I’ve appeared on a ton of television shows like The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN Headline News, ABC Nightline, 20/20, TLC’s Cake Boss, Pix11, Anderson Cooper and even did a hosting gig for Pier 1 and a pilot for the Bravo Network. Some of these segments went wonderfully, others were just shy of a crash-and-burn (at least in my perfectionist mindset). Here are a few of the things that I have learned along the way that I wish someone had told me before I did my first tv appearance.
1. What to Wear: Part 1. Wear solid colors. Patterns, especially small ones, are tough to look at on camera and lines (like pinstripes) become wavy lines. Stick with a solid color. Ladies, make your style statement with a necklace or earrings.
2. Makeup. Wear it! If you can’t have it done professionally, then wear evening-level makeup at the very least. You will feel like a drag queen but if you don’t, you risk looking like a psycho on screen. Gents, this goes for you too. Side Note: never assume that the news outlet will be providing you with hair and makeup, always arrive camera-ready.
3. What to Wear: Part 2. You can’t wear jangly things. They’ll hit your mic and/or cause trouble for the sound guys…ultimately you’ll probably be asked to remove them so just skip them in the first place.
4. Practice. Imagine the types of questions that the reporter will ask you and practice answering with concise sound-bites. Pretend it’s like Miss America and rehearse the perfect 15 second answer. The reporter will never ask you the questions you think they will, but at least you will know what you want to say. Since I’m naturally long-winded, I often need to practice for at least an hour or two the night before.
5. What to Wear: Part 3. Don’t wear white. There’s a thing called white balance (learn more here) that cameras need to do. If you wear white, you make the cameraperson’s job more difficult.
6. Memory Failure. Occasionally you might be given lines to read on camera. Don’t make the mistake of thinking “I’ve got a good memory, I’ll just skim them ahead of time!”because will remember absolutely nothing once the camera turns on (and probably end up crying to your husband in a car on the way home after the shoot.) Practice those lines until you know them cold – with different intonations, different speeds, frontwards and backwards. I usually have to spend at least a few hours memorizing just a paragraph or two of lines before a shoot.
7. What to Wear: Part 4. Wear something that your mic pack can easily hook to. Avoid having the clammy hands of a well-meaning sound guy down the back of your dress. Instead, wear a cute belt or separates.
8. Smiling. You will feel like a fool, but you need to smile or have a vague smile on your face at all times. Remember that hilarious viral video about a b*tchy resting face? Trust me – when it comes to tv, you will have a nervous resting face which translates to b*tchy for all the viewers. When practicing your answers (see #4 and #6), be sure to keep a smile or generally pleasant look on your face at all times. For references, study videos of your favorite newscasters.
9. Speak in sound bites. Start your answers with repeating the interviewer’s question (see example below)…it makes the tape easier to edit. Be concise with your responses and have a defined start and end. No ums, ahs or trailing off. Practice eliminating common words and phrases that we say in normal conversation like “you know?” and “like.”
Example Reporter Question: “What is a new trend in weddings today?”
Example Response: “A new trend in weddings today is bridal mohawks because…”
10. Other Details. Live TV is just what it sounds like – no messing up. Live to tape is the same thing – they won’t let you re-do anything. For taped (aka pre-recorded) segments, they can re-do things but it’s generally frowned upon. If you’re doing a remote interview where the reporter is in a different city, you will be locked into a small, windowless room with a camera, desk and an earpiece so you can hear their audio. They will give you a warning of when they’re about to start and you’ll hear the intro for your segment. Stare directly down the barrel of the camera and blink at a regular pace so you don’t look like a serial killer.
11. Bonus Tip! Have an opinion. Whatever you are being asked, take a side. Chances are you’re not running for office, so you won’t be taken to task over your opinion. If you are wishy-washy it makes for boring television. Take a stand and stick to it.
Did I miss any good television tips? Let me know in the comments.
I was delighted to talk with the jewelry industry authorities at JCK Magazine to discuss our shared love of marriage proposals and the breakthrough industry of proposal planning. The article posted yesterday, February 13th, so if you missed it be sure to check it our here!
I was so honored to be interviewed for CBS News where I got to share some of my favorite tips and tricks for creating a unique Valentines Day date. The article posted today, February 13th, so if you’ve been putting off your Valentines day planning check it our here for a little inspiration!
Josh let Natalyia know almost everyday that she is the one he wants to spend the rest of his life with. He now was ready for that big moment to make it official, and there was no holding back with this one. The proposal started by teaming up with the interactive play, Sleep No More, where Josh was to pop the question at their exclusive rooftop restaurant, Gallow Green (before it was even open to the public!). Natalyia still had no idea, and believed that she was just another individual partaking in this interactive experience. When both of them finally met, they stood on the rooftop inside an old vintage train car which was surrounded by pages of poetry written by Pabloe Neruda, one of the couple’s favorite poet. After getting down on one knee and receiving a yes, the two of them were ushered away in a stunning 1932 Hupmobile to enjoy dinner at Natalyia’s favorite restaurant, Daniel’s. Josh surprised Natalyia further by having them enjoy dinner in the restaurant’s private sky box and was served by the executive chef himself. The next day the couple was off to Greece and France and we couldn’t be happier for them. The amazing couple’s proposal was featured in the New York Post and on Good Morning America! Congratulations Josh and Natalyia!
Thanks to Kelly Guenther for the photos!
I was so honored to be interviewed for Elle where I was able to discuss a little bit about the behind the scenes of marriage proposal planning. The article posted last Thursday, December 5th, so if you missed it make sure to read it here!
Wish Upon a Wedding Hosted its Fall 2013 Bridal Market Kickoff Party at the beautiful Prince George Ballroom. As a proud board member of the New York Chapter, it was amazing to see the night come together as top professionals from all areas of the wedding industry gathered to support this wonderful cause. The night included great treats such as fresh hand shucked oysters, delicious whoopie pies, and amazing macarons in a whole assortment of flavors. The night concluded with a short film honoring the couple of the second wish the New York Chapter had granted. If you like to donate for couples in need please visit the Wish Upon a Wedding website or please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the photo below of me and fellow Event Planner Sarah G. as we walked the teal carpet at the party!
Thanks to Roberto Falck for the photo!!
With Central Park as the backdrop, Le Parker Meridien Hotel provided the perfect location for a beautiful breakfast that joined together wedding industry pros with media experts. I’m proud to be a Board Member of Wish Upon a Wedding New York. Wish Upon a Wedding is an organization that makes it possible for couples facing terminal illness or other serious circumstances to have a dream weddings or vow renewal through the generosity of donations from local wedding professionals. With 60 wishes already being granted nationwide, we hosted a breakfast to share our successes and forge new partnerships. We were especially honored to have famed designer Nicole Miller speak about how terminal illness has touched her life and her support for Wish Upon a Wedding. If you’d like to donate to couples in need, please contact email@example.com.
Photos courtesy of Alicia Swedenborg
I was delighted to be quoted in a New York Daily News article on August 12th about the perils of being a bridesmaid. Read the full article here to find out my input!
I was thrilled to be featured on HLN’s Weekend Express talking about my favorite destination wedding tips! If you didn’t have the chance to catch me live on TV, click here for the full segment.
I was delighted to be quoted in the Metro New York newspaper on August 20th regarding the new trend of dinner party apps. Read the full article here!