DO allow yourself double the time you normally take to get ready just in case there are, um, snags along the way.
DON'T assume because you buy new, it'll look new. I thought it'd be fun to wear dark, argyle stockings so I didn't bother shaving my legs. The problem came in when I saw the hole as I was taking it out of the package.
DON'T plan on wearing anything you haven't worn for a year without inspecting it before hand.
DON'T panic at the thought of stepping outside looking like this.
DO try to find ANY stockings in the bottom of your drawer, even if you haven't worn them in 10 years.
DON'T freak out when those said stockings have holes on the toes. Clear nail polish stops runs. Dab some on, let dry and move on.
DO try to not be self-conscious when, after seeing you in stockings, your 9-year old asks, "What wrong with your legs?"
DO ALWAYS shave your legs! No matter what you're thinking of wearing!
DO pump up your makeup. If your everyday makeup routine consists of light and natural, then bump it up to dark and gothic. (Trust me, if you're a light makeup wearer, whatever you might perceive as looking gothic on you, probably won't be.) TV lights tend to wash you out so what might look like "too much" makeup for a day time setting will probably be "just right" for television. Last thing you need is looking like you've got no lashes. As you can see, I should have applied more mascara on my 9 lashes.
DON'T cry when the mannequin you're taking to display the diaper bag/baby carrier breaks as you're loading her in the car. You will smear your overly-done makeup or, in my case, my already under-done 9 eyelashes.
DO smile at the camera. DON'T look like you just saw a ghost. DO express your thoughts with your mouth, not your body. DON'T mouth the teleprompter. DO loose some flipping weight!
DON'T be overly critical when watching yourself on the playback.
Three main recommendations:
DO PLAN AHEAD.
DO ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN B.
DO REMEMBER TO BREATH THROUGH OUT THE ENTIRE PROCESS.
Thank you Shiri Spear for putting me a little more at ease and not smacking me across the face when my nerves were on edge.
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