I hate talking in front of people. Well, groups of people. The only thing I hate more than talking in front of people is singing in front of people. Luckily, I've escaped a career in music (what with my total lack of talent and all). In junior high, the school I attended had a mandatory speech class and contest, which I loathed beyond belief. I didn't know why I had to take the class. It was stupid, stressful and I knew for sure that when I grew up, I'd never have a job that forced me to speak in front of people. Maybe that's why I went into journalism/writing. Words are fun, but only when they're silent and on a page. Out loud, they can get kind of scary. I suffered through my junior high school speech class and contest, and then I never talked in front of people again (more or less). Until today.
Today, I talked in front of a teleprompter and TV camera. On Wednesday, I'll talk to everyone who is tuning in to Fox 17 at 6:45 am because the Scene is starting a new segment, a weekly 2-3 minute spot on the local morning show, Tennessee Mornings
(which airs 6-8 am weekdays). Even though I said, "I'm here with you live," I won't really be live on Wednesday. I mean, I love the Scene and all, but 6:45 am? As far as I'm concerned, that time doesn't actually exist.
It actually went quite smoothly. I got to see the Fox 17 news desk (which was a smidge more exciting than Paris Hilton and her Whopper) and stand in front of a green screen that was, well, big and green. Teleprompters are quite a fabulous invention. If I had had a teleprompter in 7th grade, maybe I wouldn't have been so nervous when I gave my speech about why homework was stupid. Maybe then I would have delivered my lines flawlessly and the school officials would be so moved that they would've canceled any and all homework assignments. But...probably not.
So if you want to see some extremely inexperienced, deer-in-the-headlights type of reporting on weekend events that are also printed in our paper, be sure to tune in to Fox 17's Tennessee Mornings
on Wednesday. Even I won't wake up early for myself, but I may program the VCR. If you have Comcast cable like I do
, I think Fox is channel 6. I'm not really sure. Wait. I mean yes I am. I'm totally sure. I love Fox. I definitely watch more channels than just Comedy Central & Nick at Nite. And I totally watch Tennessee Mornings
all the time. All
the time. I even tape them to watch again later. I also watch really grown-up and important shows. Like C-Span. Boy oh boy, do I love C-Span.
I will be doing the segments weekly or semi-weekly. So there goes my "I'll never have to talk in front of people" notion, another thing I was wrong about when I was a kid. What's next? I suppose one day I'll discover that trigonometry really is
important. Or maybe someone will hold me a gunpoint and threaten to kill me if I don't recite the Gettysburg Address right then and there. Although I doubt I'll ever find myself in dire need of an explanation of photosynthesis. And I still think homework is stupid.