The other day my sister and I decided we were going to do something different. I had never been to an audience taping or any kind of taping for that matter. We both signed up for the Family Feud on-camera audience taping with comedian host Steve Harvey and I must say it was quite the experience.
The taping took place at the Atlanta Civic Center in midtown. I really wanted to at least get a picture with my favorite comedian, Steve Harvey, but they didn’t allow you to have any cell phones or cameras, they couldn’t even be brought in the building period. So, the only thing I have to show for being there is my memories along with the ticket I printed out (below).
Since my sister and I are working on our whole “be on time” issues, we were there SUPER early. We go there two whole hours before our show time even started and we were told to come back closer to the actual show time. Anywho! Once it was our turn to be an audience member, we were super excited. I love the whole behind the scenes thing because you get to see just how everything works. The guy that was giving the audience members directions how when to clap, cheer, etc was hilarious and definitely kept us alive. He told us exactly when we were to clap, saw ahhhh, good answer and when to stand as Steve walked in.
During the commercial break, we got to ask Steve any questions we had burning inside. One lady asked Steve when was his next stand up comedy show and he told her that he was retiring from comedy for good and that his last show would be August 2nd in Las Vegas, which is already sold out. While answering her question, Steve said something that really touched me. He said:
“When God blesses you with so much, sometimes you have to give up things you really love. Stand up comedy is something that I really love because it has so much to do with the person I am today. But I want to be able to spend time with my family so I had to give up something and unfortunately stand up comedy was it. Of all the things I’ve done, radio show, TV show, etc, stand up comedy is what I loved most. But I have to give it up because sometimes you have to give up what you love the most so that you can go higher.”
I know Steve has no idea that his statement touched me the way it did. I have some things going on in my life right now that I have been battling with and somehow I felt like that was a message to me from God through Steve. It just put so many things into perspective for me as it relates to the direction of my career as an entrepreneur and business woman. I just took it as God was telling me something about giving up being comfortable and stepping out on faith, trusting Him and knowing that He has a purpose for my life and it will pan out just right.
Overall, I had a great time and really enjoyed Steve because he’s not only funny but he’s really laid back.
If you’re in the Atlanta area and want the opportunity to be an audience member, click HERE!
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