Hello, folks! This post is a bit late in coming, but I have to tell you I was just plumb tuckered out as the old folks say. I have sufficiently recovered from my whirlwind trip to HSN for my first stint as the on-air spokesperson for Estate Collection/ 3 Birds.
I was scheduled to present four products:
- Glittered Gumdrops Goodie Box Embellishments
- Junque Drawer Embellishement Kit
- Cling-Eeze Rub Ons
- Honey of A Card Kit
I packed by bags and samples and headed town to Florida where the HSN studios are located. Since my first airing was in the 8 AM hour, they needed me to be there at 5 AM to meet with the host of the hour. That meant I had to be up and dressed at 4 AM. OUCH!
Up and ready with a fresh face and dry hair. HSN has a salon that does your makeup and styles your hair.
In the chair at 6 AM. Obviously the stylist that took this photo was a little sleepy, too- hence the blurriness! They did a pretty good job of hiding those bags under my eyes!
Afterwards, I felt like a crafty Charlie’s Angel with that flip!
So then it was all about making sure the tables were set up. I had an amazing assistant for my first time down there to show me the ropes (thank you, Chasity!)
Here’s Claudine Hellmuth getting her table ready back stage. They line these tables up in the hallway before wheeling them onto the set. Her segment was right after mine- and her line is super-adorable…much like Claudine herself! You can see her products on HSN here.
Fifteen minutes before I was due to go on, I got wired for my mic pack and headed onto the set. You can sit in one section of the set and watch the action in another. Here’s a pic of me watching and waiting. Do you think I look nervous?
And then…it was “Go-Time!” I really only felt a flutter of excitement…not full on nerves. I feel very comfortable in front of people and cameras (years of singing, presenting, and teaching) but I was just hoping that I didn’t forget to mention any of my “talking points.”
In the photo above, you can see the lights and monitors. That’s me with hostess Helen Kearny. She was very nice and helpful.
My Hubby snapped this shot of the screen. He was at a sports bar in Indianapolis and asked the barkeep to turn the channel to HSN so he could watch me during breakfast. HSN’s male audience just tripled, I bet!
So then it was over. Since my next airing was at 7 PM, I had a nice long time to eat breakfast, take a nap, do some shopping, take another nap, and head back to the studio.
At that point the “Today’s Special Value”- the Anna Griffin Cuttlebug and embossing folder set- had sold out! Great right? Well, that meant that all of the remaining time slots for that product needed to be filled with something else and reorganized! As a result, on of my products for the 7PM hour was dropped and 11PM product dropped as well. Ah, such is live TV. You can never be sure exactly what is going to happen!
I went on at the top of the 7PM hour with Bill Green, and he was so much fun to work with. He also knew it was my first day, so he went out of his way to make me feel comfortable.
And then….it was done. I have to tell you, it’s fun to do. You all know how much I like to craft and TALK about crafting, so I fell like I could go on all day!
I’m already looking forward to my next show with THREE new products from the Estate Collection by 3 Birds Studios on February 12, 2013. I’ll share more information once I get it.
In the meanwhile, if you’d like to see the segments, click the links below. The video presentations are embedded right next to the product photos. I’d love any feedback about how I did either here or on HSN.com.
Last thing…. I am SUPER impressed with how things are run behind the scenes at HSN. Everyone was so professional and friendly…and even with the schedule changes, everything went very smoothly. It’s a first-class operation. I am SO looking forward to my presentations next month!
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