Well, it’s certainly been a hectic few days since my last blog! After my brief appearance on the Morning Show last week, I went on air for an hour of Fashion Clearance with the fantastic Kathy Tayler. Having such an experienced and lovely co-presenter to guide me through was a great way to start and Kathy couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful – thanks so much Kathy!
Come Monday though, I was let loose on my own. My first solo show was an hour of Clarks shoes – luckily I’m a bit of a shoe addict (ok, a HUGE shoe addict) so at least I sort of knew what I was talking about! And the Clarks guest Gill, is wonderful and knows the brand inside out, which helps enormously.
Then it was Green Seasons food, then another Morning Show and then a Craft Clearance show – I’m up and running! Well, maybe not running quite yet (there is SO much to learn about all QVC’s brands, products and guests) but I’m certainly on my feet and staggering… !
As I’ve told you before, this is all a big change from the TV work I’ve done in the past. I dipped my toe into shopping channel waters once or twice before: I spent one day filming a couple of items for one channel, but that was pre-recorded, with a script and an autocue, not totally live and unscripted like QVC is!
I also appeared a few times on another shopping channel as a gardening guest – but again, being a guest is very different from being a presenter. Believe me, presenting on live TV for up to three hours straight with no script or autocue is a lot harder than it looks, and my admiration for QVC’s presenters has gone through the roof now that I’m doing it myself and realise how difficult it actually is!
Other things are different too. In news, we always wore our own clothes. Here at QVC, we try to wear QVC brands as much as possible, so now I get to pick an outfit from the racks in the backstage area (pictured top left), which is wonderful!
And even more wonderful – I now have my very own dressing room (pictured above). When I worked in news, getting changed and putting on make-up was generally carried out in my car, in the back of a satellite truck, or on a bad day, while standing in the middle of a field in the dark. In fact, I remember on one memorable occasion carefully applying lip-gloss and powder while waist deep in water on a flooded high street, which caused much hilarity in the gallery in London.
Even when I was reading the news in the studio, the dressing rooms were generally shared by at least six or seven of us – and in regional news there often aren’t any dressing rooms at all. So it’s a huge treat to have a little space of my own here. All the proper dressing rooms in the presenters’ area are already full, so QVC has transformed what is basically a large windowless cupboard into a dressing room for me – as you can see, it’s a bit of a work in progress, but I’m very happy with it!
Before I finish, I just want to say thank you so much for all the lovely messages you’ve sent me, mostly via Twitter (my Twitter name is @jackiekabler). It’s been so nice to have been made so welcome as I join the QVC family, and it means a lot that you’ve taken the time to get in touch. I’ll be blogging again soon – have a wonderful week!