Having grown up in the 90s talk show era of Oprah, Phil Donahue, and Ricki Lake, I always knew I wanted to interview people, offer advice, and solve problems (in 43 minutes or less). Since I lived in Newcastle Australia being a nationally syndicated TV talk show host wasn’t within my grasp so I set my goal on something far more ‘realistic’ simply to work in Hollywood (at least I could get close to the action, right).
I scored a place in the Video Production program at Ohio University and within a year was interning at Miramax in Los Angeles. I also scored a job interviewing celebrities at movie premieres. Great! I checked off goal number one off the list. Interview celebrities.
John Travolta, Kim Basinger, Chris Hemsworth, and Joaquin Phoenix are just a few of the interviews I did. I continued my way up the entertainment industry ladder and also spent a year at Miramax International in London (during the Bridget Jones era) before heading back to Australia to take on a role at a Sydney-based talent agency.
I still hadn’t hit my goal of being a talk show host so I applied to the national broadcast school, The Australian Film Television and Radio School. They accept 10 people a year into the commercial radio broadcasting program…and I got in! Soon after graduation I finally had my own syndicated radio show and broadcast across 22 regional stations where I took calls, offered advice, and played love songs at night. For 3 years it was the perfect gig, but I had unfinished business with Los Angeles so moved back to Hollywood and got involved with my new love interest, podcasting. But that’s a whole other story. What you really want to hear about is the 220lb/ 100kg weight loss, right? Great! That’s up next.