If you know me, you’ll be surprised that I know how to rock a televsion appearance. I’m a socially awkward introvert and if I can turn the spotlight on to someone else besides me, then I’ll definitely do it.
But sometimes, you have to own your stuff.
We’re T-minus seven for the 2017 LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER SHOW here in San Antonio. If you don’t know what Listen to Your Mother is, it’s a live show featuring local writers telling their original stories about motherhood on stage. I am the producer and director, which makes me sound all fancy and stuff.How to rock a television appearance like a boss!Click To Tweet
Anyhoo…it’s a show and despite my awkardness, the show has to be promoted. I went on our local morning show last week to do some pre-show promotion. If you find yourself faced with a media opportunity though your job or community work, I have some tips for you to help you rock a televison appearance.
1. Ask for advice on what to wear
Just to make things fun, ask people who have no media experience whatsover.
“Wear a dark solid shirt with a statement necklace.”
“Don’t wear prints or patterns.”
“Always wear an interesting print or pattern.”
2. Decide to go shopping because you don’t have anything even remotely appropriate for TV Land
Briefly consider wearing your yoga clothes (yeah, the ones that have never seen an actual yoga studio) and decide that is a bad, bad idea.
3. Go Shopping but avoid trying on clothes because you feel fat
4. Vow to lose 10 pounds
5. Buy throw pillows and underwear instead of clothing to wear on television
6. Promise yourself you’ll go shopping after your juice fast
As in forget to do the juice fast but eat all the chips. All. Of. Them.
9. Wait until the morning of your television appearance to pick out an outfit to wear on the air
Pick out a dress…but not a short one, because you’re good with shaving your legs but a below-the-knee dress means you don’t have to shave…well, above the knee. Seriously, does anyone ever do that?
10. Cut yourself shaving
Because of course.
11. Realize you’re late (and starving) and whip up a green smoothie to take in the car with you because you don’t want to eat a lot because that bagel will add 500 pounds when you’re on camera.
12. Search frantically for a lid for your smoothie cup
13. Decide to live dangerously and take a green smoothie in a cup without a lid in the car with you…
…how bad could it be?
14. Arrive at television station smelling like wet kale and swear words.
15. Tell everyone you encounter from the people in the parking lot to the security guard that you’re going to be on TV…
…be as awkward as possible. Talk about how you spilled your smoothie on your skirt in the car or panty lines or how you cut yourself shaving because you’re not used to manuevering a razor over your thighs. Everyone likes that.
16. Take at least seven selfies in front of the building.
17. Check in to the TV station on Facebook so everyone will know you’re super freaking important.
Don’t forget to mention this nugget as you’re going about your day. To everyone. EV-REE-ONE.
18. Meet lots of chirpy and eager producer and interns…
…be as awkward as possible. If someone asks you how you’re doing, always answer “me too!” When someone helps you mike up, make sure you assure her that you’re wearing underwear and that you showered. Even if she didn’t ask. I mean…she probably won’t ask but don’t let that stop you from sharing, sister.
19. Have the ultimate “Oh Shit” moment when you realize that your dress rides up to mid-thigh when you’re seated.
20. Hope no one noticed you didn’t shave above the knee.
21. Wonder how long it’s been since you shaved above the knee…
…everyone else will wonder this, too, because OMG you’re like the Yeti.
22. Talk with your hands as much as possible and forget basic words pertaining to things you’re a subject matter expert on…
…you know…the reason you’re on television in the first place.
In all seriousness, after my whopping three television appearances, here’s my best advice:
Know where you’re supposed to be and arrive 15 minutes early…
…really, this is good life advice for any situation. Extra time will give you more time to take those awkward selfies you’ll be so proud of later.
Wear a solid color.
I like black or jewel tones with a statement necklace.
Look like you.
Sure, you’re going to want to take some extra care with your hairdo or put on a little more makeup but don’t try to look like…well, not you.
Look at the interviewer and not the camera.
I mean, seriously. You don’t stare off into space when someone asks you a questions, do you?
Yeah, I know it’s easy to say but whatever your reason for being on television, it’s probably safe to say it’s because you know your stuff. Be yourself. Anyone can rock a televsion appearance…you certainly can.
And enjoy the ride. And the bragging rights. Because you were on televsion and you’re a badass.