I made my appearance on CBC Newsworld this morning at exactly 11:37am EST. Television news runs like an efficient machine. The first order of business was makeup where I was fake tanned with a hefty dose of bronze powder. We then ran to the set where my props were waiting all neatly displayed on a table. I was hooked up to a mic and ear bud by the camera guy. Then someone was talking into my ear asking me to count to ten. Thankfully I knew how.
The process was a little disconnected as the host and I were not sharing the same space. Instead I was on a set affectionately referred to as “The CBC Garden”, an island holding two chairs and backed by a row of pothos plants. My job was to sit still (except when displaying the containers) and talk into the camera but boy am I a visual talker. I just can’t seem to help turning my eyes north while pondering my next words, and I just can’t not use my hands to talk. Sitting perfectly still feels too robotic!
Anyway it was fun and the whole thing was over in a matter of minutes. Thanks to Nazima who allowed me to peer into the newsroom during a commercial break and to the hosts Suhanna Meharchand and Andrew Nichols who indulged my sentimental need to document all aspects of the book stuff by allowing me in the room to pose for this photo:
This photo was taken by the camera woman. You can really see the fake tan powder next to my own skin in this shot. Yikes.