My 15 seconds of fame

Yesterday morning I got a call from Derek, the Director of Localise who I’ve been working alongside for the Sophia House youth room project. He called to say RTE News would be dropping by Sophia House to film a snippet for the 6 o’clock news … And they wanted me there. In 1.5 hours. Um, WHAT. 
Did I mention I had been meaning to dye my hair for about 2 weeks? I had serious skunk roots* going on. Dye hair. Find a tv-appropriate outfit. Loose 30lbs. Get on location. In 1.5 hours. Challenge accepted.

Possibly the weirdest thing I’ve witnessed to date. My big white face on the TV, moving, and making sounds. Weirdest ever. {p.s. for clarification sake, I’m not a student from Notre Dame / the States. It sounded a bit like they were including me in that statement, and as much as I’d like to think I resemble that of a 19 year old, I’m not. I’m sure my botched Canadian accent didn’t help either. I’m just the designer.}

So, you know that saying … 

every day do something that scares you

… well you can be sure I was royally bricking it and met my scare quota for the day. It was a very exciting experience, but terrifying at the same time. As for the next time? Bring it. xx A
*Skunk roots – when people who naturally have very light hair, like myself {ie – blonde}, but choose to dye it a much darker hue. When my hair then grows out, it reveals my natural roots, and I closely resemble that of a skunk along my hair parting. Not so fetching. 

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  1. November 12, 2013 / 13:45

    Well done Alex – you sounded great and the space looks cool!

    • November 14, 2013 / 21:15

      Thanks Aisling! You don't see much in the video, which is good 'cause the final reveal will be so much more awesome.

  2. Barb_in_GA
    November 12, 2013 / 13:56

    Well done, you!! Hearing your lovely voice was a treat. Can't wait to see the finished product — will you be posting pics?

    • November 14, 2013 / 21:18

      HELL YES! I can't wait to take the final pics and share them. There are still some minor details to attack before the big revel on the 28th 🙂

  3. November 12, 2013 / 18:26

    This is so exciting!!!! I feel like I'm witnessing your career rocketing before my eyes! Amazing projects, TV appearances… you were really good – I'd have probably started giggling or spouting gibberish, or both! Congrats – really pleased for you xx

    • November 14, 2013 / 21:21

      What you don't see / hear Maria is me asking the camera man if he can see all the cat hair on my top. Or pointing out how uneven my fringe is. When I'm nervous I tell 'Chandler jokes'.

      p.s. You're so sweet.

  4. MissKimberlina
    November 12, 2013 / 22:00

    Can I have an autograph please?! Well done you x

  5. November 16, 2013 / 21:22

    Alex, what can I say… This is an amazing project that you have really put your heart and soul into – you deserve to be up there on the telly! Well done and well deserved!

    • November 20, 2013 / 08:38

      Thank you Holly! It really has become my baby these past few weeks. Molly-coddling and all 😉

      Can't wait for the big reveal next Thursday. Eeep!

  6. November 23, 2013 / 15:30

    OMG, i finally got the chance to watch this on a computer that will let me (work computers block a lot). LOVED it. Great job. I enjoy the deconstructed triangle pattern, and the dripping wall is great as well!

    I loved your botched "Canadian" accent too. But then, I might be a bit biased in that. Ha! It did have a lovely mild Irish lilt to it, though.

    • November 25, 2013 / 13:57

      Thanks Patricia. The grande opening is this Thursday, and I'll be blogging all about it on Friday. I really cannot wait.

      And yeah, my accent is kinda all over the shop. It really depends on who I'm talking to. It ebbs and flows depending.

    • November 26, 2013 / 19:21

      Okay, this will make you laugh then:
      When I lived in London, I worked at a restaurant called fish! in Borough Market. While there I picked up an accent. Okay, maybe not an accent, but rather, inflections?
      Anyway, after I moved back here, a customer of mine asked my Irish coworker/friend "where did the Irish bartender go?" to which he replied "She went back to CANADA where she is from".

      Even now, if I talk to one of my friends in London, i get off of the phone sounding cray-cray. Not English, not Irish, not Canadian, just total crazy.

    • November 27, 2013 / 17:30

      This made me laugh. I don't know if my accent changes much (although, I can't be a good judge of that), but depending on who I'm talking to, I become much more conscious of how I talk.

      I have noticed when I'm really mad and ranting on about something, my hidden thick dirty Irish accent comes out. It's really very attractive.