A day in the life of, Brittany Graham
words | Brooke Romney
Brittany Graham was a high school student when she decided on her life path. “My goal was to be the host of a lifestyle television show. People thought I was crazy and told me it would never happen. I knew I had to prove them wrong.” And prove them wrong she did.
At only 28, Brittany and her identical twin sister, Brooke, have spent the last year as Executive Producers and Hosts of Fox 13’s The Place in Salt Lake City, Utah. While achieving their goal at a young age has been incredible, it’s not all glamour, makeup, and celebrities. It is early mornings, research, and intense work days all accompanied by especially interesting people and a whole lot of fun. Join Brittany for a typical day in her crazy, busy life.
5:30: Wake up. I roll out of bed and head to the gym for an hour long pilates, barre, or high fitness work out. I love starting my day with exercise; it helps clear my head in the morning.
6:45: Get ready #1. I come home for a quick shower and head to the office with wet hair, no makeup, leggings and a t-shirt.
7:15: Begin the day. I arrive at work pretty early, check my email, and go over the show for the day.
7:45: Get ready #2. Now is the time I prepare my face, hair, and wardrobe for TV. I always keep everything I need in the studio.
8:30: Planning meeting. Before things get too busy, we assemble the team for a planning meeting where we go over the show. We discuss plans for the day and any last minute changes.
8:50: News segment. I take a few minutes to tape a quick segment for the morning news show.
8:55: Show prep. Guests begin to arrive, and we like to take some time to chat with them to make sure they are prepared and feeling comfortable. I then take a quick look in the mirror and make any last minute hair/makeup/outfit adjustments and do a microphone check.
9:30: Showtime. At 9:30 we start taping The Place. It doesn’t air until 1 pm, but we tape it as if it were live. It’s my favorite part of the day!
10:30: Goodbyes. After the show, we always thank our guests for joining us.
10:45: Meetings. As a group, we talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of the show we just taped, then roll right into the next day’s show and delegate and organize before we all get to work.
12: Location shoot. In the afternoon we usually head out for an “on location” shoot. Today, I will be at the Capitol Theater talking with Dancing with the Stars celebrities Witney Carson and Lindsay Arnold about their upcoming performance, Born and Raised.
3: Writing time. Each day I have to write a story or what we call a “package.” I go through the previous day’s shoots and write everything out, so it sounds great on television. I then do the voice overs and make sure it is ready to go for the next day.
4: Prep time. I check and reply to email, brainstorm ideas for future guests, research interesting things in the news and find fun stories to incorporate into future shows.
5-6: Wrap up. At the end of the day, I tie up any loose ends and head home.
6-9: Family time. I love my job, but I also love to be home. To wind down, my husband and I enjoy cooking together and eating together. After dinner, we love to play tennis or just spend time together.
10:30: Bedtime! I love to go to bed early, but I almost never get to close my eyes before 10:30.
If the hosting a lifestyle show sounds like your ideal job, here are a few words of wisdom from someone who made it to the top fast!
Ask for what you want. Don’t be shy about going after your dreams and don’t wait...there are so many things you can do as a teen to prepare for this type of career. For starters, see if there is an opportunity to job shadow someone in the business. After shadowing, try securing an internship. As a high school student, I was an intern at a news station, and it was an invaluable opportunity. In college, I majored in broadcast journalism but continued to get as much real-world experience as possible.
Don’t let doubt creep in. It is easy to doubt yourself, your experience or your qualifications, but don’t let that happen. Someone out there is doing your dream job, so why not you? You have to believe in yourself before anyone else will.