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.

  • Annie Shultz

    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!

  • Nicole @MTDLBlog

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

  • Cheryl

    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.

  • Parentella

    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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  • Sami Cone

    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

  • Sunset Locksmith

    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