In the â€œbig deal for meâ€ category, I was on Fox Business News live last Friday with David Asman (obviously this is an up-to-the-minute blog). And if anyone saw it, they saw my virgin TV appearance. See? I have NOT done everything before!
It wasnâ€™t a bad experience at all. I was slated for five minutes starting at 4:40pm Eastern. I knew what they wanted to discuss and I rehearsed answers to possible questions. Well, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was on right before me. I could hear him when I got miked up. He was somewhere on the California coast holding forth on the environment (no to oil drilling off the coast of California, yes to drilling in Alaska â€“ what an environmentalist). He talked and talked. He wouldnâ€™t shut up. He ate into my minutes. Like he doesnâ€™t get enough press time or something.
My segment turned out to be shared with a guy who had run a New York agency before. He was very chatty. Guys are an extremely talkative species. But maybe it was his first time too. I donâ€™t know.
We got about 3-4 minutes. Thanks Arnie.
But I did learn some lessons.
Iâ€™m very much a people-person and itâ€™s hard to have a conversation with a camera. I was in a satellite studio in San Francisco. It was just me and the camera girl. Canâ€™t even imagine how actors can do their thing with green screens. You feel really stupid.
If youâ€™re going to be on TV and have a long drive to the studio, donâ€™t actually wear your clothes while driving, bring them in a dress bag. I learned this after realizing that I really slouch while driving and my shirt was wrinkled beyond belief.
The makeup lady was great. This was the highlight of the whole experience. She did things to me that I havenâ€™t done before. I wanted lessons. I wanted her makeup kit. It was heaven for someone who is a girly-girl but hasnâ€™t gotten to indulge much lately. She was very friendly, and got me talking, which was a mistake when she tried to line my lips. Still, the makeup lady was wonderful. God bless TV shows offering free, professional makeup. I wore my TV face all day. It was great.
Not having a mirror in the studio room was unsettling. I have no idea how I looked. I still donâ€™t because I havenâ€™t tracked down the segment online. Insecurities raging. I know I stumbled around on the last question.
My only complaint is that there wasn’t enough time. There never is. Sex work is such a complex topic and there are so many things to say and debate.
And thatâ€™s about it. Though the travel took my whole day, the interview itself was over so fast I barely knew what hit me (and probably looked stunned too). This was such a huge deal for me, but I know it was just 3 minutes in the life of Fox News. I understand that.
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