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4 Sep

Following The Dream – My Interview on ABC 5

Two years ago I would have never thought that I would be going on a TV station sharing my journey throughout my college years. This dream came true last Thursday, my second week of senior year, when I got interviewed on ABC 5 about my best selling book, Enrolling in Confidence: How To Live The Lifestyle You Want In College.

A lot of people, including myself, were amazed that I actually got the opportunity to share my story with thousands of people. They asked me, “How did you do it?”

It was actually a couple weeks back when I was randomly doing some work and I decided that I wanted to send some cold emails to TV stations. One of my main goals in life was to go on TV and share my message with the world so I decided to start taking action to do so. I sent cold emails for about an hour or so and then went back to doing the work that I was doing.

Hours went by.

Days went by.

Weeks went by. And I hadn’t gotten a response back.

At least I tried right?

Then one random day a couple weeks later I got a response back from ABC 5 saying “Can you come in next week?”, I about lost it. I was so overjoyed because I honestly didn’t think I was going to hear back because I had followed up and didn’t get an immediate response. What surprised me even more was that they didn’t ask any further questions, they just wanted to set up a time for me to come in and talk.

I had so many emotions going through me because I was going to go on live TV and I had never done that before. I was scared, nervous, anxious, happy, excited, all at once because I had so much I wanted to say on TV but I found out I only had 2.5 minutes to go live. At first I thought that was super short, but I asked Brandon who had been on TV numerous times and he said it was normal.

Before I went in to do my live segment I probably had rehearsed what I was going to say well over 50 times because I didn’t want to mess it up. When it came time to actually go live on set, it felt so unreal and I knocked it out of the park! It went by super fast, but I was extremely happy about the opportunity of me sharing my story with thousands of viewers.

The real reason why I got on TV and how you can too, is because I told a great story. When I was sending out cold emails I didn’t bluntly ask to come on TV because I wanted publicity for my book. I laid out my story and why I would be a good fit for the viewers on the station that I was pitching to. I didn’t flat out say I wanted to promote my book, I wanted to share tips and strategies I use on a daily basis in order to be a balanced college student. They saw the value I could bring, which is why they invited me to come on to do a segment.

It was probably one of the most nerve-racking things I have done in my lifetime because I was well out of my comfort zone when I did it. However, it was also one of the most rewarding things that I have done because now that I have one under my belt, the rest becomes so much easier!

Sabah Ali


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Sabah Ali

Sabah Ali is a college student, entrepreneur, best selling author, podcast host, blogger, and featured speaker. She is also an entrepreneur who has been making an impact on many college students lives. Sabah is the Founder and Co-Host of the podcast show Dorm Rooms to Conference Rooms. Every week the show focuses on business and lifestyle tips while being in college, as well as bringing on successful millennial entrepreneurs who share their journey on their road to success.