Thursday, April 19, 2012

I guess I have a talk show now

Here's the follow up to my previous post: we taped the first show on Tuesday, April 17th! It feels quite surreal. I was exactly as frightened as I imagined, and I'm not sure if that will fade over time, but I will keep at it anyway because, why not?

My first guest, Ann Lee of Friends Fabric Art was DELIGHTFUL. And she wrote a sweet post about her side of the adventure.

I totally forgot to snap a picture of her because I was quite befuddled by the whole process but I did get a few shots of the evening. Here's a helpful guy setting up the microphones on my little bare bones, I mean minimalist, set.

And here's the very kind and efficient crew that volunteered and showed up to help me make a TV show:

And here I am afterwards, gleeful I did not have a heart attack. On the left is my director/editor, Catherine, and on the right is Jessica Wilson, Executive Director of LTC. Jessica also ran one of the cameras and was instrumental along with Ann, in keeping me calm.

It's a half hour show and we pretty much taped in real time. It needs to be edited a bit, cleaned up and graphics and music will be added. I am supposed to be creating a logo right at this very moment to be added onto the footage when I meet Catherine tonight, heh. I still have a few hours!

I think Ann and I had a good conversation about the intersection of commerce and creativity in her particular circumstances. I think others will find it interesting too.

I learned a few things for next time:
1) Prepare way more questions than you think you need, then double that. I ran through all my questions in the first half of the show and had to scramble to figure out what to fill the second half with.

2) I need to figure a way to signal the guest. I can see when we have one minute left, but how do I tell them to wrap it up? Working on a series of complicated winks. Or maybe there's an industry trick someone can share with me.

3) I will just have to make a bunch more shows to make this one seem less significant in my mind. It's the first one, it's a bit of a rehearsal for the rest of my program. If I didn't nail it, it won't matter in the larger picture.

4) People who volunteer at Local Access TV are really nice and generous with their time. Thanks to everyone who helped out!!

That's it for now, The show will be available when we finish polishing it up, I'll let you know when that is. Then I guess I need to make a date to tape the next one! Arrgghh! LOL :)

Thanks for all your kind encouragement. I felt buoyed by your good will!


  1. Wonderful post. A great story unfolding here. Love the photos.

    Your guest, Ann Lee,wrote a delightful description of the whole experience from her point of view, so glad you posted a link.

    This is all so interesting!

  2. YAY!!! You survived!! ^_^ ...Between you and I, I knew you would. ^_^ I can't wait to see it!...Carry on!!

  3. The question I want to ask is when are you taking over for Martha?? Seriously, can't wait to see the show and the ones that will come after it!

  4. You are my craft hero xxxx I'm so excited for you, can't wait to see it even more now :D:D:D I know it will be so super duper just like you xxx

  5. Thanks for the great plug. Keep up the good work,

  6. Liz, this is so exciting!! I can't wait to see your first show. When will it air? Hey, do you need a film editor? I know just the guy!! Good-luck and keep us posted!!

  7. I love that pic of you. You do look ecstatic! Well done and can't wait to see it :)

  8. Congratulations Liz! You continue to be a pillar of the local craft community!

  9. Oh wow, when you said on flickr that you were taping a show, I thought you meant like, a segment on someone else's show, not that (jaklsdfj OMG how exciting and scary and wonderful!) you have a show of your very own! So cool, and I can't wait for it to be available online. (And how was I not following your blog yet? Remedied.)

  10. Thanks all! I feel like I'm cheating on my handmade company with a TV show LOL :)

    Kathleen, I know, RIGHT? Crazy stuff :) Same re: blog, followed you back!