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11 things you must do for a live interview: I will be interviewed by Nancy Redd today on Huffington Post Live, 6:30 CST

What should I wear?

What should I wear?

This morning I had a message from Nancy Redd from Huffington Post Live. She is going to interview me tonight at 6:30 pm PST, which is 9:30 pm EST. This will be live. Live as in I had better not eat any beans today. Live, as in, I don’t want to pass gas on air.

Hi there! I am a host at HuffPost Live, The Huffington Post’s
internet streaming channel. We interview everyone from Tyra Banks to
Ken Burns and I would love to have you on for a segment TUESDAY (today)
at 6:30pmPST for a segment on your awesome piece here:


Might you be available? I sure hope so! – Nancy Redd

Someone she found an article I wrote, 9 reasons why you don’t have any friends.  She liked it and wants to talk to me. She lives in Los Angeles, so she is not just trying to be my friend so I will bring her home-made chicken soup when she has a cold.

You can see how fun she is on her web-site, nancyredd.com. I wonder how you pronounce her name? Redd as in the color red?

This will be live. As in real-time. As in, I will have to put Trooper the Cockatiel upstairs as he likes to tweet Happy Birthday. The cats can be allowed out. Hopefully they will not hack up a hairball while I am live on the air.

And I will make sure the litter box is not too close to the microphone. We have seven litter boxes and the one in the laundry room is close to where I will have my computer.

11 things you must do for a live interview.

  1. Wash all of your dishes. How can you concentrate on the questions on a live goggle chat when you have dirty dishes on the counter. After I read the e-mail this morning I washing all the dishes, and the pots. And I hate to wash dishes. 
  2. Vacuum the livingroom. The camera in your computer may see the brown hair from your dog Martha. Or the interviewer  may ask to see your carpet.
  3. Write down your name and what you like to do in your free time. In the heat of the interview you may forget your name. Remember that you like to write. If your name is Pamela, put a can of the non-stick spray Pam beside you, to jog your memory.
  4. Find something to wear that is not black. Then you realize that all of  your clothes are black. And then you remember you are not going to buy any clothes for 365 days. Is this the day you use your one save? Or would you rather buy the black exercise shorts so your other clothes will fit you after you lose ten pounds?
  5. Clean all of your litter boxes. You know the camera can not pick up smells, but you don’t want to be smelling the litter boxes when you are being interviewed.
  6. Practice putting on eyeliner. You never wear make-up. Nothing but lipstick. But today when you are live on-air you want your eyes to be large and inviting. Perhaps you can practice holding your eyes open wider, sort of the bug-eyed look.
  7. Do not listen to your husband: He told me to only wear underwear for the interview. What if the computer monitor slipped and the whole world saw that you didn’t shave your legs today?
  8. Stand in front of the mirror and practice saying your name out loud. Hi. Hello. Hi there. Hello. How are you? Hi, delighted to be here. And how are you today?
  9. Wear a good bra. Good support is essential. And don’t wear your dorky cowboy shirt. My oldest daughter said the 4-H connection to the host is not worth wearing the cowboy shirt. Decide how you want to brand yourself and dress like that. I will probably wear a jean jacket, or a purple prom dress.
  10. Smile and look at the camera in your computer. Really, smile. You are supposed to be having fun. Relax and look right at the camera. Eye-contact is important.
  11. Research the host. Be nice and find out about the person who is doing the interview. Especially if you are being interviewed about how to be a friend. Friends ask questions, they don’t just talk about themselves.

Please stop by tonight and meet Nancy Redd on Huffington Post Live.  I will be interviewed at 6:30 pm CST, 9:30 pm PST, August 13, 2013,  about the article I wrote. 9 reasons why you don’t have any friends. 

Nancy is a weekday host on Huffington Post Live Monday to Friday from 3:30-7:00 pm CST. Today she was kind enough to talk to me about my article.

My readers are my friends. 

Yes, really, they are. And that means you.

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About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • Robn Patrick

    I saw it, I saw it, I saw it!! Woo hoo! Way to go Pamela! You probably don’t know this but you were the only one looking at your audience! Smart woman. And, the commentator seemed to favor you. Good stuff.

    • Yeah! Thank you for watching Robin.
      Timber taped a little penguin behind the camera on my computer, so I would have something friendly to look at. I am glad her idea worked!

  • Robn Patrick

    I am trying to watch but can’t seem to figure out when it’s actually on. But I’m gonna keep on trying!

  • margaret simon

    So exciting! I will try to watch. I’m in Central time so it’s before bedtime, which is 9 now that school has started. I look forward to seeing you live, my virtual friend.

  • Jaana

    Pamela, you are having a great day! I am so proud that I can say I know you (well, through your posts at least. And, I did think about you in PA when we drove to DC last month (from MI we drive through PA). I am confident that you will choose the right clothing and be a wonderful interviewee! Blessings and hugs your way!

    • Jaana thank you for the blessings and hugs. If you ever drive this way again, please send me an email. I would love to meet you. It is nice to have met through writing.

  • This is so exciting!!!! I am so proud of you. don’t forget about us when you are famous.

    • Kathleen, I will never be famous. If more people know my name, it will never make me forget yours. Thank you for watching. 🙂

  • Amy Rudd

    This is so exciting! I won’t be able to join in as that is the bedtime routine hour in our house-so I hope it goes well, my friend. If I could beam some coffee to you right now, I’d invite you for a cup! 😉

  • Stacey Shubitz

    Is this one of those webcam interviews? If so, make sure to set it up perfectly ahead of time and look at the camera lens. (I have trouble doing that whether I’m Skyping or using FaceTime.) Good luck, Pamela. Hope it goes well.

    • Yes, it was on the webcam on my computer, in a google hangout. They checked it first to make sure it worked. And I frantically ran upstairs to get my husband to help me as somehow the mute button was on.
      Thank you for your encouragement Stacey. I had fun.

  • Anita Ferreri

    WOWSERS! NOW I CAN SAY I KNOW SOMEONE WHO WAS INTERVIEWED BY THE HUFFINGTON POST! Well, I can’t really say I know you for real, but I really can say I feel like I virtually knew you even when you weren’t famous! Seriously, this is great and I can’t wait to share your success with my husband who thinks I spend a little too much time on the computer – blogging!

    • Anita, you are so kind. Hopefully my story on how to make friends will help someone who is lonely or struggling. And perhaps it will help your husband see that words make a difference.
      Keep writing Anita. Your words matter. 🙂

  • Christa Sterken

    Pooh will be so jealous. Thank you for not listening to your husband. I love you, but don’t want to love ALL of you on camera. I am not into cowboy stuff but actually like the shirt in the middle. And above all, remember that you are Pamela, not Pam. Better write that on your can. So proud of you!

    • Hey Christa, good thing I wrote my name on the can of Pam-ela. I needed it. Thank you for watching.

  • Elsie

    Congrats on your interview. You will be great. After all, you have prepared for this. 🙂