If you were playing hooky last Friday you may have seen my debut as a talking head on Business News Network‘s program Headline. I was asked on the show to speak about my experience with thrift and to share a few frugality tips with viewers. View the clip!
Being a guest on Headline with host Howard Green was a whole lot of scary mixed with a little bit of fun. I’ve never been interviewed on television before so the whole experience proved to be a huge learning experience. I am thankful for the amazing team at CHBC Kelowna for showing me how to use the ear piece and for plugging me into the mic. Both Rob and Shane were fun to chat with and calmed my nerves before I squawked my stuff on live television. I especially needed the friendly banter since I was scared out of my mind. 😀
What was it like?
To be honest, there’s nothing magical about television behind the scenes. Since I was interviewed remotely I felt pretty disconnected during the interview. I basically sat alone in the studio with the cameraman and listened to my questions through a Star Trek gadget stuck in my ear.
It’s a weird experience to sit behind a news desk, try to communicate with a few people talking in your ear, and then answer back into a dark camera all while trying to look like you’re part of the conversation. I didn’t expect it to feel so strange, but it did.
The $6.94 Shirt
That’s right, I wore a $6.94 blue shirt for the interview. How’s that for fitting the frugal theme? I would have preferred to wear something already in my closet, but because I’ve been living on a farm for the last few years my old “office attire” is now very out of date and no longer fits. Knowing that I needed just a simple blue shirt, I went on over to Superstore and grabbed an inexpensive cotton blouse on sale. I also wore a simple pair of jeans to keep comfy.
I think the hardest part with “getting dressed” for the interview was doing my hair and makeup and not looking too much like a tool. Most stations in Canada don’t offer hair and makeup people to hosts or guests, so I was on my own. I really have no clue how to put on makeup in day-to-day life, let alone for television. But I tried my best to cover my mug and style my hair in a way to not scare off Headline viewers.
It’s taken me almost a week to post this clip for you guys. I thought by now I would have mustered the courage to view the interview, but I must admit I’m just too uncomfortable watching myself on television. I actually didn’t know what the hosts or other guests looked like until after Carl grabbed me some screen shots for this post. Thank you Carl!
Those who have seen the clip tell me I did well and sounded very much like myself (yay!) but I’ve let a few UMMMs creep back into my language (boo). If you’re an UMMMer like me, then joining an organization like Toastmasters is a fabulous, friendly, and frugal way to work on your public speaking skills. I’ve written previously on my challenges with public speaking in Toastmasters is Torture! So why do it?. I think it’s time to head back and de-UMMMify myself. 🙂
In all I learned A LOT from my brief encounter with television. I don’t know how I got up the courage to do it, but I did. A huge thank you to Carl for supporting me in the studio. I think the poor guy was more nervous than I was. 😉