Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the horizon?
Where would you like to be five years from now?
After winning the lottery? On a beach somewhere. Really? Running my own freelance company – supplying interviews for my award-winning entertainment website.
Any advice for people getting started in your industry?
Intern, intern, intern and be willing to WORK HARD. So many young adults come in expecting to meet Brad Pitt and George Clooney after working for two days. Be open minded, offer your help in any way you can. The more initiative you put in, the better the opportunities. Be open to criticism and never burn bridges! Learn how to create, design, develop a website. There is no doubt in my mind that having that experience under your belt will be invaluable.
What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own?
There are some great entertainment websites like IMBD
Best interview you’ve ever had? Worst?
Worst: Chevy Chase for Christmas Vacation. Arrogant, pompous ass. Enough said. I’ll take Tommy Lee Jones any day.
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
You work to live, you don’t live to work.
What rule(s) do you live your life by?
Don’t get stressed out (ha ha). Family is my NUMBER one priority. And count to ten before responding to emails that piss me off.
What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros?
Please – I beg you – return my emails or phone calls. Even if you can’t help me out, just RESPOND!!!!
Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro? We love to hear about #wins.
As I mentioned above, I have been producing and conducting interviews for 25 years. There are still some PR folk that I have been working with for the same amount of time, so it’s a comfort zone because we know each other so well and know what to expect from each other.
The best PR pros (and YOU know who you are) are the ones who are honest with me. If they can’t accommodate a request, they are straight about it. No BS! The best PR pros are the one’s that will bend over backwards to help you out, call you back or return your emails. The best PR pros are the ones who understand what I need and know that I will do my very best to help them in return.
When someone asks me for my information (what’s your circulation, where does your stuff air, etc.) over and over again. I gave it to you already. Can’t you keep this information in a file? If anything changes I will make sure you get an update. Sheesh!
Haven’t really had the time lately to dig into a good book, but I’m just in the middle of Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and The Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller. Before that I finished reading ROOM.
Best place on earth?
In Mexico, on vacation with my family during Christmas break.
Tough one, but I think having Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino over for dinner would be amazing. Can you even begin to imagine the stories?
Wonder Woman. I can relate to her.
Google Sync, a great invention. And Blackberry Messenger.
Pool or ocean?
Voicemail or email?
Email. No doubt about it.