My National TV Debut: Red Carpet ACM Correspondent

We are just going to go right ahead and call this a ‘PINCH-ME-LIFE-MOMENT’.  I shared with you a few months ago that I experienced what amounts to a ‘dream come true’ when I was given the opportunity to work as a correspondent on the Red Carpet at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.

It was everything I imagined it would be.  I was both giddy and awestruck.  I wasn’t merely thrilled because I was stepping my four-inch heels onto an actual red carpet.  It wasn’t that I was given the opportunity to play ‘dress-up’, chose a dress I wish I could wear every day, or that I would love to take those hair and make up stylists home to live with me (I do).  It wasn’t that I would be surrounded by ‘celebrities’.

And while I adore country music deep in my soul, it wasn’t just that. (I *may* have told Clay Walker that he was the reason I fell in love with country music 20 years ago… and he *may* have told me that was the best thing anyone has ever said to him).

I was petrified, I was a ball of nerves and energy.  I was positive it would be obvious this was my first time here. But, I took a deep breath and forced myself to believe.  I refused to think I had found myself here, in this moment, based on luck.

This is what I have always felt in my soul I was supposed to do…. the interviewing, the video work, the story-telling. I was in my element.  And topping it off – the beauty of an amazing cause – Child Hunger Ends Here.  Each interview I did was better than the last.  With each artist, I found the tension easing… I fell into the skill set I know I possess. I wanted to hear the story.  So, I asked the questions.  And, they answered.

I love this work.

Why am I sharing this with you today, months after the fact?  Today, I was given a gift: the copy of the video here in this post.  It is a copy of a segment that aired on Better TV.  A similar one aired on The Daily Buzz and another on Daytime TV.  All three shows are nationally syndicated.  This is the first time I have seen them.  And this is the first time I have ever appeared on a national show as a correspondent.

I’ve been interviewed as a guest. I’ve done many segments as portions of newscasts. And I’ve reported and anchored on a local level. But this is the first time I’ve appeared in this capacity. And I am proud of it.

Thank you for sharing this small bit of joy with me.

  • I am squealing with you!! Oh that was phenomenal!! I am so very proud of you Danielle! (I know I already said that when this first happened, but I just had to say it again after seeing this clip!)

  • Danielle Smith

    Annie – you truly are such a treasure!  Thank you for being such a constant source of encouragement and support.  I am so grateful.  I know this didn’t happen yesterday, but since this was the first time I had seen it, it almost felt like it!

  • Amy

    This is so awesome! I’m squealing for you over here!

  • So exciting Danielle! You are such a natural. There is no way I could ever be so calm and collected…. :-) Well done!

  • you rocked it Danielle!! but then, I’d expect nothing less from you!!  GREAT job!

  • J.R.

    WOW!!!   I love this site D’lla.  So very proud of you my friend.  J.R.

  • That is awesome. I am so proud of you. :)

  • Danielle Smith

    You make me so happy – thank you for this!  THANK YOU for squealing right along with me!

  • Danielle Smith

    Oh Nicole – you absolutely would be just as calm!  Thank you for being so kind – I so appreciate it!

  • Danielle Smith

    So grateful, Cheryl!  I truly had the time of my life and it is so amazing to see the finished product like this! THANK YOU!

  • Danielle Smith

    Oh my friend – I so appreciate you :)  

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  • Just getting to see this Danielle, so proud of you! Not only do you have poise and class, but you have such a heart behind all you do. Keep it up lady! xoxo

  • It seems that you have unlocked your true potential at that event. You were not afraid to break free and you did something out of the ordinary. great job