Fashion Bloggers TV

What It Feels Like To Be On TV: Part 2

Written by: Zanita Whittington

Season 2 of Fashion Bloggers airs in just two days – and I’m so excited about this season because everything really is bigger and bolder than ever. I’ve been wanting to share more of what we’ve been up to this season but I don’t really want to give too much away!  Instead I thought I’d share a little more about the experience of actually being part of it, the filming and all the attention.

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 9.33.57 amIn some ways, being part of the show has felt like a really natural progression from being a Fashion Blogger. Myself and the cast members already had various press engagements and moments of being in the spotlight with the various jobs and collaborations we were involved in. It’s a good time to be in this industry in Australia because it’s all very new and people are excited about it, we are receiving a lot of support. In Fashion Bloggers, we are really just sharing what we do in the same way as it happens through our blogs and social media – it’s just that this time – we’re being followed by cameras.

You have to be very ready to share yourself when your staring down the lens of a camera for reality tv.

Sometimes I would be torn between the person I think the industry would be interested in or the person I think would be interesting for everyone. We all seek approval, we all adapt to the idea of what we think others will like at some point. It was a lesson I learnt during my modelling career that being your most genuine self will always lead to a happier life – so I endeavour to be that person (me!) when the cameras are on. It’s a lot more fun this way! The team, meaning the producers and the camera crew, also connect and communicate better when everyone is just being themselves.
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So is it really REALITY? A resounding yes. All the stuff that happens on the show is our lives and what’s going on within them. It’s a genuinely accurate presentation, the only difference is – in real life – you don’t run off to a camera and explain what’s going down. We aren’t all shooting every day, so it’s snippets of life too – the rest of the stuff goes up with filters on sites and social.Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 9.35.27 am

Seeing myself on the TV is the weirdest thing. I remember watching the first episode of the first season with most of the team and crying because I felt so proud of the girls for everything they have achieved. I loved seeing them from the show’s perspective! As the season progressed, I felt like watching myself was a bit cringe-worthy, I did see all the episodes but was pretty consistently face palming, thinking I could have explained things better or perhaps been (alot) less of a goofball.

With our blogs, we have become accustomed to being able to control all the output, as in – we determine exactly what our personal brands are. With the show – all of that is out the window because as a cast, we don’t decide what goes into each episode. The truth of it is, if we DID get to decide what went in every episode, it would all be very guarded and boring… or in my case, it would be just one long blooper reel because I’m very much the class clown.  We are super grateful – our producers Pip and Bec know us all really well and know exactly what to share with all of you for the series to highlight what life is REALLY like as a full time Fashion Blogger.

So the fame thing? I still maintain that I’m very much not a famous person, it’s not super common for me to be recognised on the street and I don’t think people know who I am when I go to events. The idea that we might become pretty famous is kinda terrifying! On the flipside, becoming better known is representative on our businesses becoming more successful so it’s a case of taking the good with the bad. Either way, being part of Fashion Bloggers is a huge adventure and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 9.34.29 amCan’t wait to hear what you guys think of the season! And apologies to those who are unable to view it, it’s really out of my hands. One day maybe it’ll be available to view online but until then – it’s exclusively on E! (in around 120 countries).

Thanks again for all your support!

If you’re an Aussie – you can see the premiere episode for Season 2 on Thursday night, 9.30pm.  You’re gonna love it! 🙂