Mahnaz Afshar during the premiere of the movie “My Name is Josy” in Frankfurt
By nature, red carpet events are always, to some degree, unpredictable. There are a lot of working parts that need to be coordinated—any of which can break down at any time. Just by knowing this going in, and by properly preparing beforehand, you can avoid many problems. One thing you should always do is to research the event, its purpose, organizations involved, hosts, etc. This is so that you’ll know what you’re talking about with reporters. Although any question can be asked, the three most common are: “What brings you out tonight?” “What are you working on now?” (or “What’s coming up for you next?”) and “Where can we find you?” (social media, website, etc.). So it’s a good idea to have answers in mind for at least these three. If your publicist has pre-arranged interviews for you, they can often give you an idea of any additional questions a particular reporter may ask. Other important things to know are the dress code, the carpet times (when it opens and closes), where you’re going, and the parking situation.