Hey guys. Sheesh, the things they don't tell you before you go on live national television!
So, I was super nervous about doing a segment on CNN for their Eatocracy segment. So much so that I didn't want to jinx it by mentioning it ahead of time.
But … today, Jimmy Carter did not die, so they put me on TV for a few seconds to talk about local foods.
Here's what they don't tell you: You'll be in this giant room with shiny cameras. There will be a crowd of tourists watching you through a window. They will hook a bunch of mics and earpieces to you, so if you're wearing a dress without a belt, they will have to shove a bunch of battery packs into your pockets. And you'll drop those packs, and they'll look at you like you're a goofball.
When they finally put you on the stage … dude, it's THE stage! Like, anchor desk styles. But unlike, say, Anchorman, where you are coddled with instructions and delicious scotch, the real CNN just kinda throws you into it. You're looking at a teleprompter … and then holy crap, it's you! On National TV!
Your brain will do a number of things at once, all of them poorly:
a) Watch CNN. It's a TV, it's still the most distracting thing in the room.
b) Realize - it's YOU on there. And you look awkward! Maybe you should move so you aren't crumbled in that little ball!
c) Vaguely listen to the questions being asked by the anchor, but mostly just focus on the fact that the camera … no! no! seems to be showing the back of your head! Why is your hair in a ponytail! Ack!
d) Spew some silly nonsense into the ether.
I was so nervous I said some silly, silly things. I said Rebecca Kern hugs her chickens on TV! I said rogueApron dinners were monthly … when they've totally been on hiatus due to my rickety bones and chaotic school schedule.
Rebecca's eggs ... in makeup :)
The producer, Christina Gunn, was super nice, and I really wished I could have just talked to her on the TV. But, there you go … my first live national TV appearance. Hope I didn't disappoint you guys too much!
I'll post it once it's on the web.