So this is a little out of the blue, but I got an email this week from BBC CWR.
They’re starting a new show on Thursday nights called The Culture Club and they wanted me to be a guest after seeing all the local events I’d been tweeting about recently!?!
My immediate response was to say I couldn’t make it, as it was midweek and I had no one to look after my daughter, but after thinking about it for a while I realised I was just making excuses to get out of doing something I might not be very good at.
At the beginning of the year I made a New Year’s Resolution to gamble more, to put myself out there with my career and push myself.
Well this was certainly something I’d never tried before and was way out of my comfort zone!
I messaged back asking if I could bring my daughter with me and, when they confirmed I could, I replied saying I’d love to be on the show. So there was no turning back!
Being on the other side of the microphone was going to be an unusual experience for me, but I figured the benefit of being on the radio was that if I started getting super embarrassed at least the audience wouldn’t be able to see me turning beetroot red!
I arrived at the studios fifteen minutes early and was introduced to the other guest panelist, Paul O’Donnell, and handed a sheet of topics we would be discussing that evening. Thankfully I was familiar with all but one of them and after a quick google decided I could hopefully wing that one if I really had to.
Paul and I got chatting and found we had a lot in common, including a project we had both worked on the previous year without actually ever running into one another.
Paul had also never been on the show before and after confessing how nervous I was I actually started to feel a lot better. By the time we were introduced to the show’s host, Dave Marshall Barrett, we were chatting away and this rapport really helped when we went on air as when one of us got stuck the other came to the rescue with a quick reply.
I got to talk about my current favorite topic, the recent Shop Front Festival organized by the amazing Theatre Absolute. We discussed the events we were most looking forward to in Coventry over the next few months (Deliaphonic, 5th May at St John The Baptist Church) and I even got to tell my BFG story (this will stay a mystery if you don’t tune in).
By the end of our half an hour I was actually getting surprisingly comfortable.
My daughter also really enjoyed the experience, getting to see behind the scenes on a real radio show and taking loads of photos to show her friends.
If I’m lucky enough to be asked back on The Culture Show one day I’m guessing I’ll be just as nervous but I won’t hesitate to say yes this time.
If you’d like to listen to the show just click on the link below: