The story of my national television appearance.
A few weeks ago, I got a call from a Fox Business News Channel producer asking if they could interview me. I love talking about my farm, so of course I agreed! I learned I would be on the new nationally broadcast show “Money with Melissa Francis.” Sounds like a neat and exciting experience, right?
The reality didn’t hit me until later that night when I started to do some research. Since we don’t have cable, I googled the show and this is when the panic set in. It’s on one of those channels where there are numbers, abbreviations, and arrows running at the bottom of the screen (all three of which mean absolutely nothing to me) and housing policies, interest rates, and profit margins are regular vocabulary. I’m no dummy, but this stuff intimidates a farmgirl. What could they want from me?
Then a new panic set in…What to wear? I really hate shopping and I’m not into clothes, but I’m girly enough to freak out about what to wear on national television. Here’s the even tougher situation… What does one wear when told to wear “business casual” and she’s talking about a FARM camp? After three trips to the mall, two exchanges, and a bunch of picture messages to my best friend I finally settled on something “me” that I bet you didn’t even notice.
The day of the filming, the producer finally gave me a list of questions, told me I would appear on the live show in a few hours, and what time the car would be picking us up! Yup, they sent a fancy car to take us to Haltom City!
When we got to the studio (after a very quiet and nervous car ride) they rushed me to make up, which I had absolutely no idea about. I don’t even remember the makeup artist name, but I wish I did, so I could send her a cookie bouquet or something. After scrubbing my armature job off, she not only made me look way prettier then I really am, but she was so calm, sweet and kept my mind off what I was about to do!
After hair and makeup (which is still just too funny to say out loud) they took me down to a huge dark studio with a camera and about twenty extremely bright lights pointing at a little chair in the middle of the room. It honestly looked like a scary interrogation scene from a movie.
They put an earpiece in and touched up my makeup, told me to listen to the directions they gave me in my ear, and when the interview started to look at the camera- without looking away, and to relax and be myself (HA!) Then I sat for what seemed like forever… just me, my pounding heart, sweaty palms, and a sweet camera man with the live show playing in my ear.
And then it happened and was over in, I swear, 20 seconds. I answered the questions I heard in my ear the best I could (I never actually got to see Melissa, the host , just really bright lights) and tried to remember all those things you learn in speech class in school. Of course, there are things I would change, or I wish I had done better, but at least I didn’t stroke out and go viral, like farmer Michael latter told me he was worried about.
It was a super neat experience, and I hope I get to talk more about our farm in situations like this again. I’m proud of myself for conquering such a nerve racking situation, but I know I couldn’t have done it without some major prayers and support from my family, friends, and mostly my patient husband (who didn’t get too frustrated with my little shopping spree!)