It's April when I get a call while filming a cooking segment here at my home with cast and crew from NBC’s Today Show. It's my publicist at Zondervan; she wants me to travel up to their offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to film some cooking videos. I’m of course thrilled, and so I hop on a plane the following Tuesday afternoon. Now obviously I’ve filmed cooking videos before, so I’m thinking that this will be just like those other times, nothing new: a big studio (or restaurant), three or four hundred people in an audience with plenty of interaction, and plenty of back-and-forth with a news correspondent or on-air talent of some kind (“talent” is the TV or film term for “actor” or “on-camera personality”).
The biggest lesson I’ve learned of course: Rule #1–NEVER look at the camera.