My TV DebutJuly 19th, 2013 at 9:48 pm by taylorbarth under Interns
My last week working on The Hampton Roads Show was full of fun adventures and important learning experiences. On Monday I went on a shoot with Ariane Aramburo near Virginia Beach. She was working on an “I am Hampton Roads” package for The Hampton Roads Show. Pat also came with to shoot the video. The shoot was a really neat experience because I was able to study the techniques Ariane uses when she interviews people. She really connects with her subjects, which helps make the interview more personal. I realized that this is a very important interview technique, because it effects the outcome of your story. When a subject feels more comfortable during an interview, their answers will reflect that. In turn, viewers are able to understand the subject on a different level and invest feelings in the story. Ariane’s package included a woman who is very passionate about her job, and that really came through during the interview. Had she not felt comfortable, the story might have been general and dull. I am excited to see the finished product and viewer’s reactions to the story. It’s always fun to see something air that you were a part of.
When I first started working with The Hampton Roads Show, April Woodard told me it would be helpful to bring some story ideas for the show each morning. On Wednesday, I pitched a story about a new website called Easynest that allows people to find hotel rooms and share with random people in order to split the price. It seemed like a crazy idea, but I thought it might be interesting to hear if people would use a service like that or not — or even consider splitting a hotel room with a complete stranger! Chris Reckling thought it was a good idea, so they used it on the show! He even gave me a shout out! It was a good feeling knowing that I contributed something to the show. Chris claimed he gave me credit so people didn’t think he was the one who came up with the strange story idea – but I was glad to take the blame! My professors in college always stress that good story ideas will help you out tremendously in this business. A story is the base of a journalist’s job – and without a good one, it’s can be difficult to perform.
The most important lesson I learned this week was to be aware of my surroundings. Thursday was a hectic day on set! We had two guests, a big audience, a chef, and a dog on the show! I was trying to get the pet pal situated on the sofa and hand Ariane the leash. All of a sudden I heard “TAYLOR, MOVE” loud and clear in my headset – and I realized I had stepped in front of April’s camera during The Buzz segment. I quickly got out of the way and couldn’t believe what had just happened! I was absolutely mortified and felt so bad! How could I be so stupid? I had no idea how long I had been in the shot or how much of it I blocked off – all I knew was how embarrassed I was. Apparently everyone had been saying my name a telling me to move, but I was oblivious! I was only listening to my headset and had my eyes on the dog at the couch. When we went to break, everyone started laughing and gave me a hard time. One of the camera guys said, “You’re one of us now, it happens to the best of us.” All the anchors told me they had a good laugh, so that was a relief. I was just glad no one kicked me off set! I definitely learned my lesson to be aware of my surroundings and always know what’s going on around me! Ariane joked with me after the show that I made my big TV debut! But let me tell you – it was completely on accident! The situation turned into a good laugh, but I definitely learned my lesson!
Today was my last day on the show – and NO I didn’t step in front of the camera! Comedian Tommy Davidson was a guest today, so it was a neat experience meeting him! Blue Bell ice cream also came, and the anchors and Tommy all had a race to see who could make the biggest ice cream come in 30 seconds! It was a fun last day, and I am sad to leave! I am beyond grateful for this wonderful and unique experience on The Hampton Roads Show! I learned so much, and had a blast doing it! Next week I finally get to do something I am familiar with – work in the news department! I can’t wait to shadow reporters and learn from them! I only have three more weeks at WAVY, and I’m going to be sure to make the most of it!