Hard to believe April is here isn’t it?!
It was astonishing how wild the weather was in London the day the clocks leapt into Summertime – which reminds me, the clock on our landing still needs to be moved forward an hour.
Hope the weathers not been too bad where you are.
I think the slightly out of the ordinary shift patterns at QVC allows time to feel it’s moving just that little bit quicker than usual at the moment. The year is already racing by.
I’m often asked what it’s like behind the scenes at QVC so I thought, in this week’s blog, I’d share some pictures with you.
Simon Brown is our fabulous kitchen guest, and friend of mine at the Q. Here he is limbering up moments before going on air. You can also see the shot framed for Simon in the cameras monitor.
I’ve the utmost respect for our camera operators – there generally tends to be a running order to the show but you never truly know where a live show can take you… especially when I’m around, and if it’s an hour in the kitchen I tend to head where the food is!
This is Chris on camera 8 getting ready for an hour of technology with me and below is our fabulous floor manager, Laura. Without the floor staff we’d be in real difficulty – in fact our output would look disastrous. They keep everything running smoothly and ensure we are where we’re meant to be (unless, of course, it’s a kitchen show… then you’ll find me by the food!)
You’ll notice the two screens. They’re what I get to see when I’m on air. The screen on the left is showing exactly what you see at home. The one on the right is what we call ‘preview monitor’. This screen generally tends to show me the next shot our director is about to go to, for me to prepare for, but sometimes graphics and information is put on there for me to read.
Before going on air I’ll spend a number of hours studying product, chatting to our buyers and producers. I’ll meet the guests and will then head to my wardrobe to do my very best to try and look presentable!
Our sound department kindly allocate me a microphone and talk back pack. It’s to this I attach my moulded ear piece which I had made about 10 years ago. The ear piece is vital and allows the director and producer to keep me up to date of what’s happening. Every now and then they’ll say something a little cheeky to me… So if you see me smile or hear a chuckle in my voice – that’s probably the reason!
Now that I’ve mentioned all those kitchen shows… Guess what?! I’m feeling a little peckish and right now hot buttered wholemeal toast with marmite is just what I have in mind!
Oh, and while I remember, watch out for a competition coming up soon on my blog!
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