A few things I learned after my appearance on Kababayan LA:
- Apparently, Daniel Day Lewis won some sort of an award.
- Kababayan LA's Oh So Lovely Host, Ms. Jannelle So, is Oh So Lovelier in the flesh.
- The camera doesn't only add 10 pounds, it adds a giant fat face to otherwise semi-normal and proportionate food blogger bodies.
With all that said, I still had a very good time taping my segment about "blogging." Like I mentioned in my previous post, I really had no idea what to expect going into this. And when I arrived at the LA 18 studios yesterday, I only met with the Oh So Lovely Ms. So for 2, maybe 3, minutes before I went on camera.
During this short meeting, the Oh So Lovely Ms. So explained that she would be asking me the "positives and negatives" of blogging--and that was pretty much all the notice I got as far as what I'd be asked. It seemed pretty general, but I figured I could handle it and get some of my points across.
Also during this briefing, the Oh So Lovely Ms. So said that she had forgotten that she would be doing an Oscar wrap-up show that day and that I probably wouldn't be on for very long--which in all honesty, was kind of a relief to me. I was extremely nervous at this point and figured that the less time I was on camera the better.
After our little impromptu chat, the petite, red-clad hostess left me to my own devices in the green room while she went on camera to conduct an over-the-phone-interview with another guest for that day's show--a Pinoy news anchor from the BBC.
At this point, my nerves were really getting the best of me. I knew that in a couple of minutes, I'd be called in for my on-camera interview. I was doing everything I could to not piss myself.
Luckily, any chances of pee-pee pants were averted because before I knew it, I was being sat down in a wobbly director's chair next to the host and having a mic clamped to my coat. The Oh So Lovely Ms. So was very nice and went out of her way to make me feel relaxed in the moments leading up to my interview. I must've looked a wreck because she told me to not be nervous and just focus on her and not the cameras and lights.
I didn't think it would be all that difficult to keep my eyes on the petite host in red, but as you'll see in the clip, my eyes are darting every which way as I stumbled, stuttered, and sweat through my answers.
But before I get to the clip, here's a little bit of a glimpse into my internal dialog during the precious few moments before the camera lights turned on:
Holy motherf* sh*t, this is a rickety-ass chair! This apparatus is an
unacceptable device for holding humans upright! Unacceptable, I say! Dude, keep
your balance, do not fall out of this chair! But that would be
hilarious though! Don't look up at those lights, if you think about the
lights you will start to sweat! Crap! Stop sweating! Stop sweating you
idiot! Think cool thoughts, cool thoughts, ice, snow, beer. Beer.
Ahhhhhhh. Wait, what did I want to talk about?!! Do not make an ass of
yourself! Do the Lakers play tonight? I think this is their year. Can
Jannelle hear my stomach grumbling?!! Oh man, I hope my mic isn't
picking that up! Holy son of a bitch, they're counting down! OK! Focus!
Focus! Eyes on Jannelle, eyes on Jannelle! Wooooowwwww... No, higher! Eyes on Jannelle's eyes. Her eyes dammit!
For my first time on camera, I think I did OK considering I followed DDL smooching Clooney (strange, that). I was obviously nervous, and I'm not completely sure I got my points across. I tried my best to steer the interview towards food, but I also didn't want to be argumentative. After all, I'm just some random food blogger and I was just happy with the opportunity to have been invited on the show.
I was very thankful that that the Oh So Lovely Ms. Jannelle So let me onto her show and stutter away my thoughts. And I'm even more thankful that I didn't piss myself. Good times.