Behind the TV Career Scenes: Interview with Amy Lutz
This week, WSYX 6 & Fox 28's Amy Lutz stopped on by the Ohio Center for Broadcasting Columbus campus to speak with students and grant us a lil' interview so we could pass on her super pro advice to those of you interested in a career in television.
Shortly after she left campus, we tweeted this video under our #BeOnAir hashtag, but then figured, you might want to read a little too, eh? People still do that, right?
Anyway, interview below.
OCB: What’s your best trick to a great on camera performance?
AL: I think that the easiest way to have a good on camera performance is just to be in it! You have to be so involved in what you’re saying and know what you’re saying, so that when you know the emotion you understand the story. Understanding the story helps you deliver the story the way it needs to be.
OCB: Best advice to someone wanting to get started in this Industry?
AL: Don’t give up. Don’t give up at all! I was ready to go back to school to be a teacher, filling out applications to go back to school and something popped up! You just can’t give up! You have to be determined to not let it get you.
OCB: Have a most embarrassing moment?
AL: I am always falling all over the place! I fell off my box once, it’s on you tube, terribly embarrassing, on live TV. I think one of the more recent ones… I was doing a cooking segment when the vent had stopped working. The chef was making some kind of pepper something. So all of a sudden I got pepper right in my face. So he essentially pepper sprayed me on the air. I couldn’t talk or breathe! I was choking, so I had to flag someone to come over, so that was pretty embarrassing even though there was nothing you could do about it.
OCB: Describe a day in the life of Amy Lutz?
AL: It starts pretty early. Some days I get up and work out before I go to work because if I don’t before, it’s harder to do it after. So on those days it’s 2am, I get up then go work out. I get ready and go to work around 3:45am. I start reading through my scripts I get my hair and makeup done then were on set at 4:30am. Tape a show from 4:30am to 5:30am then we are on the air from 5:00am-9:00am.
I get my first bathroom break at 8:25am, which is really exciting, after all those cups of coffee. At nine we finish and we post. So we meet every day, go over the stories and issues we had and then talk about the next day then were done usually about 10:00am/10:15am. Then I go immediately up stairs to work on Good Day at Noon so I am done there an hr later then on the set doing the noon from 12 to 1. After that we tape promo’s so I am usually home around 1:15pm/1:30pm, run or take a nap, then I get up and run again!..Then I go to bed at 6:30pm… So it really doesn’t change a whole lot; I am very scheduled oriented.
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