SOCIAL MEDIA

09 January 2015

I'm a TV Star!!

Okay, Okay, I know what you're thinking: "Rachel, be logical here. One interview on local television does not a TV star make."

But then I will respond with the fact that I'm American, and I was interviewed for a local television channel, which makes me not merely a TV star but an international TV star.

And then you will stop trying to use your logic on me and will just let me do my happy dance in blissful ignorance of reality.



Basically, what happened was, a few weeks ahead of time, we were informed that the local television station wanted to feature us on their news program--they were interested on doing a story on the lifestyle of foreigners teaching English in ShenZhen, China.

The journalists came to our school one morning and spent the morning videotaping our classes. Angel wasn't actually scheduled to teach that morning, and was only informed that he had to teach for the cameras 10 minutes ahead of time, so he borrowed a class from another teacher, one that he'd already taught that week, and didn't have a completely new lesson prepared for them, so he had them play a version of charades where the students verbally describe a word they are trying to get their classmates to guess.

The students were very excited about having cameras in their classroom and a few were even pulled out during class in order to be interviewed about their experience of having Angel and I as English conversation teachers.

They filmed individual interviews with us in our office (our own desks weren't quite suitable for the filming, so they kicked a couple of our coworkers out of their desks). They also filmed us 'lesson planning' together and walking to our classes together. They were particularly interested on catching the touching moment as we separate and head two different ways, as we teach in completely different buildings. They had us re-enact the point in our walk where we separate multiple times, but I'm not sure if we did it good enough that that clip will even make it into the interview.

 Our interview questions. Just as a help for those not experienced with non-native English, #1 is asking about our previous work experience and #11 is asking how Angel and I met. I thought those two were the trickiest ones.



Also, this is how you know everything on tv is fake: Angel wore his suit coat and a tie to teach in--he may, on rare occasions, wear the tie, but never a suit coat. I also pushed things to the extreme and taught in heels. Which may have been a bad idea because Angel said afterwards, "Whoa, those heels look really pretty! Why don't you wear them more often?"

It was funny how we both responded differently to the cameras. I was on such an adrenaline high that I had a hard time sleeping and then eating breakfast before the interview, though when the cameras were on me I was perfectly comfortable. Angel, on the other hand, didn't show that the thought of being on TV made any impression on him whatsoever until he was in the classroom a minute before class began and turned to me and said, "Why do I feel so nervous?" He was definitely a little uncomfortable in front of the cameras, but I was very proud of how well he did.

If we do end up getting a copy of the aired segment, I will post it online and share with you guys! We don't actually have any television service...or a television, and there's no guarantee that we'll see our segment when it airs (though they have told us that they will give us a disk of the segment), but I wanted to write own the story of this fun little adventure while it was still fresh in my mind.

44 comments :

  1. There you go! You're gonna be famous now! ;)

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  2. That is awesome!!! HAHA and I was going to say - you both look shnazzy!! I am secretly camera shy, so I have a feeling I would've been a lot like Angel. I hope they do post it! I would love to see it!!

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  3. Thats so cool! I wanted to go to Korea for a bit but hope you love China!

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  5. That's so fun! I agree. You're definitely a star. ;-)

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  6. Ha! You're a foreigner. ...one of those facts that you always know...but don't fully realize until it's pointed out like it is here.

    Those questions and the dramatic separating moment crack me up. I do hope we get to see the segment, Mrs. Famous!

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  7. That is awesome! I would be pretty excited if I were you too!

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  8. How exciting!! I totally get why you're so pumped about it!

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  9. How cool!! yeah Id be pumped too! you go super star <3

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  10. Did you do the interview in English? I'd love to see it if they give you a copy. You are totally international stars!

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  11. Wow! That's totally awesome. I've always wanted to do one of those English abroad programs. Looks like tons of fun.

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  12. What a fantastic experience! You guys are such unflappable pros! : ) I hope we get to see the clip sometime.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  13. Whoa look at you hot stuff! That is seriously so exciting. You'll have to get ahold of the clip and post it on the blog. :) When I was a kid, our Christmas play was always hosted on the local TV channel, and I was so excited. I thought that a famous Hollywood producer would see our Christmas play from rural Appalachia, and that he would fly over here immediately and whisk me away to Hollywood.

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  14. Oh how fun! I bet it was such a great thing to experience! So cool.

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  15. Awesome! You are completely famous! This is a great story. Funny story: I used to teach a teen pregnancy nutrition class, and a girl from the MTV show "16 and Pregnant" was in one of my classes. A film crew came to my work to film for a day. It was scary, but the funny thing was that my parents told all of their friends that their daughter was going to be starring on the show "16 and Pregnant". Ha ha ha! Oh, and no actual footage of me made it on the show!

    You were FEATURED though, so obviously you are a star! :)

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  16. How neat that you will now have documentation of such a cool experience!

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  17. That's so cool! So you're telling me all I had to do as a teacher was teach in a foreign country to be treated like a rockstar!? Haha :)

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  18. That is so cool! And you did look super cute :)

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  19. this is awesome!!! i hope they send you the disk so you can share it because i'd love to see it. funny how even TV fake over in china :) glad to hear you were so comfortable with the camera and interesting how you two had different emotions leading up to it.

    i probably wouldn't have been able to eat breakfast or sleep AT ALL.

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  20. You go girl!! I would feel the same way if I were you!

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  21. How exciting. Would love to see it if you do manage to get your hands on a copy!

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  22. Rachel, I love this!!! I definitely think you can call yourself a TV star. ;) And I love the cute little phrasing they have for their questions, very endearing. :D

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  23. It really is funny how how you have no idea how you'll react. I did an interview on our news for my job a few years ago and felt like I was such a goof. My husband recently did a whole segment for his job (chef) and he seriously did so good. Also, I felt like my voice sounded so weird. lol

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  24. That's so exciting! And I think you can definitely call yourself a TV star. It reminds me of one time my uncle was interviewed for about 10 seconds on a local news channel, about potholes of all things, and as soon as we saw it, we were like, "Uncle Dan is FAMOUS now!!" I loved reading this story. :)

    ~Vicki
    Vicki Grace

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  25. Aww, that's awesome! I would totally start calling myself an international TV star for fun if I were you! ;P People seem to love roping Angel into things last-minute! I love how he just borrowed another class for the cameras, hahaha. :P

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  27. That's awesome, congratulations! I bet that was such a thrill. (On a side note; I love your outfit.) Do definitely post the segment if you get a copy; I want to hear you speak Mandarin!!!

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  28. Haha I love it! You will probably get stopped on the street because someone saw you on the news all the time now! I would be like you and fret about my nervousness all morning!

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  29. That is SO cool! I'd definitely put "International Television Star" on my resume if I were you ;) Congrats!

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  30. Hi Rachel, I haven't been on your blog for a long time and I'm trying to catch up on visiting blogs. Wow! This post is way awesome. I love how you shared about the entire experience and how everything on TV is not true. Hahaha... Totally get the part on the fake classroom, fake desk, fake outfits etc but they are all for dramatic purpose which make everything all so pretty. I was laughing at the interview questions but I guess that English standard we see there is already very good.

    It would be great to see the clip on your blog! And now I would briefly catch up with the other posts that I've missed.

    Jo
    Jo's Jumbled Jardinière

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  31. Yep. You're totally a legit international TV Star, and a real-life rockstar in my book! :)

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  32. Ahh very cool! I'd be very excited too!

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  33. That is so cool that you were on local TV!

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  34. That is pretty neat! I'll count you as a TV star!

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  35. I love it! You guys are famous!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  36. so cool, Rachel!! I love that you get to have this incredible (tv worthy!) experience together ;) fingers crossed we get to see the video!

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  37. How fun! I'm sure it was a great experience. I hope you get to see the segment and share it!

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  38. Congratulations to you both! You do live such an interesting life! I enjoyed your 'teenage outfits" as well!

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  39. This is so exciting! How awesome to be featured on a local tv station! :) I hope you do get your paws on a copy, we'd all love to see it :) I'm the same way, I can't sleep and toss and turn all night worrying. Then things turn otu just fine. Lol no matter what, men love heels - makes our legs look better ;) Have a great one Rachel! -Iva

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  40. Congrats on the interview! That's really neat. It's great to see you and Angel doing so well. I stop in every once and a while to see what you guys are up to. (I mean that in the least stalkerish way possible). I hope you guys continue having a fabulous time abroad! I'll enjoy living vicariously through your posts.

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  41. This is so cool! I love the list of questions they asked. "Talk about your feelings?" :)

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  42. Huge congrats on the interview first of all, Rachel. Nice TV segment. I also love that Burgundy skirt you have on. Looks like China is treating you well. Happy 2015 friend!

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  43. You look like a pro in front of the camera! Enjoy the fame :)

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