I can’t believe I just celebrated 24 years in the Shopping Network Industry! Looking back at my first headshot is hilarious! I was a baby!!! It is truly one of the biggest blessings in my life to have a career that I absolutely have so much passion and love for what I do. It really is the perfect fit for my personality. I can remember being a little girl and my dad saying you talk so much. LOL! I guess I was getting ready for “3,2,1 – you’re on!” at a very young age.
So many people ask me, do the hosts read a teleprompter? NO!!!! We ad lib everything! I do study all of the products I present so I understand how to explain it to our viewers. Some products are easier than others – for example, gemstones/jewelry. I received the highest credentials in Gemology when I received my G.G. (Graduate Gemologist) diploma in 2003, so I really don’t have to prep very much in that category. However, Electronics is a different story – a lot of show prep there.
Every day at the network is so exciting – from different products, guests and timeslots that I work. I think the highlight of my job would be the people. All of the incredible people that I have met from all over the world that I get to work with, and have established friendships that will last a lifetime. I will always remember getting to meet and work with on-air Chief Design Director of Waterford Crystal – Jim O’Leary from Waterford, Ireland. We became very close and he took me to the top of the world . . . well, the top of One Times Square to see the Waterford Crystal Times Square Ball in April 2013. I have also met so many guests from Italy. Two that stand out in my mind would be Stefano Virgino and Manuela Biancospino. I present their jewelry collections on-air and had the pleasure of spending time with them on my recent trip to Italy. Sonia Bitton has the sweetest soul and means so much to me. Chuck Clemency and Dimitri James are so incredibly funny and I have a blast working with them both! I have known Dimitri since 1994 when I launched him at Shop At Home! Speaking of Shop At Home where I began this fabulous career, I have a bond with 3 hosts that started there with me. We are all still in the shopping network business and still in touch. I love you Connie, Jennifer and Kim . .
It would be impossible to list and thank every guest that I have worked with and have established friendships, like Dallas, Vince, Judy Crowell, Paul Deasy and Nick Kwan. Again, it is the highlight of my job!
Besides my gift of gab, I guess it is my passion for shopping! I can’t believe I get to shop with 88 million viewers every day! It really is a dream job that I am so incredibly grateful for. I want to thank each and every viewer that has invited me into their homes for the last 24 years.
The pleasure is all mine!