I got the email on a Friday.
“We would like to have you on our show, AM Northwest, to promote your book and we happen to have a time slot we need to fill THIS coming Monday. Are you up for it?”
My reply to them was a resounding YES with the added reassurance of “Oh no, having such little warning is no problem at all!” while inside I was trying to figure out how on earth I was going to get everything ready in time. It didn’t help that my very first book signing was that Sunday and my son had a swim meet too. Oy vey!
In hindsight, though, I think it was much better to not have more advanced warning because that would have just meant more time for me to have panic attacks and nightmares about being on live TV!
I left the house very early Monday morning for the drive up to Portland and after pulling into the studio parking lot my nerves really kicked into high gear.
What if I miss a step in the craft demonstration?
What if I forgot some of the supplies?
What if I forget how to talk?
What if my nose looks big?
You can see how quickly my thoughts went into a downward spiral.
I made my way to the studio door and was buzzed in and directed to the ‘green room’ (which wasn’t actually green at all) and was shown where I could freshen up and then told to just wait there until the producer came to get me. Before I knew it, I was being whisked backstage where they showed me where to set up my craft demonstration.
The plan was for me to show how to make these Book Page Bird Nest Ornaments which are included in our book ‘Life in Season‘.
I quickly got all of my craft supplies laid out on the table and quadruple checked to make sure that I had everything just right.
A production assistant came and got my microphone hooked up and before I knew it the table was being wheeled into the studio. I was introduced to the lovely host of the show, Helen, and given minimal instructions before we went LIVE in 3.2.1.
Are you ready to see how I did? Click here!
Whew! I’m not gonna lie. I had such a hard time watching it back afterwards and was very critical of myself, that I looked in the camera when I wasn’t supposed to, my shaking hands and the fact that I said the word ‘awesome’ one too many times but at the end of the day I chalked it up to a really cool once-in-a-lifetime experience.
That was until…they asked me to come back again! What?? That’s right! Just last week I had the opportunity to do another craft demonstration live on the air!
This time I decided to show how to make these fun and easy Valentine’s Day Poppers.
And let me tell you, this time I was WAY more relaxed.
Want to see how I did this time around? Click here!
I can honestly say that I never would have imagined that I would have these opportunities and it’s so incredibly humbling and frankly just a lot of fun!
And I’m so grateful to have you join me in this adventure and meet me here at the picket fence,