Wannabe Big Deal Author (Following Bob Dugoni) Has First TV Gig

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by Shawn Underwood

I was more excited than nervous when I got the call about my first television gig. I personify calmness, almost zen-like. After all, it’s my book (Mommy Are We French Yet?). I mean if I can’t answer questions about a book I worked on for two freaking years then I may as well retire as an author diva (Tom’s name for me.)

Before my actual taping I received this email:


Arrive camera-ready. We do not have hair or makeup personnel on-staff. Ladies, please wear blush and lipstick because our lights will wash you out.
Ok, so this wasn’t a problem except for the hair. I can’t fix my hair like Vicki from Salon VCM. She twists a flat iron like no other to produce the natural wave I’m lacking. Thank God, Vicki acquiesced to coming in to the salon at 7:00 a.m.!

Please wear bright, solid colors. Do not wear white, stripes or busy prints.
BIG PROBLEM. I’ve chosen my outfit and while it may be true I resemble a prison inmate, it’s not right for New Day. RATS.  Fortunately, my friend Nicki remembers my closet better than I do. “Oh just wear that outfit you wore at the Tin Room, it’s perfect, and don’t forget the HD makeup.” Have no idea what HD makeup is and really don’t want to buy any, so I ignore that little piece of advice.

Please remain in the green room or prep kitchen while getting ready for your segment.
I’m very excited to see ‘The Green Room.’ Everyone knows going to ‘The Green Room’ means well….I don’t know what it means, but it didn’t stop me from phoning and texting everyone I knew while I waited in the ‘The Green Room.’ However, I must say that while it’s fun to say ‘The Green Room’, the room isn’t actually green. I think the color palette is more ‘tense taupe’, which aptly describes my mood after sitting in the room for over an hour—by myself!

Thank you for being a part of “New Day Northwest”!

Here’s the interview:

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