|I preferred the blue throne.
|Eva preferred the pink one!
As we had to be in Peterborough by 10am, it meant an early start (setting off at 7am). However once we arrived, we were treated like royalty - starting with the amazing thrones in reception which are there for any suppliers which visit Hochanda.
|In the green room. Kirsty has a sense of humour and so does Jamie!
We were the first to arrive and were therefore in group 1 (of 6); that turned out to be a great choice as we were later shown around by Jamie Martin the CEO himself and therefore were able to have any question answered really honestly by someone who really knows the ins and outs of the business. Kirsty Goodwill, one of the talented Claritystamp design team members, was also in our group and I am really looking forward to seeing her samples on the Clarity shows over the next few days.
|Matt MacNamara made time for a chat!
|Alex Turchyn found time for a photo opp. between shows.
|Director (in front); Producer (behind)
|The screens show the guest/presenter what's live and what the next shot will be!
|Waiting to be sure that the promo has started; no longer live!
|Moving the cameras past other sets ready to go!
|Can't get enough of those thrones LOL!
The biggest highlight of the day was totally unexpected. Hochanda are intending to branch out to Germany and my friend Eva who is German joked about a job. She was immediately offered the chance at a screen test. The choice was, go home, prepare a demo and come back another day, or use some products that they had available, put together a demo and go into the studio an hour later when there was a repeat showing to do the screen test there and then. That was a no brainer! Between us, we came up with an idea for a demo with the products that were made available and with no time to get too nervous Eva was in front of the camera. The first part (the demo) was done in English with Matt presenting; followed by Eva on talk back presenting the products in German. I was so proud of how she did and really look forward to hearing the response. My only regret is that my camera died,so I had no opportunity to get a shot of her in the studio or on TV in the gallery. Good luck Eva- I hope I get to say that I know a German crafting TV personality one day!