February 17, 2014

So … I was on national TV last week.


In my other, OTHER life as an alternative wedding celebrant, I was asked to come on TVNZ’s Breakfast show on Valentines Day to talk about the growing trend of surprise weddings. The Breakfast show airs every morning and is watching by a LOT of people.

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I’m on TV!

So I was a bit of a nervous wreck. Especially when we got to the studio and had to sit in the Green Room for 20 minutes with a huge TV blaring the show. Just hammering it home that in 10 minutes I was going to be out there, LIVE, in front of hundreds of thousands of kiwis.


After a quick hair-and-makeup, I was ushered to the side of the set, my husband yelling at me that I’ll be fine and feeling everything in the world except fine, and then WHAM, I was sitting on a couch, facing the two presenters, and I was practically ready to burst out laughing because they were so TINY. Like little midget people. It doesn’t look it on TV, but they are little mini-presenters. Somehow, that made it all less scary.

Talking with Allie and Rowden about surprise weddings.

Talking with Allie and Rowden about surprise weddings.

The studio was cool; the whole room – apart from the set – was dark, and you could just see some shadowy people moving around back there and about 10 TV screens with words streaming on them and different things happening. There was another set in the corner – a news desk – and bright lights. I’m a bit squinty in the clip because of them, but that’s me.

So yeah. I was on TV. And I’m pretty happy with how it went. If you’re in New Zealand, you can watch the clip here. I am on at 1hr, 1min.

And if you’re wondering what I’m wearing, it is the French Reminiscent Plaid Skirt and Shirt Set from Heavy Red. And it is my new favourite thing to wear, after my Blind Guardian t-shirt, of course.

Have you ever been on TV?

2 Comments on “So … I was on national TV last week.

February 17, 2014 at 3:52 pm

It’s always exciting to see people I know/know of on telly! :)

My on-TV experience was as a background bogan for the piece Ben Hurley and Steve Wrigley did on bogans for their World Famous In… (Hamilton) show. We were in our natural habitat rather than a studio, so apart from the cameras being there, it wasn’t that daunting.

February 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm

@Nellie – your appearance sounded like fun – and a lot less nerve-wracking than mine!

This is actually the FORTH time I’ve been on TV – getting more than my 15 minutes, I reckon. I was on an archaeological dig featured on a TV one show, I was on the Spirit of NZ when they filmed a short feature about diabled people sailing, and I was featured as one of three stars in an attitude TV show about the winners of a scholarship for blind people. The followed me all over campus and I felt like a celebrity, that was kind of cool. But this was SO different!

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