Monday, January 23, 2012

DOs & DON'Ts When Appearing on TV

After the segment about the baby shower gift suggestions aired on Friday, I knew I had to put together a post to help future television guests in the hopes that things go smoother for you. Here's a list of DOs & DON'Ts when getting ready to be on live TV. 

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.

Here's the 4-minute segment of the show. Remember to enter the giveaway for a chance to win all of the items I speak about in the segment!


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Susan said...

Oh my goodness, what great advise. It totally reminded me of a recent interview I had! Your screenshots were hilarious! You look great, I love your hair, and you seriously looked great in the video!

Renee from Where the Grass is Greener said...

You had me cracking up with those screen shots! But, you were quite the natural on TV...really, you were great! And, you looked good, too. What were those little black things on your leg, though? (KIDDING)

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Oh my gosh you are totally cracking me up!!!
You rocked!!!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

I think you did an amazing job! I haven't worn tights/pantyhose in forever...and I'm pretty sure my boys would think my legs looked funny if I did:)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

you are too cute! love it!

Emily@TheWickerHouse said...

How exciting to be on TV. You did a wonderful job. It's also fun to see a side of you we don't see when reading your blog. You're adorable!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I think you did great! You were articulate, had energy~I didn't even notice you mouthing along to the teleprompter. I had to watch it twice to catch that. And since you were behind that table, I'm sure no one saw any stubble. You did such a good job!

michelle said...

You are too funny. You did a wonderful job and you look gorgeous and now I can put a voice to your posts! :) I am so glad that it all worked out, hairy legs and all. ;)
xoxox

gail said...

great post! I think you did a fabulous job! Thanks for sharing this with us!
gail

Melissa Spitler said...

LOVED IT! If I had children I would want everything you showed! Terrific,Wonderful,Great,and Amazing job!! You are a natural and you are way to critical on yourself! -and no I'm not just saying this... Ed called me at work to tell me he watched you live and how great it was! I had to watch you via TIVO, but still wonderful.

shelly said...

You did a great job! I love your reality comments though, as they were so sincere. I would have definitely been you, and did the same things! You are everywomen!!! Thanks for sharing!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

That was hilarious! I thought you did fabulous. Your hair looked great too! But did she call you something other than Yanet? Oh and those are cute tights.