I hate doing these posts, because it’s so sad when we lose someone tragically and unexpectedly. But I feel it’s important to share how genuinely nice Kobe Bryant was, to take time out to talk with me, a kid reporter in an ocean of media. The 2007 premiere for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End was a HUGE red carpet at Disneyland, and a lot of stars only stopped to chat with the larger outlets. After all, there WERE hundreds of press organizations there. Kobe Bryant, a big star who was just there to enjoy a day out with his family and didn’t have an entertainment project to promote, gave me a few moments of his time. And the interview was a family affair at that – his wife, Vanessa, and daughter, Natalia, are right there on camera with him.

I was 10, and he didn’t treat me like I was “just a kid.” And yet he was patient. I really appreciate that.

MetroVac
I enjoyed speaking with Ken Stern from MetroVac on the show floor at CES 2020. They have a product we could definitely put to good use, and we’re looking forward to trying it!

Stay tuned as we add more videos from CES 2020.

This is a collection of interviews with Booboo (and sisters Fivel and Sage) between 2008 and 2011. Some of them have never been seen before. It was always fun talking with Booboo and his family. Enjoy this blast from the past!

It was fun talking to the stars on the orange carpet at 2019 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports. From a seasoned NFL player-turned-broadcaster, to an up-and-coming soccer star, plus an actor thrown in the mix – there was a great variety of celebrities in attendance.

It was fun chatting with Mike about why he started this event, and hearing from the celebrity participants about why they decided to take part in the tournament benefiting Standing United.

I interviewed Cameron twice – in 2011 at the red carpet for Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer and in 2015 during a set visit to Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything. It was amazing to see him grow in the years between – not just in height, but as an actor and as a person. I’m so glad I had a chance to meet him and watch him become the wonderful artist and human being that he was.

I enjoyed meeting some of the cast and filmmakers of Isn’t It Romantic, at the pink carpet held in downtown Los Angeles. Adam Devine was really fun to talk with, and I loved meeting up with one of my favorite interview subjects from quite a long time ago!

We made our annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for the largest consumer electronics show on the planet. Here’s what we saw at CES 2019…

I enjoyed talking to the stars and filmmakers on the icy blue carpet at the SmallFoot premiere in Westwood, California.

NEW Interview Like the Pros workshop for ages 9 and up will be held August 18th and 19th. This is a two-part workshop, with instruction on the 18th and on-camera experience on the 19th. Kids must attend the 18th to do the hands-on portion the 19th. Registration is required in advance. Register here OR purchase your child’s ticket for this workshop now. See below for more details about this 2-day workshop.

Please note: This workshop was originally scheduled for August 12th and 19th, but was changed to August 18th and 19th, due to the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore.

Young broadcaster, Jennifer Smart, brings her years of experience interviewing hundreds of celebrities and industry insiders, to kids and teens in Lake Elsinore.

Participants ages 9 and up are invited to “Interview Like the Pros” in this two-part workshop, August 18th and 19th. On the 18th, Jennifer and her team will instruct kids on skills and tips for three different interviewing scenarios – red carpet, sit-down/junket, and band/music festival. On the 19th, attendees will practice these skills in the three scenarios, interviewing special guests on-camera. Participants MUST complete the instruction portion on the 18th before attending the hands-on portion on the 19th.

“When interviewing someone, you may not have a lot of time and you need to think of the best question to ask, or you may want to elaborate on what they said in your previous question. Every interview is different, and the things I learned through interviewing come in handy in the rest of my life, too – like prioritizing and remaining calm,” Jennifer shares.

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This workshop is run by the nonprofit Jennifer Smart Foundation, and takes place at the Find Your Voice Center, located in the Outlets at Lake Elsinore. More information can be found at FYVcenter.org. Pre-registration online is required, as space is limited. The cost of this two-day workshop is $99. A limited number of scholarships may be available. To sponsor a child for this or any workshop, please contact info@fyvcenter.org.