It’s “Throwback Thursday” so I figured I’d share a throwback try. Last year, I saw a casting call from The Knot asking for NYC-area brides interested in appearing on national television. I happened to be getting married a few months from that point and thought, “Hmmm.. interesting! Why not give it a try?” I submitted my photo & information and patiently waited to see if I got a reply. The next morning I opened my inbox to an email from the PR girl asking if I was available to come to The Knot offices for a model fitting. How cool! The next thing I know, I’m trying on wedding dresses and bridal accessories in the wardrobe room of one of the largest lifestyle media companies in the world. Fast forward to a few days later as I’m being picked up by a fancy car service right outside my apartment building at 5:30am on a Tuesday morning. In the car window was a sign with the Today Show logo and my name below it! Proof: Upon arriving at 30 Rockefeller Center, I was escorted to the green room where I had my hair and makeup done while sitting next to a handful of recognizable on-air correspondents and a couple celebrity guests. I was feeling pretty nervous!
It was a long process, but show time finally arrived. I, along with the other bridal models, was ushered to the live set. During commercial break, we were given a rundown of how the segment would go and where we were supposed to walk, spin and turn in front of the camera. As I prepared to step in front of the camera on LIVE TELEVISION I felt my legs turn into jello. The only thing saving me from going into an anxiety attack was deep breathing. I thought to myself, “Come on, Lauren. You can do this! Remember, it’s FUN!”
You can check out the segment here:
My inner monologue was correct… I had a blast! Even though my on-screen cameo was brief, it was an absolute rush — both surreal and invigorating. I was eager to experience it all over again, so I was beyond flattered and excited when The Knot asked me to come back and model for another Today Show segment a couple months later! This time around I was featured in a segment about wedding etiquette and what guests should wear to weddings. It was even more fun than the first time. Video below:
Moral of the story: it might seem scary to step out of your normal boundaries and try something new, but it’s almost always worth the risk.