I spent the majority of my childhood halfway avoiding cameras. That was way back when photos weren't digital and you had to pay money to develop the film. You would get the photos weeks later and see how awkward you were standing, or maybe you sneezed mid-flash...or maybe it actually turned out good! Always a surprise....
I only think of this memory because now the camera is out of my control again, much like before the digital age. And not to mention, there are hundreds of people on the other end - watching, listening.
If you find yourself wringing your hands from stress just thinking about it - here is your reminder to relax. Release your shoulders from your ears, unclench your jaw, and remove your tongue from the roof of your mouth. Take a deep breath in for 5 seconds, exhale for 5 seconds.
I am here to testify that you will survive!
Breaking into the media as a dietitian has been nothing short of incredible. Every single experience lends knowledge and skills that will prove invaluable as a healthcare professional. You see, my knowledge of food is seemingly endless - but if the words won't come out of my mouth, then they will never help anyone.
Learning to communicate effectively, both verbally and non-verbally, is a skill set never fully polished. There will always be more to learn, more room to grow, and more challenges to overcome.
Let's see how I did.....after MONTHS of training!
A collection of stories related to my work as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with The Dairy Alliance. Views are my own.