Monday, December 17, 2007
Live from New York...
Five days after undergoing media training, I made my terrifying live television debut on Studio B with Shepard Smith on Fox News. (Of course, I'd been on TV before, but that was mostly Red Eye which comes on at 2 a.m. and is slightly less formal as evidenced by the time I was on the show and declared that the state of Florida "looks like a wiener.")
My boss called me into his office on Friday and said that Fox requested I come on the show to talk about how Conan, Leno and Letterman are finally coming back on the air next month in spite of the writer’s strike.
Boss: “How did you do in media training?”
Me: “I was nervous at first but I loosened up after about 10 minutes.”
Boss: “Well, we need you to go on Shepard Smith this afternoon. It’s a 3-minute segment.”
Me: “So 7 minutes after it’s over, I’ll be completely relaxed.”
(Shep couldn’t have been nicer, by the way. When it was over he gave me the verbal equivalent of an affectionate arm punch and said, “Don’t worry, it gets easier.”)
Posted by Noelle Hancock