To celebrate my 5th appearance on TMZ Live, I thought I'd share what it's like to do such a thing.
Well for starters, it takes a lot more preparation than you think. The journey starts at around 10 am EST when you receive a message via Skype from the producers asking if you're available. Once you accept, they send you a list of 8-10 topics that'll be on that day's show and you must select at least three topics that you feel confident talking about. Now in order for this go well, I would suggest that you read ALL of the articles that are on the show's run down (schedule) so that you can be on at any time -- this brings me to my next point.
Patience is much needed when doing something like this. There's a lot of waiting, and that can affect people in different ways. I'm in the industry on a daily basis so I understand what the producer's going through. There are a lot of changes made during the live show. These changes include cutting segments, moving segments around (preparation and flexibility comes in play for this because you could either be on sooner or later than planned), you could be given a different story, or you will be asked if you can be on another day.
You will find out all of the need to know details during a 1 minute long test call that takes place between 12:30pm and 1:30pm. It's really fun and good practice. A little small talk and perhaps a sample of your comment will go down at this time.
Then finally at 2pm, it's showtime. You wait until it's your turn, sometimes if it's not until the end you'll be waiting until 3:30pm, but the producers are really good at staying in touch through the whole thing to give you updates on when you'll be on or if there are any changes that you should know about.
It's a really rewarding and fun experience! I am thankful to be doing this since I get to talk about the one thing that I love... Celebrity gossip!
Catch me on TMZ Live tonight dishing on Scott Disick and his new leading lady's scandalous lunch date and have a great weekend!