I recently had to sit for a photo shoot. We "TV personalities" must do such things from time to time.
I wore different outfits, stood in dozens of poses. I even did the cheesy JCPenney-style shot of me sitting in the grass throwing my head back in (fake) laughter.
And you know what?
I hated every second of it.
It's an odd thing about me.
On one hand, I can stand in front of a TV camera all day long and talk and talk and talk and talk. And talk and talk and talk...if you've ever watched one of my E! Online livestreams you get the picture.
Simply, I am comfortable on a camera. I get to move around, get to blab like I know what I am talking about. I can flail my hands to make my point , flash a grin, and occasionally raise my eyebrows with a certain flair to emphasize drama or importance. I have learned how to use my body's movements to "perform" my news presenting.
But I hate having my picture taken. Sitting for a photo requires the antithesis of on-camera physicality: You must freeze yourself.
Just the other day, I was telling my friend about my utter discomfort with Zoolander-esque photoshoots. And my friend, who obviously knows me well, replied: "It's because you can't sit still. You're always moving. You're like a shark."
Among the giant list of things I don't know much about is shark biology. But in a quick search-engine investigation I discovered that some species of sharks must always be in motion or they will die! Yes, sad but true story. These sharks, in order to get oxygen through their gills, must have water passing over them...or they asphyxiate.
So, I guess my friend is right: I am a shark. I live my life in constant motion, and I like it that way. But, hey, let's face it, being a shark seems a lot cooler than just being a self-conscious freakazoid.