I knew that it was holding me back and it was eating me alive. I avoided it for years because I thought that my verbal strengths would ultimately outweigh my outward appearance but after almost 20 years in the game now, it was clear that I needed to do something. I went to school to become a meteorologist, I graduated college when I was 23 years old and I took a job for a small news channel in a town called Farmington, NM. The way this business worked was, you started in a small market and over the course of time, you moved onto other opportunities in larger markets when they became available. I was advised by several teachers in college that I needed to get my teeth fixed if I was serious about making it in this business. I didn’t really pay them any mind though because I felt like my spoken communication skills were far better than most but regardless, I feel like I’ve hit the glass ceiling and there’s nothing else I can really do at this point in my career except improve my appearance. I decided to look into cosmetic dentistry, I knew that I was much too old for braces and that the network wouldn’t be very fond of the idea anyway. I needed to find a practical, pragmatic solution that wasn’t going to interfere with my daily life or my career. I’d heard of Invisalign before but wasn’t sure if it was going to get me the results I wanted as quickly as I wanted them so I was thinking that I’d probably want some veneers. I wasn’t ready to top out yet, I’d only made it to Omaha and I was thinking that I wanted to end my career in Los Angeles so it was obvious that I had a lot of work to do. Maybe a new set of veneers would be the catalyst I needed to reinvigorate myself with the motivation and determination I had when I was a young man. I had a long ladder to climb and I felt like I was only halfway there and these veneers were going to be the reason that I began to climb again, I just knew it.
Work was typical, I put on my suit and read the cue cards like I did every, single day. I was actually looking forward to seeing the dentist at the end of the day so we could determine what my options were. I wasn’t sure if I was the best candidate for veneers because I had no clue what the criteria was. I just hoped that there wasn’t an extensive amount of work that needed to be done before they were actually able to install the veneers. I talked to my boss about it earlier in the week and she was very happy that I had decided to look into it because HD television these days seemed to magnify every little imperfection like it never has before.
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