Friday, June 25, 2010
Lessons From TV Debut - Pray First!
Have you ever been so excited that you forgot to pray? I almost learned that lesson from my TV interview on Channel 4, our local NBC affiliate.
The morning of the interview, I was really nervous. What are you supposed to wear on TV? I went to put on a red blazer and Doug remarked, “That’s too bright, you better wear something else.”
Thanks honey for all the helpful input.
I opted for a plain black dress. Rather than staining my teeth with more coffee, I got out the whitening strips from my dentist. What we do for vanity.
It was raining, which meant my hair would transform into a ball of frizz the moment I stepped outside. This called for extra hair gel. I caked it on liberally, along with some extra make-up. After whining my teeth, I decided to make a green shake for breakfast. If I didn’t have my usual dose of caffeine, at least I would have energy.
When I got to my office, I was really missing my coffee. I went into the bathroom and noticed I had hair gel all over the side of my dress. Worse yet, I had spinach in my teeth from the green shake. So much for vanity.
I called my friend Cheryl, and she prayed for me over the phone. Then I called my secretary, Larriane. “Help, I need some coffee. I don’t care if my teeth are brown, I need some caffeine quick.”
After getting some work done (and some coffee), I headed to the studio around 11:00 a.m. From there forward, everything went smoothly. The team at Channel 4 was fantastic, and they even posted the link to my book on their website.
Of course, after an interview there are always things you wish you had done differently – things you wish you would have known (like where the camera was) and things you wish you would have said. When I got home, my kids were thrilled to see me, but Abby blurted out -- “You should have said our names on TV!”
Next time, I’ll try to remember to say their names. The most important lesson I learned? It wasn't the coffee, the hair gel, or the whitening strips. The most important lesson was to pray first!
Have a good weekend!