Awkward.Posted September 2nd, 2011 At 6:47 pm By MTV ASIA
A few months ago, I received my latest work’s schedule, unassumingly opened that mail and oh! I was going to host a big press conference attended by many really important people in the music industry. It was a serious-type conference and I had to do a formal style of hosting.
Firstly, I had never done hosting in a formal setting, and secondly, I didn’t even have a serious face! I had no poker face, at the time.
I watched news reporters on telly a few nights before the conference and tried to mimic them. That was the best example I could think of. That or lawyers at work. But I got bored of Law and Order episodes.
Well, the day came and I walked out on stage. Confident, poised, and ready to charm the audience with the skills I had acquired over the past few days of religious day time television watching. I walked out, said my good morning and right there, it all went downhill. The audience showed completely zero interest, and I got nervous and started to stumble over my words and soon enough I was walking off stage faster than I ran at my high school sports race! I ran backstage and my heart was beating so fast I am sure it missed a few beats. But it was not over. I had to go on at least 5 more times!
The next time was going to be better. I was sure of that. I had to announce a photo competition that was happening, sponsored by Getty Images. I bravely walked back out and announced “Has anyone heard about the JETTY image competition? Don’t forget everyone! There is a JETTY image competition going on, so don’t leave! This event is brought to you by JETTY images!”
I must have said Jetty a total of 3 times in that line. Maybe 4. My whole life, I have seen GETTY Images online, but never verbally said it out loud. I say Genevieve as “J”-envieve. And said GETTY as J-ETTY. Prior to that day, never before did I think I’d have to say Getty Images in a sentence, out loud, let alone in front of like 400 people, and the people from the company itself! Walking backstage, there were at least 4 people that corrected me. I also got an SMS from my colleague correcting me. There was a live twitter feed going on and someone tweeted “The MTV girl is cute and everything but someone should teach her how to pronounce Getty.” In my defense, I said that my name is Holly but a big number of people in this city call me Holy.
Throughout the day, everyone I met ended the conversation with “Oh and, by the way, it’s pronounced GET-TY images, darling.” By the time the 22nd person came by and offered their linguistic advice, I’d said “Oh, where I come from it’s pronounced a different way.” I was either seen as very ignorant, or potentially exotic. But either way, AWKWARD. Everyone I told since has said to me “What? You don’t know how to pronounce Getty?” Yes, indeed I did not. I live, I learn. In front of 400 people sometimes. C’est La Vie!
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