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Most of us know the feel­ing. You’re tired, stressed and gen­er­ally over it all when the door­bell rings to her­ald the ar­rival of din­ner guests. Slap­ping on a smile to wel­come them into your home, you find that what­ever had you oth­er­wise pre­oc­cu­pied melts away. I was re­minded of this syn­drome when Waleed Aly sat down to in­ter­view Car­rie Bick­more for Stel­lar and the two talked about main­tain­ing an out­wardly calm and up­beat de­meanour while at work, even on days when they are feel­ing any­thing but. Car­rie: There is some­thing that hap­pens when the cam­eras go on and the mic goes on that you just switch into that space... Waleed: Pete [ fel­low The Project co-host Peter Hel­liar] calls it Dr Show­biz. Car­rie: Does he? Waleed: Yeah, so when you’re feel­ing ill, just not well or some­thing... Car­rie: You just don’t no­tice it for the hour you’re on air? Waleed: You feel ter­ri­ble and the au­di­ence comes in, the lights go on and Dr Show­biz kicks in. Car­rie: [Laughs.] Dr Show­biz… Waleed: And you feel bet­ter. Car­rie: And then we just cry on the way home. Waleed: [Laughs.] Yeah, silently. Speak­ing of cry­ing, there were a few tears shed in what was an hon­est, warm and re­veal­ing in­ter­view to which Dr Show­biz was most cer­tainly not in­vited.

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