In Part 3 of our 3 part series, ” How To Prepare For A TV Appearance”,
I will be sharing my experiences on a TV show for the first time.
A television appearance is much like your wedding day.
You plot, prep and plan. You study and do research.
You don’t know what to expect, but have given it your all to prepare.
Before you know it, all of the work comes to fruition.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Before you know it, it seems like a blur and is over.
You are not even sure what transpired clearly.
Thankfully, there is a video replay so you can catch up.
You finally relax now that it is finished.
And are tired. Really tired.
I did not sleep a wink the night before the show.
I knew I wouldn’t. I was too nervous. Too excited.
I practiced my questions and answers in my head.
Jennifer and I left Sunday morning to travel. She from Destin, Florida to Mobile, Alabama to meet me, and then on to Birmingham, Alabama. We wanted to arrive in plenty of time, for several reasons. We wanted to find the location of the studio in day light, so we would know how far away it was from the hotel. Also, GPS is amazing, but let’s face it, sometimes it is wrong. We did not want to arrive late and miss our segment. The studio wants you to arrive promptly at 8:30 the next day, or you do not go on. Plus we would have been frazzled had we gotten lost right before the show. We tried to make it in time to do a little Galleria shopping but God had other plans for our wallets. We were stuck in 3 traffic jams on the way up due to the Independence Day traffic heading home from the Gulf Coast beaches.
We had great conversation catching back up on the news from our busy day-to-day lives. We settled on a quick trip to Pottery Barn Kids and to browse Kate Spade at The Summit shopping center. Our real destination was the Cheesecake Factory. I knew it was one of Jennifer’s favorites. I found out there was one there, SCORE! It was really good. We share several appetizers and took home a big slice of Red Velvet Cheesecake for later.
We checked into our hotel and decided to rehearse our lines. Jennifer and I always get slap happy about 9:00 p.m. We giggle and get silly and think everything is funny. We have so much fun together! But this was time to be serious. For some reason we just could not look at each other and not laugh. So I recommended we pretend to be the newscasters by holding their pictures I had printed out over our faces. No eye contact – no giggling – for the most part.
We finally grew tired and went to bed. Nether of us could sleep, but we thought the other was asleep all night.
The alarm went off promptly at 5:30 a.m. We showered, primped and dressed. While doing so we had it on ABC 33/40 watching the Good Morning America Show. During the commercial break we were delighted to see that Talk of Alabama chose to announce the upcoming show by mentioning us and showing our photos on the promo. That was amazing!
Remember last weeks post – mistakes. Well, I wasn’t as off base as I had thought. I ended up wearing the dress I bought for the show. Once I found the Sassy Jones Boutique “McKenzie” necklace everything came together. It had the cobalt blue from my dress, the hot pink from my Lilly Pulitzer Kat Kitten Heel shoes and a pop of turquoise. That gave me the perfect excuse to carry my Kate Spade Holly Street Ashton Giverny Blue bag. I felt confident and as ready as I would ever be.
We proceeded to travel to the ABC studio. We arrived almost 40 minutes early. Not wanting to be the first ones to arrive. we waited nervously in the car not knowing what to do with ourselves. We both love the TV show “The Office. Dwight Schrute is one of my favorite characters. He has this ritual before a big sales meeting of playing air guitar to Motley Crue’s “Kickstart My Heart. So I surprised Jennifer by playing it on my I-Phone. We laughed and the nervousness seemed to fade. We listened to a few more songs until a decent time to go in.
We arrived at the studio door, and the receptionist buzzed us in. We met the show coordinator Dan and he told us we would be on about 9:15. He told us to make ourselves at home in the lobby. It was a bustling day for guests. Several people were sitting nervously around in the lobby. There was an all star youth baseball team. We were in the same room with baseball great Willie Mays and did not even realize it until we watched the replay later.
We watched Good Morning America on the monitors until the show started. I was thrilled to be chosen as the lead story. They showed our product photos and chatted about some of the celebrities that were being shown. I snapped a few photos of the monitor.
That’s when butterflies started in. I had a fight or flight reaction. And I had considered flight for a second. I gave myself a mental pep talk. “Okay, you know this stuff. You live and breathe it daily. All you are doing is having a conversation with another person. You got this.”
Dan came up at about 9:10 and said it was time. We followed him through a hallway to a small room that contained a couch, a cooking area and the place we were to stand with the table. The intern hooked up the microphone and we had a sound check. During the commercial we chatted with Ebony and Sheri. They are both so gorgeous and sweet in person! We chatted about our shoes and a little about the shop. This helped put us at ease. Then it was time.
Sheri Falk introduced us. I had prayed that I would not say” uh”, “and” or “uhm” too much. I looked at her face while chatting never looking at the camera and had a very pleasant conversation. The words came pretty easily and I was pleasantly surprised. They showed photos and scrolled on screen through our shop. I even glanced at the camera for a second and did not freeze. Before I knew it, we were finished. When we were leaving, Dan told us we did a great job. He invited us to get in touch with the producer if we would like to come back in the future. Once out of sight, Jennifer and I left the studio and high-fived each other.
After contemplating and talking with Jennifer, we both felt like it went by so fast. You plan and plan and it is over before you know it. If it were not for the video I would not really even know what happened.
I really am glad we conquered our fears and did this.
I would love to do it again.
As a matter of fact, I have 2 more dresses I need to wear…
P.S. You can watch the video of the our appearance on ABC 33/40’s Talk of Alabama HERE