I should stick to writing


And there I was: doe eyed, mic in hand, looking straight into the spotlight, the camera pointed straight at me, words coming out of my mouth in a baffled slur before I could even think about what I was saying.

Welcome to my nightmare, the worse experience of my life.

Okay let me fill you in. At uni I’m taking Sport Reporting as an elective and am loving it but my limit was pretty much tested when i failed at a live cross report.

Basically the media room was like walking onto the set of channel ten: lights, the camera, the backdrop – I was intimidated as soon as i walked into the room.

I stood on the marker and saw myself projected on the TV screen in front of me, the backdrop looking very convincing behind me but let me tell you I do not look like i should be on TV!

It took about three minutes for me to get the microphone placement right. Who knew it was so hard to hold a microphone!

Then the stage was mine.

-“And now we cross to Danielle Eid outside the MCG for the game details.”

I started off okay…okay being the first 20 seconds and that’s about all that went well.

Look up nervous in the dictionary and next to it there should be a photo of me attempting to get through a live cross report. You would think i would be prepared for this, three years of debating in high school, four years of drama classes- nothing, nada, zip! No help whatsoever!

I went blank and in fear of silence I starting saying things that didn’t make any sense. Great, just GREAT!

My lecturer was encouraging and tried to get me back into a rhythm but I was a goner; lost ideas, mind M.I.A and speech I couldn’t even annunciate what I was saying properly.

If I could have frozen time and done a runner I would have, anything to get out of that spotlight, and this was just a rehearsal! I still have to be assesed on this.

So if I end up doing a repeat of the rehearsal and the person to interview is Mick Malthouse, well…

I better just stick to writing.












About Danielle Eid

Im 23, cute and most importantly im the Collingwood Football Club's very own PRINCESS!! :) A Latrobe Uni graduate from Bachelor of Journalism. Admirer of Samantha Lane and Jon Ralph. Not your typical 'Robot Journalist' Loves Alex Fasolo


  1. Andrew Starkie says

    It’ll be allright on the night, Dani

  2. Danni – you learn more from a disaster than a success sometimes.

    Just make sure your fly is always up.

  3. Danni, talk to any sports reporter or stand up comedian and they’ll tell you of times that very thing has happened to them. It’s all part of the learning curve.

  4. Tony Robb says

    Danielle (that my parent tone) your an oyster. Never doubt youself girl

  5. Dani – Gigs is right. You’re never a pro until you’ve stuffed up many times.
    Back in ancient history (early 80’s) I wrote speeches for the Federal Health Minister. I had never had any public speaking experience personally. At short notice he asked me to go back to Adelaide (my home town) and give an update to the State Council of the ALP on the development of Medicare. I asked him what was involved, having never been to a State Council meeting. He said there would be about a dozen people (20 max) and I could give them a brief 5 minute update and then do informal Q&A. “Cruisy,” I thought and did my prep on the back of a beer coaster.
    In the interim Gareth Evans let the CIA use Pine Gap to spy on the Greek socialist government. Half the SA ALP was Greek in the 80’s (early branch stacking). When I turned up there were 200 people and the room was abuzz. I tried to gather myself, while the audience ignored what was happening on the stage until the Greek agenda item came on. They were all swapping dolmades recipes and fishing spots.
    When I was called, I started to talk and then completely froze. With the background mutter of the Council meeting suddenly halted, the Greeks all shut up and turned to see what was happening. Nothing except me with my jaw stuttering, and no sound emerging. I can remember thinking “say anything, say Mary had a little lamb”. I think I did, or something equally nonsensical. It got me going and I babbled incoherently for a couple of minutes, and then fled in mortified shame.
    Result – preparation, preparation, preparation. For years after I never went on stage without having written my full presentation in longhand. It was my safety net. Once I had written it, the words were somehow imprinted in my brain and I could regurgitate them without having to refer to them most of the time. If I lost my place, they were always there to save me.
    I became a good public presenter, but I still always did the full preparation. I could extemporise to dot point highlights, so long as I had a base in my head written long hand in prep.
    I always remember the preface to one of Michael Jordan’s books he attribute to his College Basketball coach. “Good judgement requires experience. Experience requires bad judgement.”
    I am shooting for the Nobel Prize in bad judgement. I have a life long list of ‘what not to do’ in my next life (I hope the Dalai Lama is on the money, but I don’t come back as a cockroach).
    Hope this helps. Time for you to get back on the horse. You’ll be great.

  6. Richard Naco says



    The first time you ever tried to walk, you fell down. Not knowing better, you pulled yourself to your feet using the couch, a chair or Uncle George’s right leg, tottered a couple of steps and plpped down somewhat inelegantly onto your backside again.

    The first time you tried to swim, you splashed a lot and inevitably swallowed a lot of chlorinated (or salt) water. You probably can swim better now, and you certainly know not to breath or try to talk underwater.

    The first time we attempt something new, we inevitably fail. And the next several times. But the key is to keep having a crack, to not submit to any fear of failure and to just forge ahead. You have to set your mind to knowing that time and practise at staring down the barrel of a camera will, in comparatively no time (although Max Rooke knows it doesn’t seem like “no time” when you’re enduring it) become second nature.

    Sports reporting needs social inclusion to be relevant to today’s Australia. So we need to significantly up the ante in terms of the numbers of non-blokes from non-European backgrounds in the profession, in the public eye. What we need are knowledgable enthusiastic journalists who want to share this manifestation of their passions with their viewers (and readers).

    We can’t have too many Amanda Shalala’s, Leila Guruwiwi’s or Danni Eid’s on our screens.

  7. Thanks for the support eveyrone, i still can’t believe
    i managed ot stuff up so badly :/ but you’re all right i just need to kinda forget
    it happend and fix it for next time. (heres hoping next time won’t be as traumatic!)

    Richard- Funny thing;
    when i first started walking i mangaged to walk all the way from one couch to another
    and heres a shocker, i can’t swim! which isnt too bad since i hate the beach anyway lol

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