I appreciate a good sense of humor, so I'm going to tell a funny story about how I ended up here at WSET.
Born and raised in Appomattox County, there's no surprise I ended up in Lynchburg. But how I ended up in journalism is a little more interesting.
It all started with a spring break - a boring spring break . My best friend Kenisha and I saw an advertisement, either on TV or online, to audition for the MTV reality show The Real World. So we said, "Hey, why not!"
We took turns sitting in front of a hand held camera, telling a little about ourselves - nothing crazy. We were just sitting and talking and making a few jokes. lol. We put the tape in the mail and the next thing you know, a call came in from Bunim and Murray Studios.
From there, I did a couple of interviews over the phone and a few weeks later got another call - I had made it to the semi-finals in D.C.
So I headed up to the Capitol for my first on-camera interview. That followed up with a call a few weeks later and an invite to the finals in Los Angeles! I was floored; I never thought I'd make it so far in the casting process.
Now, I know what you're thinking - it's reality TV. But, I was a young college student and to me the whole thing was pretty cool.
Before I knew it, I was boarding a plane to California.
For a moment, I felt like a star. They picked me up at the airport, drove me around Beverly Hills, put me up in a hotel and took me out to dinner before my final interview. Unfortunately, my reality TV moment didn't last long. I was back home for a few days when I got the last call that went a little something like this: "I'm sorry Sally, you didn't make the cut."
Now I'm not going to lie, I was disappointed. But I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and I believe that experience - in a roundabout way - is what got me in to TV news.
Before the Real World audition, I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. My first two years of college I just took a bunch of art, design and photography classes, but wasn't sure about a career path. The reality show audition experience opened my eyes to a career in television. Soon after, I decided communications would be my major, and after a few classes, I knew I'd found my niche. I got an internship at a local TV station, started taking some acting classes and loved it!
I think this experience goes to show you just never know where life will lead you. But, most importantly, it taught me a few life lessons: like, you never know, until you try; and being exploited on reality TV was not how I wanted to make my TV debut. I'm thankful that it wasn't.