By Stephanie Ciccarelli
January 9, 2009
Did you watch the People's Choice Awards earlier this week?
If you did, I hope you were listening carefully!
Hillary Huber announced at the event and has shared her experience with us here at VOX Daily.
Today, I'm pleased to present you a glimpse into Hillary's experience, complete with pictures from the event and another chat.
VOX: What was it like announcing at the People's Choice Awards?
HILLARY HUBER: Narrating the People's Choice Awards was an exhilarating experience. It's fun to be part of such a huge production.
VOX: Can you paint a picture of what the atmosphere was like?
HH: It's a pretty crazy atmosphere. Hundreds and hundreds of people are involved from the catering and design crews, to grips and tech people, the production company, script folks, P.A.'s, ushers etc. etc. etc. Everyone has a job, and every job is important. It's amazing just how many pieces make up the puzzle. I don't know how they do it.
VOX: What was your most memorable moment?
HH: Well, I always like it when things go a bit awry. I like to see how people react and adjust. Kate Hudson was supposed to present the first award but she was stuck in traffic. We didn't find out until about 10 minutes before show time. I was impressed with how coolly the director and producer dealt with the situation. I would have panicked. There were a couple of other moments but I don't want to reveal TOO many dirty ropes and oily pulleys!
VOX: How would you describe being the voice of the awards show?
HH: It's pretty heady and exciting to think that you are responsible for moving things along and introducing all of those people. To know that your voice is not only being projected into the huge theatre but live on national television is sort of cool. I guess it's the threat of error that makes it so exciting.
VOX: What are 3 aspects that you feel define professional announcing at an event such as this?
HH: It's imperative to realize that you are just a cog in the wheel. Do your job and stay out of people's way. There is a lot of activity and a lot of stress and the last thing they want is a needy announcer whining that there are no green M&M's in their trailer. Second, stay focused. There is quite a bit of down time. Make sure you are where you should be, on time, ready to rock. Even during the show, there are big breaks between announcements and it's easy to get distracted and potentially miss a cue. Sometimes you have a P.A. to help you navigate the script, but sometimes it's just you. And finally, stay calm. It's just a show. Everyone makes mistakes, and if you make one, you have to move on and get through the rest of the show without allowing that to destroy your confidence. The audience will hear it!
VOX: Do you have any advice for those trying to get their foot in the door announcing at live events?
HH: Gosh I wish I did. This one kind of found me, and once that door was open, more shows crept their way in. We audition for them once in a blue moon at my agency. There are specific production companies that do live shows, and it might behoove talent to research some of them and see what they say... there are all kinds of live events - inaugurations, fashion shows, TV shows, conventions etc. Maybe they're not all as sexy as a big star studded Hollywood award show but hey, work is work!
VOX: How was the gala reception? Did you get to meet Ellen DeGeneres as you had hoped?
HH: I actually skipped the party and came home, EXHAUSTED. Pathetic, huh?
Photos courtesy of Hillary Huber
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