The first season of the show, in which host Tommy Smythe helps couples find their dream wedding venue, is reairing this month on the specialty channel.
Nahmias, a graduate of Western University and Syracuse University, got her start in entertainment news with an internship at Extra in L.A., but she changed her focus after the rise of TMZ, deciding “I don’t feel comfortable stalking celebrities.”
Her first reality job, as an associate producer on the TLC docuseries Addicted, in which a former drug and alcohol addict tried to help others, gave Nahmias a taste for telling “real stories.”
“I love that element of telling stories with multi-dimensional, flawed, emotional real humans,” she says, whether they’re men and women trying to find mates, or engaged couples trying to find a place to get married.
“I like the challenge of: how do I make an audience understand who this person is and what their story is in 23 minutes or 41 minutes or 80 minutes?”
Where to I Do? has added to her storytelling arsenal by allowing her to take on multiple roles, including directing, an opportunity she believes would have been harder to come by in the U.S.
Although she’s loving being back in Toronto, Nahmias would eventually like to work both here and in L.A.
Working in reality TV means long, weird hours, dealing with things such as bad weather and bad lighting and annoying background noise, and trying to get the best footage possible while staying out of the way of the cast, she said.
“Really, I’ve been in a ball on the floor most of my life trying to avoid being in a camera shot. I’ve gotten to see amazing places, but from the floor,” Nahmias said.
“I’m gross all the time; I always have stuff on my butt from the ground and I wear frumpy clothes.”