My 15 Minutes of Fame

Well, it’s really only about 3 minutes… but for those who missed it, I was on t.v. yesterday! πŸ™‚ I don’t have a link to the broadcast yet, but I’ll post it as soon as I get it. But until then, I’ll give you a quick “behind the scenes” look at how it all went down. πŸ™‚

{{update: I’ve got the video now, so watch and try not to laugh, and then scroll down below to read the ‘behind the scenes’ action if you want. :)}}

{Behind The Scenes Action}

I got to the studio just a few minutes after 5pm (after a miscommunication with someone at the studio about how to get there- ugh!), dragged all my display stuff in, and got checked in at security where someone had to meet me to escort me back to the weather room. There I met the man I’d been communicating with via email, John. He was so nice and helpful, but little did I realize things were about to move quickly!
He took me back to the news room where I saw the anchors doing their news broadcast and John helped me quietly (since there was a live broadcast going on) start setting up my display (which, let’s be honest… had a bit of a Relief Society touch to it with doily display tables and all :)). I actually even had some cute pink and green numbers to help separate the different styles of food storage that I’d brought, but John told me that those don’t work so well on t.v. So they got the boot. But what can I say… I just like things to be cute. πŸ˜€
Anyway, the main purpose of this interview was to help people understand some good ways to be prepared for hurricanes with their food. And while I mainly advocate just having a long term supply of your regular food (supplemented with things like freeze-dried foods, extra wheat, rice, etc.), they were mostly wanting to focus on the freeze-dried meals. So that’s what I showed them. I had a display set to show the process of making the meal and then I was supposed to have a meal already made to show what the end result looks like (I used the Wise Food that I recently did a review on). So I had brought hot water with me to make one of the ‘in the pouch’ meals, got that started and then realized I was quickly running out of time for that! So by the time I had to open it up and put it on display, it was only about half way done and looked more like soup. Oops! πŸ™‚ I don’t think they ever really zoomed in on that ‘finished product’. My bad. πŸ™‚
Anyway, we quickly finished setting things up, I got to meet Dr. Jim (the meteorologist) who started asking me some questions so we could get a feel for how the interview should flow (p.s. it turns out Dr. Jim is LDS as well, so he already had a good grasp on the food storage concept. *whew!* That helped my nerves a bit. :)) and then I realized we were about to go on t.v.! Holy nerves kicking in!! They still had to mic me and that was fun on its own. They started with the mic on one side and then at the last minute wanted Β it changed to the other side. But when they switched it, the cord was visible through my shirt so with literally seconds to go, we’re trying to hide this cord in my shirt and maneuver it around. And the next thing I know, Dr. Jim is introducing me to the camera… which, incidentally, I had no idea where the actual camera was! I had neglected to ask and they had neglected to mention. (You’d think it would be obvious, but there’s so much gear around, that unless you know in advance, it’s hard to tell.) The only camera I was sure of was the lady that had the close up camera to zoom in on the foods. So any time I chose to ‘look at the camera’, it was always that one, and it was always the wrong one. πŸ™‚ Oh well.
Hubby only had one complaint (he’s sweet to have only picked one!) and that was that I didn’t smile enough. He said I didn’t come across as the happy, smiley Debbie that I am… I usually kept more of a ‘matter of fact’ face. And he’s right. And that was again due to the nerves. I was so focused on what Dr. Jim was saying to me/asking me because I didn’t want to miss a question or anything, that I pretty much just kept an intent face. I promise that I smile in real life though. πŸ˜€
Anyway, the real kicker for me was after it was all said and done. I chatted with John and Dr. Jim, cleaned up, and then, as I was on my way home, I realized that not once before going on t.v. did I have a chance to look in a mirror and see how I looked! I didn’t have a chance to fix my hair, powder my nose, straighten my clothes out… nothing! So then the REAL praying started! πŸ˜€ I hoped and hoped that there was nothing terribly amiss and that I was presentable enough.

So lessons learned: 1) when they tell you to show up at 5, be there at 4 so you can powder your nose; 2) don’t bring the kitchen sink! (I had brought a lot of little things that were time consuming to set up. I needed to keep it more simple); and 3) smile.
Got it. Next time I’m famous I’ll know better. πŸ™‚

Okay, well so much for the ‘quick’ behind the scenes look, but it’s always fun to realize what’s going on before the cameras start rolling. πŸ™‚ Happy Friday to you all!!


3 thoughts on “My 15 Minutes of Fame

  1. AJ says:

    That is so cool. You are totally famous. I wish I lived in Houston so I could brag to everyone that I know you. You looked so cute and so smart. Go you.


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