A few weeks ago a Producer from a local morning show contacted me, asking if I would be interested in showcasing some of our homemade Hot Pink dishes on camera. Ahhh yeah! Safe to say, I was all over this like jelly on toast.
The producer’s original concept for the segment was about sweets for your Valentine sweetheart, so I pitched the opportunity to prepare crêpe suzettes, chocolate truffles & crème brûlée — I guess I’m on a bit of a Parisian food kick. She loved the crêpe idea but wanted me to put a baby purée spin on it since the show’s host is eight months pregnant.
The day before my appearance I was practicing my crêpe flip and packing my cooler with loads of fruit to puree (for baby) and stuff in crêpes (for mama). Curiously I checked in on the station’s website to see if there was a teaser for the next day’s show. Well, there was, but no mention of Hot Pink Apron. Instead it excitedly explained,
“We’re getting ready for Superbowl Sunday! Tomorrow’s show is all about preparing food for the big game day.”
Hmmmm… this was news. Well, I like to be considered resourceful almost as much as I love being on camera (and I really do love being on camera). The next morning I rolled with the punches, took my cues (sorta – watch the clip, you’ll see what I mean), and I did my best to just enjoy the experience.
Here’s the clip:
Cooking while speaking on camera is clearly a talent that requires a great deal of practice. It was more than a year ago that I auditioned to be CBC’s next food TV host, and although I didn’t land that part I remember walking away from the studio thinking, ‘I can’t stop chasing this dream. I have to practice more, build a YouTube channel, and become great at engaging an audience.’
And then life happened and I became too busy to chase dreams. So, here I am thinking the same thoughts after this experience and I don’t want to waste anymore time.
Before I go, any advice out there? With so much online content available, it’s difficult to brew up an original idea for YouTube.