My First Press Line

I consider these moments as growing moments. There’s a time when I have to rise above my shyness, interact with people and muster up some confidence.

As a pop culture reporter at KTST 89.5 fm, I covered the Newport Beach Film Festival. I learned to write reviews, correspond with filmmakers and get my writing out in front of the public.

Last Thursday, I got to attend my first real press line on behalf of the radio station. While it didn’t go perfect, I was able to get the job done. Good going, me.

The press line was for the Los Angeles premiere of the Obvious Child, written/directed by Gillian Robespierre and stars Jenny Slate (SNL) and Jake Lacy (The Office). When I was confirmed to be a part of the press line, I went over the list of people who would be attending the screening and started writing questions.

On the way to the event, I slowly started to psych myself out.

When I arrived, I got worried as I approved a packed press line and I didn’t want to be rude and squeeze in someplace. I’ll admit I started to panic. I hung back with the photographers. I was about to give up on getting any interviews, which would have been the worst result.

We waited about 30 minutes before anyone came, so I say outside the circle of photographer and heard them talking about Obamacare. I started to simmer at little, but one photography was kind enough to get me into the discussion. Then I was able to talk a little about the tough life of a photographer. “Hey, I’m one of the guys.”

Not knowing where to go, the photographers soon realized I only had an iPad for pictures. They did not take kindly to this, but I quickly explained that I was with “radio.” They immediately turned nice and told me where to go. Thank God for the kindness of strangers.

I was quickly directed to my spot on the red carpet…reserved for me, and away we go.  The publicist placed me between two television reporters.

My first interview opportunity was Nick Kroll. I did not know he was going to be there, and I had nothing prepared for him. Apparently, he was only talking to the high profile press, so bullet dodged.

Next up was Brett Gellman, another person I don’t know. I thought to myself, “This is my chance and if I’m going any interviews at all, do it now. Seize the moment, dammit!” I decided just to make it a quick one. I’ll post the interview soon.

So I got the interview and now I need to decompress. By decompress, I mean letting the next celebrity go by, which was Anna Camp from Pitch Perfect. Still, no idea who she was and immediately felt back, I let another opportunity slip away.

I think I was afraid of asking a really stupid question and embarrassing myself.

To be continued.

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