Amanda Brunker: People need to stop saying I look fatter on tv
I'm in need of some help with a problem.
I probably need to get over myself, or most likely just lose weight, but people keep telling me how much younger and slimmer I look off the telly, and it's starting to get me down.
At the risk of writing a poor-me article, I'm going to fling myself into it. OK, so here it is.
I love meeting people. I spent my Tuesday talking to loads of women up at Tayto Park as I watched my sons being happily thrown about on thrilling rides. And on half-a-dozen occasions these other mammies mentioned that I sounded and looked a bit like Amanda Brunker.
Hiding (not) behind my disguise of no makeup, these lovely women all told me that I looked so much better in real life.
While I know these comments were meant in a positive way, they're kind of a double-edged sword.
I don't want to sound precious, but I've listened to years of this. People think they're giving you a compliment, but really all they're saying is: "You look really sh*t on the TV."
Essentially, that wouldn't be such a problem, but when the majority of your working life is spent on TV, it sort of is an issue. Well, for my ego anyway.
This week I've watched repeats of myself on RTE's Today Show doing celebrity interviews and on my old TV3 series Danger! Amanda at Work, the one on which I went out to sea.
I looked wretched on that, but I'd argue that few people could look pretty gutting fish after experiencing a 12-hour storm.
As a woman who doesn't have a filter, I'd hate to sensor free speech. That said, if everyone could ease up on telling me how terrible I look at work, it would be greatly appreciated.