It’s sometimes hard to remember when you’re starting out that it takes time to become really good at what you’re doing. You might feel lacking in light of the talent and polish you see in those around you, but it’s worth remembering that talent usually isn’t innate, but the product of years of hard work.
Even for someone like Danny Boome, whose outsized personality earned him a contract to host a TV show — a role he wasn’t even seeking at the time — it took years to figure out how to effectively wield that personality on television. Now a seasoned veteran of shows like Food Network’s Rescue Chef and current host of Z Living’s Good Food America, Boome reflects on what it took to get him there.
When I started I didn’t really have the maturity. There’s no training for it. No one teaches you how to read the teleprompt, no one teaches you how to throw to the camera, no one teaches you how to manipulate the camera and also take a beat for the editor. There [are] technical production angles that take time. I didn’t realize what vehicle I was driving, and now over those 10 years, my knowledge base has grown. My maturity has grown. I think probably the last five years have been the best years of my television career.