Good Morning America co-host Lara Spencer took center stage at WOTC East and discussed her ups and downs in the TV news business and how she used her passion for flea markets to become the "Martha Stewart of Junk."
What was your experience like in that newsroom?
Talk about the difference between men and women, sometimes it's not positive. Something I would really like to see changed is that I would ask every reporter if I could go out and follow them on stories, and let me tell you, way more men than women [said yes]. And it still happens all the time, the business is so cutthroat that women look over and they feel threatened. No, It takes a village. I will never forget that. Who knows what their motivations were. I don't have a #metoo story there, although there are many in my business, as you all know. Thankfully by the time the sales department had it with me, because I was always missing, I took a job at WDEF Chattanooga after about a year. I worked there as a one-man band.
So tell me about that, because that's a great story.
I was like, what do I need? Cymbals? A drum? What is this one-man band you speak of? A one-man band in the news business is someone who is a reporter who knows how to operate a camera, is able to drive the news van, shoot the story, write it, and then go back and edit it. I knew how to do not one of those three things. And yet, I applied. I dove off the cliff. I took a chance.
My mom always said fake it until you make it. I thank her every single day for that. Perception is reality. I did fake it. I was about to not make it. But what I did was I remained open to learning. I went after work every night and befriended the camera men and one woman, who was amazing by the way. I will never forget her. I learned how to operate that camera. I'm glad I took that risk, because truthfully knowing how to shoot and edit, and to record and all of those things makes me a better colleague, makes me more understanding of the crew every morning on Good Morning America and the pressure that they're under. It was the greatest gift of my career, though I would not have said it then.