Five Minutes of Fame
I received an email a couple of weeks ago from the producer of the Wendy Williams Show… he wanted to know if I wanted to host a children’s Halloween Fashion Show segment. I was definitely interested and excited about the idea, but having no real experience on television, I was slightly worried about the likelihood of actually getting the part. After I sent over my bio and photos, they eventually hired Lyss Stern instead… but asked if Jack and Zoe were interested in being in the show.
Jack was to be in the show as Woody from Toy Story, and Zoe would be dressing up as a doggie. They were both very excited at the idea of dressing up for a “show”, even though they had no idea what that meant. They understood probably three things “dress-up, show, and TV”.
We arrived at the studios at 11:00AM. There were about 10 other children there, ranging in age. We sat in the green room for no less than five hours while they taped different segments before the kids got to go on.
The bonus of waiting that long? Seeing Tony Hawk skate board onto the set and watching all of the boys’ faces light up. Too cute. (His segment doesn’t air until November 11th).
Finally, we were called to practice a couple of times to see if the kids understood where to walk, what to say, etc. I just had to cover my eyes and hope that my toddlers wouldn’t be completely freaked out by walking into the studio alone, in costume.
We sat backstage for an hour waiting for our turn, and ten minutes before we were to go “live”, Zoe tripped on her paw and faceplanted into the cement floor. Blood everywhere and a fat lip- yet she still went on air with a small smile! She’s ready for show biz. I guess.
We got to meet Wendy’s mother, who was dressed as a surprise to Wendy as Lady Gaga, and the real Superman- Dean Cain.
The best part of the entire experience was hearing that all of our friends and family got to see the kids on television… and seeing their little faces ourselves on our screen at home. The kids had a great time, too.