Once every couple of months this year I’ve been appearing on SKY Business News for a segment about travel apps. SKY got in contact with me because they’d been reading the app column I write in Traveller’s upfront Check-In section about which apps are hot and how they work.
I’ve done a fair bit of speaking on radio but TV’s a completely new thing for me. And while I have to say it’s kind of terrifying (especially when I can’t remember the word for ‘post office’, see 4:50, LOL), it’s a great adrenaline hit and has already taught me so much about the way I speak and present myself, and about the way TV actually works. Here are my top three TV takeaways:
1. I am a wild gesticulator and eye bulger
2. When one appears on tele, one must wear a block colour and sleeves. Who knew?
3. This segment is recorded in a little cupboard of a space in the centre of the city. When I arrive, I call a guy who comes down to let me into the empty room, who plonks me in a seat, who “mics me up” and tells me which direction I should bulge my eyes in. After that he leaves and I am alone in the box, listening to the voice in my earpiece and trying not to get weirded out about having to sit there essentially talking to myself. It’s very strange.