Behind The Scenes At A TV Shoot

When I go to work in the morning, I never quite know what to expect, which keeps me on my toes. Like in November, when I got the call to tape a segment for a Houston TV station (KHOU). 

This, my friends, is harder than it looks. The segment was seven minutes long, which in TV time, is an eternity. To prepare, I flew out the day before, unpacked props that had been shipped, and shopped for props (try getting out of season flowers at 9 p.m. in an unfamiliar city-- no easy task).

Then, after a quick bite at the hotel I proceeded to arrange flowers and string citrus and pomegranates from floral wire with the hope that I wouldn't stab myself on major market TV.

This is what it looked like the afternoon I spent propping things at the station:

Here is how it turned out:

My work was not done then, however. Next came repackaging the breakables, finding a FedEx facility to ship them back, and making my return flight home in time, then to put Nate to bed, and get up early to make a phone interview.  Phew! All in a day's work ...