A CBS producer contacted me this past Friday asking if I would be interested in going on â€œThe Early Showâ€ on CBS to speak about being unemployed and how Iâ€™ve been using social media to try and secure employment. Being that Iâ€™ve been involved in theatre all my life and even majored in Fine Arts, this was a no brainer. I gladly accepted and did a brief interview on the phone with a CBS producer.
My segment was scheduled to air Monday, April 12th at 8:18am with Lamar Graham, Executive Editor of PARADE magazine (as Iâ€™ve been working on the â€œWhat People Earnâ€ project with him). Not only was I excited to be on TV, but was thrilled to meet Lamar, since PARADE had given me this fantastic opportunity. View previous posts to learn more about the project. The CBS producer told me a car would be picking me up at 6:15am, I would arrive at â€œThe Early Showâ€ studio at 7:30am with a scheduled air time of 8:18am. Perfect!
I called my career advisor Fred Ball to tell him the exciting news. He was thrilled for me and was more than happy to offer some on-air advice, as he has been on TV promoting his various books before. Iâ€™ve been an extra in films, commercials and done live theatre, but a live TV interview was new for me. I promised myself I would go to bed at 8pm Sunday night. Like that really happened. I couldnâ€™t sleep to save my life. Â I had every possible question in my head of what they could ask me. Not to mention, what if the car canâ€™t find my house, what if thereâ€™s traffic. Reminding myself not to say â€œumâ€, â€œya knowâ€ or long extended pauses if I have no answer.
Monday morning my alarm went off at 4:30am. I was ready to go and hopped out of bed. While the night before I was so anxious and my tummy was in knots, I woke up with a calm about me. I was ready! The car arrived early and was waiting for us, we hopped in the Cadillac Escalade (which was super comfy) and headed off. When we arrived at the studio, we got out of the car to be greeted by an â€œEarly Showâ€ staffer who showed us the way. He brought us into the green room where I met Lamar and the VP of Communications at PARADE Christie Emden. I was brought into hair and makeup and they touched my makeup up a little bit and gave me a nice blowout. The blowout relaxed me. Oh I forgot to mention the whole time I was in the green room, I kept staring at this man saying to myself â€œthatâ€™s the animal guy, whatâ€™s his name, heâ€™s always on Rachael Rayâ€.
Shortly thereafter we went on to the set. I was surprised how they really make use of all the space in the room. Each wall was set up for a different thing. One wall had a kitchen, another some chairs, another the animal guy (his name is Jarod Miller). We waited a few moments and then Lamar and I were ushered over to 3 chairs. Turns out Harry Smith was going to be interviewing us. Harry walked by and said hi to us, but was doing a segment outside first. He came back in, sat down and welcomed us. I told Harry that this was my first TV interview, to be a little easy on me. He assured me there was nothing to be nervous and I would be fine.
And 5,4, *,*,(finger point). We were on. Harry introduced Lamar and then myself and jumped right in asking me how long Iâ€™ve been unemployed. Watch the interview here. The interview was much easier than I anticipated. Once I sat on the couch I was fine. I felt comfortable with all my answers .
We went back to the green room for a sec and then were told our cars were there. We walked out, hopped in a car and were sent home. We arrived home around 10:30am. In and out. Iâ€™ve received such positive feedback from my segment. I had nothing to worry about. I actually had a blast doing it. With any luck Iâ€™ll get another opportunity. Who knows? Maybe professional speaking is in my future? News anchor?