. I’m lucky that I work for a show where the clothes really matter — and where at least part of the audience remembers how the period looked. But that also makes it a little harder. If you’re doing a movie that’s set in the 18th century, nobody’s going to phone in and say, “You got a button wrong.”

I can only do my job with an actor’s consent, so it can become a problem if an actor is mainly concerned with looking good — especially for a show set in the ’70s, when a lot of people didn’t look very good. That’s why my other dream job is to be a landscape architect. I love gardening. Plants never talk back. Shrubs never have a bad day.