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My Experience at Fox News Studios for Fox & Friends First
It’s not lost on me how fortunate I have been in my writing and media success. Starting from nothing when I published my book and with no expectations, I did not foresee where I would be two years from then.
When I started getting invites on television programs because of my articles, it was a sign that maybe I’m hitting a spot in culture and politics that even television networks are finding interesting.
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However, I was even more proud that my invites were due to my writing talent. Lots of people write for publications but I somehow stuck out and got someone’s attention.
As time went on, I started getting people to invite me onto their TV shows to just ask me my opinion on something that is going on in the news. I’ve been appearing semi-regularly on Talk TV (UK Network) and maybe once a month on Sky News Australia to get my take on the state of America.
“Let’s go to Adam Coleman to tell us what’s going on in America”
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“Adam B. Coleman puts his arm around the people he has lived amongst his whole life, providing them with honest and incredibly personal insight.”
“Wow. I had no idea when I started to read this book, how important the message is for every single one of us.”
The first time I heard that, I kind of laughed in my head because that’s such a huge responsibility and they are giving it to me? I didn’t see this happening.
Please, don’t take that last line as me doubting my talents or worthiness, it’s just that I chronically downplay things. If you met me in person, I’m very even keel, rarely excitable and I feel all of that helps me to stay humble. I don’t want to take any of this for granted.
This brings us to my recent appearance on Fox News’ Fox & Friends First television show. I’ve appeared on Fox News a few times prior and for Fox Business once. They’ve come to my house with a mobile studio (which is freaking cool by the way) and once via webcam.
However, I never had the opportunity to go to their studio in Manhattan even though I’m in New Jersey.
I initially received a text from a producer asking if I’d be interested in coming on, which I accepted. The topic was about Black Lives Matter likely going under after squandering tens of millions of dollars.
But then they asked, “Could you come into the studio?” which I gladly accepted.
3:30 AM the next morning, a driving service came to pick up my wife and me to bring us to the studio. No coffee (because I just quit coffee on Monday) but I was ready to go.
Television studios are interested because on Television they seem big and lively but in person, they’re usually on the smaller side and empty to the point of having an echo.
When you’re on camera, you don’t really think about how many people are going to see you because you’re too focused on preparing for possible replies to the host’s statements or questions. You never know what they may say so the best you can do is guess and be ready for it.
First, let me say that everyone I encountered was really nice and patient. Todd Piro was really welcoming and a fellow Jersey guy to boot. My wife was there with my new G95 Panasonic camera and the crew let her stand on the set while she snapped photos during our exchange. Brooke Singman even helped to snap a couple of shots of my wife and me (the crew even changed the lighting for us).
When I first made it onto the set, I was looking for the chair I was going to sit in and didn’t see it. I assumed that they just didn’t bring it out. Minutes later, I would find out that I was going to be standing and talking to Todd which was new to me.
I’ve been in a studio twice before, both sitting down so you’re a little more open.
I was a little nervous but everyone says I looked calm. I credit some of this to my years working in IT…can’t show the boss or a client that you’re panicking as you’re trying to figure out the problem.
Overall, the experience was great. Despite waking up at 2:30 AM to go live at 4:45 AM, I felt great the entire time. I wanted to add a side note about my health:
I recently was placed on medication and that was a bit of a wake-up call for me. Since April 5th, I’ve lost 10 pounds, feeling better and trending in the right direction. I mention this because this was the first time in a long time that I felt physically comfortable wearing dress clothes. I usually hate wearing my blazer but I could have kept it on all day. Don’t be shocked when I get a summer bod y’all.
I believe if you work hard enough, someone will notice it and that’s what I feel has been happening, especially in the past year. I now write for multiple publications a week because I have a lot to say and I want to change the cultural and political environment.
By the end of this week, I’ll have 5 articles published in 4 publications (2 NY Post articles, Newsweek, Human Events, and Epoch Times) and I plan to keep this up or even add more publications to the list.
I once worked with a really smart man who told me “You should always be a little afraid that you’ll lose your job”. He’s right about that. Because I take nothing for granted, I also don’t want to assume that someone will always want to hear what I have to say. I’m capitalizing on every opportunity like it could be my last.
Work hard. Expect nothing. Appreciate everything.