So, in case you’re not tired of my dumb face, you can check out my second appearance on Good Morning America here:
(If you can’t see the video, click here.)
(If you missed my first 30 seconds, you can read about that in my last blog post.)
Fun, right? And you got to see Heather from CraftFail featured prominently, too! (More on that later.)
I’m going to answer some of your frequently asked questions, because I wanna and because being on a morning news show for like 30 seconds (twice) is a weird experience that I bet not too many of you have had.
1. Did you do your own hair and make-up?
HAhahahaha. Hahaha! Did you see me? No. No I did not. There was a literal team.
And, let me tell you, I am not an easy job, especially my hair. I told you about how the first hairdresser was stymied by my hair oil. I did wash my hair after that, but my second hairdresser (for the other segment on Friday) could not figure out what to do with the giant cowlick right on the hairline of my forehead. (I don’t know either. It’s been there forever and I still can never figure out what to do with it.) Much hairspray was involved and I will never be able to duplicate anything she did.
The noteable exception to this is the package in the first segment where they interview me with the Sears Portrait Studio background. There was no hair and make-up for that and I had just gotten off a flying tube of recirculated fart air (most of you call them “planes”) at 9 pm after finishing most of a day at work and not re-applying any make-up since around 7:30 in the morning. The videographer sort of begged me to put on more make-up, but I didn’t have any in my purse (I know. I am horrible at being a girl.) so we wiped all the “shininess” (read: grease) off my face with a slightly used Kleenex I happened to have in my pocket. Not kidding.
Also note my greasy hair. This is why they make you go see the hair and make-up people for real TV.
2. Is Melissa Rycroft/Lara Spencer/Sara Haines/Gwyneth Paltrow/Carlton really cool in real life?
Melissa (of The Bachelor fame) is cute as a button and super nice. Lara Spencer is tall and gorgeous and her fashion is “on point” (so says my brother, whose opinion I trust more than mine on women’s fashion, not kidding). Sara Haines is very sweet, but I didn’t get to talk with her hardly at all. And Gwyneth and I are good buds now. (Listen, Gwyn, are we still on for a shoe swap?) Yes, they are all that thin and beautiful in real life.
Carlton was a total diva. I loved it.
3. Did they really fly you out to New York and put you up for 3 nights just for a total of like 1 minute of actual air time and 2 sentences of spoken lines?
Yes. I am as confused as you are, but I shall not complain.
4. Is it scripted?
Yes. Heavily. We rehearsed. Of course, the script went entirely out the window both days because they had to cut time to fit everything in the hour and the Pinterest segment was the first thing to go. I had the answers to three or four questions rehearsed both times, but had to cut it down to one or two sentences on the fly. On the second one, they were considering bumping me out altogether. Eeek! But they managed to make time.
So, imagine rehearsing and memorizing your lines for a 3-act play and then having to figure out a way to squash it all into the first act. Oh, and they tell you this 5 seconds before the curtain goes up. Fun, right? But it totally was fun. I loved every second of it.
5. Did you get a limo and a suite?
Well, not exactly. We got a limo company with a shiny black Cadillac and a dude at the airport with my name on a sign, which was cool beyond belief. I told the producer how thrilled I was by that and she gamely refrained from patting me on the head.
And I got a hotel room, but the hotel was overbooked so they moved me into a suite, so yeah, I got a suite, but I wasn’t really supposed to, heh. It was pretty awesome. I was told it was a $700-a-night room since it had this view of Times Square:
Feel free to ask other questions in the comments. I shall answer them. Probably. Unless they make me look bad. Then I’ll lie. And you’ll never know.
So I said I’d talk some more about CraftFail, and it just so happens that I have a copy of Heather’s excellent new CraftFail book (which she mentioned in the GMA segment above) to give away!
And you’ll find an entry from yours truly in there. (Remember water marbling? Yeah, that happened, and it’s now in print for posterity.)
Thanks so much for tuning in this week and for letting me rave about New York and Good Morning America and revel in my 15 (or 30) seconds of fame. It was fantastic and I loved it. Thanks guys!