I can remember being a little girl and visiting my Dad at his work—he was a Director for the Guiding Light, a soap opera that was very popular at the time. He showed me the control room, where he told people what camera to go for for the reaction shots, calling for each camera to create the story we all saw on TV and had me go out on the set where I could see myself in the monitor.
I ran off the set—I was shy and although I secretly wanted to be on camera, I was afraid to be there! After being in corporate sales for many years, I decided to head back to my original dream of becoming an actress which led me to the career I’m in today! Although my father didn’t necessarily nurture a career on TV (my parents divorced when I was 7), it did spark an interest in my own mind.
I decided to do the same for a non-profit group of young girls called “Diverse Daisies.” This is a group to bloom nurturing young girls of all ethnicities to learn new skills and engage in new opportunities, designed to motivate, empower and inspire the lives of young women!
The Daisies were so excited to visit Evine and experience behind-the-scenes of our home shopping world! I gave the girls a tour of our control room where there area many monitors to view different shots on the set, showed them where the product is set up for us to review,
toured the studios, the host room where all of the hosts prepare and they loved seeing the “pink” room (although it’s not pink), where all of the hosts get their hair done before our shows!
The girls were screaming with excitement when I took them to our fashion studio with a runway! They ran out on the set and wanted to reenact a show, so I picked 2 girls to be a host and a guest and 3 girls to be models with 2 others behind the camera, learning how to operate a jib (moving camera) during fashion shows.
I taught the 2 ‘hosts’ the basics of selling a new Holly Robinson-Peete cardigan and showed the 3 ‘models’ how to walk the runway and model the clothes with attitude and style, and the other girls learned how to move the camera around the set to follow the models. They had a BALL! The girls were strutting their stuff and were all so proud of themselves afterwards. Each girl had an opportunity to present and they didn’t want to leave.
A few of the girls were VERY good at speaking and presenting so who knows, we might see them on air in the future!