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Elaine Houston Arrives

Elaine Houston made an appointment to come to my house last Wednesday. I can’t believe it was only one week ago today. She is prettier in person and taller too. It was so intimidating to have her right here in my computer room. She had a really nice fellow who was her camera man to shoot the interview. I have a new respect for the job of a camera man, seeing as I still fumble through the most basic of tasks with camera equipment. I watched him in awe that he could handle this equipment with a grace that I will never possess.

Even though I spent the rest of the afternoon wishing I had answered some of the questions differently, the interview all and all was exciting. I mean, I got to meet Elaine Houston. Too cool. Elaine sent a different camera crew to my school that night to take some “b – roll” which is some background footage that will roll when Elaine is narrating the story. I didn’t know this ahead of time. I must be a serious disappointment to my professor.  My professor was really cool about all of this and had not problem letting the camera crew in his class to do this. As coincidence would have it, my professor worked with these guys for most of his career. It was like a reunion for them. All of it was a really great experience. It was an honor to be featured on their news program.

It is my deep unyielding hope that some publisher or literary agent will come across this and decide (as I did many years ago) that the world simply cannot live another day without my book. I believe in the book, and I believe in the need for it. I hope others will one day too.

If you have ever been on TV, then you may know the horror of seeing yourself. Wishing that you said something differently, becoming annoyed with the fact that all of your “cute” idiosyncrasies were, in fact captured on camera for the world to see and really aren’t all that cute. Despite all of this, WNYT did an amazing job of editing and pulling it all together.

Here’s the clip: http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S1589779.shtml?cat=11883


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Elaine Houston!

Once Rebecca sent out five PR releases to promote my book on my behalf, she warned me that this will likely not be fruitful, but it was a great start.  I was hardly prepared to receive an e-mail from Rebecca just four days later indicating that Elaine Houston would like to speak to me on Memorial Day via telephone to interview me about my book.

Elaine Houston is our local news anchor at WNYT.  I watch her every evening that I watch the news.  She is about as real to me as Oprah Winfrey – someone you love and watch with great dedication but you never really dream you will be able to meet her.

I read the e-mail from Rebecca, and I read it again.  I sat dumbfounded at the screen of my computer as if I have forgotten how to comprehend the English language, because it is just not sinking in.   So I read the e-mail out loud.  That helped. 

I bolted out of my chair and ran through the house like a screaming banshee – “Elaine Houston, wants to interview me, Elaine Houston wants to interview me!”  My six year old son gets so excited and joins in by yelling jumping and running through the house as well.  Understandably, my husband has no idea what is going on.  Neither did my son, but he was just excited for the license to act like a dork since Mommy was doing it.  What a sight.

I settle down, and then call Rebecca so we can be excited together.  She makes sure that I understand though – that this is no guarantee.  This is just a telephone interview and does not equate to a television spot.

So now the pressure is on… I must sound halfway intelligent which is so hard to do when you are nervous. 

Despite a stuttering start on my part, it went well.  So well in fact, that Elaine Houston asked if she could come to my home with a camera crew to interview me on camera!

When I called Rebecca that night – she threw caution to the wind.  She finally gave me the permission to be excited. 

Boy oh boy, I sure was.


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Garage to Glory part II

I have been so wrapped up in things in my personal life (a sick child, the desperado plunge in the local elementary school, living outside of the law.. just to name a few) that I never did follow-up about my experience with Garage to Glory.

Last Friday, The Times Union and The College of Saint Rose collaborated to put together a contest and a live show.  The intention is to inspire local musical talent to take part in a competition where the winner will receive a free music video and a music CD that will be produced by The College of Saint Rose. 

As you may know, I am taking a Video Class at the college and participating in the production of this show satisfies a class requirement for our grade.  If you have followed along, then you know that this class is not a traditional class.  Which is awesome for me.  I am not a traditional student.  Fits like a glove.  In the TV studio we learn more just doing it than we would reading a text. 

There were two classes that would make up the “crew” for this live show.  Our professor, who has a ton of previous experience in television, is our supervisor.  He never acts like a supervisor in the way that I am used to.  He is tough, but he really gives us space to make our own mistakes and learn on our own.  We had run through a series of practices to set up and break down the equipment prior to the night of the show.  We did all the troubleshooting the week before the class. 

There was so much to do and so many wires.  You could get dizzy thinking about it all.  My professor was so clever in the way that he assigned our roles.   He made sure we could do it.  Each of us had a very defined role.  We did not deviate.  We did exactly what we were told and we stayed at our post until we were relieved. 

We were all so nervous that we were like a bunch of grasshoppers confined to a mayonnaise jar.  I couldn’t understand why our professor wasn’t nervous.  When I asked him he said this:  “I covered 9/11.  This is child’s play.”

He sure is right about that.

Now, if you watched the show you probably noticed it wasn’t as smooth as a live version of American Idol.  However, I thought we did a good job.

I was amazed at my professor’s composure; I was impressed with Dan Fogerty’s ability to host the entire show after being asked to do so at the very last minute and I was impressed with Dana’s ability to interview the musicians on the fly.  But what I really loved was the way that everyone really took their jobs so seriously and how we worked so well together.  It was great fun and I was proud to be a part of it. 

Sadly, I didn’t get to hear a lick of the music that was being played.  We all had headphones on – so we could only hear ourselves speaking to each other.  We didn’t want to miss a cue.  However, I send hearty congratulations to the winner “Try Sarah Topps”.  I look forward to working with these guys in the future when we shoot their music video.

Let’s hope that Garage to Glory becomes an annual event!

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