Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Girl in the Video: “Midnight Blue” (1987)

Introduction to series “The Girl in the Video” (including list of interviewees).

The video: “Midnight Blue” by Lou Gramm.

The girl-now-woman: Traci Lind.

How old were you when you appeared in the “Midnight Blue” video? 

Not sure. I was born in April ‘68 and do not remember what year it was shot. I am fairly certain it came out within a month or two of shooting it, so if you know the year you can do the math. ;)

Where were you living at the time? 

Los Angeles.

What music videos, shows, or movies had you appeared in prior to that? 

Not sure. You could check IMDB if you know the year.

How were you cast? 

I honestly do not remember… The actor who was in it with me was a dear friend of mine, Joe Holland, AKA Tim Carson. We had the same agent at the time, but I think it was random that they cast us…or maybe Joe asked me to do it with him so I agreed to meet the director or whoever decided.

Joe died a few years later of complications due to AIDS…tragically just before the protease cocktails were made available. So when I saw the video on YouTube a couple of years ago (I had completely forgotten about it, which you will see as I do not have answers for most of the questions below), I was really glad that I did it, just to have footage of him young and beautiful and of the two of us together.

Do you remember what your reaction was when you were cast? 


Where was the video filmed? 

Ummm…in L.A. on a few locations.

How long was the shoot? 

Two nights? I think…

How did you feel making the video? 

Nothing unusual. I was working actress and had been for some time, so being on location and night shoots were no big deal.

What was the hardest part of the shoot? 

Don’t recall anything being difficult.

How was it to work with Lou Gramm? Or did you not meet him? 

I remember him being in the makeup trailer at one point when the shoots overlapped. I think they shot footage of him in one of the outside locations Joe and I shot at later in the night.  Someone introduced us and he seemed perfectly pleasant, but I did not really know him or his music from the band he was in.

What did you think of the video? 

It was artfully shot for that period. I’ve seen it only a few times, and don’t think I ever saw it when it was airing. I didn’t watch much TV or MTV.

What did your parents think of it? 

I don’t think my mother ever saw it. If she did we never discussed it. As I said, I was working a lot at the time and this was just something I did with Joe.

What did your friends think of it? 


Did the video ever affect your dating life in any way (i.e. when you first told boyfriends you were the woman in it)?


Did you receive fan mail? If so, do you still have any of it? 

I don’t know if there was fan mail. I do not answer fan mail, and my agents knew that, so if there was [any], they kept [it], most likely.

Did the video generate any controversy that you know of? 


What were you paid? 

Don’t remember…

Did you watch the MTV World Premiere of the video, and if so, where and how did that feel? 


Were you ever recognized in public? How often and when last? Any stories about that? 


Did you appear in other music videos after that? 


If you ever met other women who were female leads in a mainstream ‘80s rock video, who? 

Won’t say.

If you went to college, where and what did you study? 


What are you doing these days? 


 Traci in 1997

Where do you live? 


If you are/were married, what was your future husband’s reaction when he learned you were in this video? 




What did you think when you first heard from me? 

That I never respond to these types of inquiries, but my husband thought you asked in a nice way and that it was a low-key thing. So decided I would answer as best as I could since it I don’t remember much about it and had almost forgotten that I even did it (someone searched my name on YouTube and told me they saw it, jogging my memory…so I looked for it to see Joe). Honestly the only reason I did this was for Joe. He was a wonderful person and I loved him dearly and that video may be some of the only film footage of him…

Has anyone else ever interviewed you about this? If so, who, when, and for what publication?


Have you appeared at any fan conventions to sign autographs? If not, would you? 

Nope. And no.

Did you stay in touch with anyone from the shoot? 

The only person I kept up with was Joe and he died in late 1994 or early 1995.

Anything you’d like to add?

Good luck with your project! Sorry I could not be of more help, and while I would be perfectly happy if you don’t use any of this, I did not glibly answer. It just didn’t mean that much to me to appear in a video. I barely watched the movies I was in. I am an intensely private person, so the whole acting thing was just the wrong path for me, and as soon as I figured out how to segue out of it, I did.

Tweet about this interview to @LouGramm!

Copy and tweet to help me find more 1980s music video girls:

Real research question: if you know the Annie Hubbard who was in 1984 Night Ranger video “Sister Christian,” pls contact @MarcTNobleman

Real research question: if you know the womaneven just her name—in 1986 Cinderella video “Shake Me,” pls contact @MarcTNobleman

Real research question: if you know woman—even just her name—in ‘87 Richard Marx video “Should’ve Known Better,” pls contact @MarcTNobleman

Next: Michael Jackson, “Smooth Criminal” (1988).


Ray said...

She was a actress with quite a few credits and then just dropped off the face of the earth. Real beauty.

herald7 said...

I recognize the actor in the video, he was in Back to the Beach, that Frankie and Annette movie from the '80s. Nice to hear more about him! That's a shame that he passed away.

Eric Butler said...

I first met Tim (later Joe) Holland in 1983, at the old Jim Morris Gym on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood. We immediately became and remained friends. I was working as personal assistant to George Burns, so the entertainment connection was a common bond. Quiet, genuine, Joe was a close friend until his death. I still recall road trips up the coast with him, his dropping in the George Burns office on the Hollywood Center Studios lot and late night movies at my place. I'll always miss him. Good guy.

David said...

She sounds like a real bitch in this interview. Shame.

misterpibb42 said...

Aside from the "Midnight Blue" video, I best remember this lady as nurse Irene Graves in "The Road to Wellville."

Tiffany Schoen said...

Sad, I didn't realize Joe Holland died from AIDS as all the bios on the the Internet state that he died from a pulmonary embolism. He was always my favorite character on "Back To The Beach". I bet he had a very interesting life having such famous parents! Sadly, there's not much written about him. I would love to read more about his life and what he was like as a person!

The Passenger said...

Traci Lind was one of those amazing beauties who appeared in a lot of films in the late '80s- 90s. I first saw her in the TV movie for "Casanova". My reaction was "who is that girl, I gotta know!?" - which was probably a frequent reaction to her screen cappearances. It's sad to hear the story behind Joe Holland. There were unfortunately a lot of similar actors & models from the 90s who suffered a similar fate. Jeremy Davies made a documentary on his friend and fellow actor, Rodney Harvey who was a contemporary of Tim Carson.

Lee Winters said...

Traci appeared in fright night 2 and class of 1999. She should have been a major star.

Joe Brenner said...

This women was one of the most beautiful young actresses in hollywood throughout the 80s and 90s. It sounds like there's allot of possibly bad stuff/experiences that she went through, though, and she certainly does not want to talk about any of it publicly. Hence her standoffish cold attitude during this interview. She pretty much directly admits this and explains why she's being that way at the end of it. I don't blame her and she was likely very smart to get out of the vile cesspool that is hollywood when she did. Thank God they didn't get their crooked claws into her and ruin her her in every way, the way they do to everyone else.

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