first day and night hanging out with my Media Institute classmates and Janet Mock, 8:00 AM came way too soon this morning. It was time for us to start Day 2 of the GLAAD National POC Media Institute.
We were going to spend the day at a television studio getting professional makeovers and putting into practice what we learned yesterday in front of the unblinking eye of a HD camera.
Since I took the plunge and went first in class yesterday, I earned the opportunity to chill out, get made up by our makeup artist DeAngelo and his assistant, watch everybody else go through our individual interviews, and be constructively critiqued by Joel and our GLAAD team.
Note TransGriot readers, sometimes volunteering to go first pays off.
You know what they say about what happens when you're having fun, and the clock hitting 4 PM meant that Day 2 was over along with the GLAAD National POC Media Institute.
While I'm a little sad it's over, I did get to meet a few of my goals that I'd set before I came to this training. I wanted to get not only some experinece doing on-camera interviews, I also wanted to get as comfortable in front of a camera as I am in front of a radio microphone. I made some steps and progress in getting to that comfort level and I'm confident with time and repetition I'll eventually get there.
One of the other things that happened is I'm headed back to Texas with more friends and allies than I arrived with.
I also thank you New York rainbow community for showing me some love. That means a lot to me to know how much y'all appreciate what I do and my role as an elder statewoman in our trans community.
To you folks who are about to go through the LA Division of the GLAAD National POC Media Institute, you're about to have a wonderful experience. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did in New York.