The 41-year-old is a TV presenter, author, and panelist on Sky News’s The Pledge. Her first book, Diversify, is out now (HarperCollins, £18.99).
1997 MESSES UP DREAM INTERVIEW
I’d always wanted to be a TV presenter, but I didn’t start out as one. When I was 19 years old, I was working in music at BMG & Arista Records and got the chance to audition to host a new MTV show. I got home late the night before, so decided to wake up early to read the script they’d sent me.
But I overslept. I woke up half an hour before I had to leave. I nearly bottled it, but a friend changed my mind. I even signed a different name in the visitors’ book – if I was bad, I didn’t want anyone to know. I felt as if I’d failed as I hadn’t prepared for the opportunity of a lifetime.
Then I got the call: I was invited back for the next round. I was so glad I didn’t bail. Sometimes you have to step into a problem – it might just work out.
2008 PERSONAL PROJECT COLLAPSES
I left T4 in 2007. The year after, I set up a website for women called Politics And The City, mixing topical issues with fashion and beauty. At first, it did really well: it got lots of press and advertisers were calling. I had a really cool editorial team including Ronnie Wood’s wife, Sally. Then, after six mo