I recently I ticked off a bucket list item. I co-hosted the Ottawa Daytime Show. I’ve never dreamt of being on Larry King or Oprah or The View. I don’t actually watch much TV. But the Daytime Show is such a reflection of what is going on in my city, and I’ve been on as a guest many times over the years. When they were doing a search for a co-host a few years back I toyed with the idea of trying out. However, the reality is that I couldn’t possibly manage that commitment along with managing my business. Not to mention showing up for the end of day school pick up.
In January I noticed that the show had a variety of guest co-hosts working with Derick Fage. I remembered by brief co-host fantasy and thought this was a great opportunity, because I could certainly commit to doing one show. I emailed Derick with some ideas. He is a great supporter of Harmony House and an all around great guy. We settled on a date and I was booked!
Here is what I learned about being on TV:
1. Paperwork: I never thought a TV host would have a desk and need to deal with paperwork. Soon after greeting me, Derick led me through to the back halls of the studio, through a maze of desks which pretty much looks like every other office space. We would soon go into a production meeting, which meant a clipboard and paperwork of run sheets which broke down the plan for the whole show.
2. Skills: Loads of people are required to put on a show. In my experience as a guest I knew there was a production assistant and the camera guys, but I hadn’t been inside the control room before. A TV show requires an amazing array of technical skills, from lighting to sound to managing panels of instruments which look as complicated as what goes on at NASA. I hadn’t realized how many talented and skilled people were working behind the scenes to make it all happen.
3. Energy: You know how they say that TV adds 10 pounds? It also takes away about 25% of energy. The show is upbeat, positive, and entertaining. To get that across on the screen, you have to boost up the energy level about 25%. So what feels like way over the top in person comes across as a normal level of fun on the show. Derick is now producer on the show and he did a great job of setting that mood with the crew and with guests.
Overall it was a great experience and I am so glad I did it. I met some really interesting people and have a better appreciation for all the work behind creating entertainment.
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