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Interviewing Legends

Over the years, I’ve interviewed my share of interesting subjects – ranging from local celebrities to musical icons but last week, I hit a new all-time high when I had the opportunity to interview Mr. William Shatner. 

Yes, you read that correctly. While I had to refrain from asking to “Beam me up, Scotty!” The fact is, I actually spent 10 glorious minutes on the phone with William Shatner! 

While 10 minutes may seem like a breeze when drafting questions, the reality was – this was one of the hardest interviews I’ve ever prepared for because the possibilities were endless. Should I go the route of “Star Trek” or maybe delve into the movies. Oh wait, there’s also the music and Brad Paisley’s iconic music video “Celebrity” for which he starred. The more I thought of questions, the longer the list grew – but at some point it needed to stop. 

When the time came, I literally jumped when the phone rang. It’s been years since I’ve been so nervous to do an interview, in fact I think the last one I was actually nervous for was when I interviewed Ozzy Osbourne. My 10 minutes flew by like nothing. Mr. Shatner was simply a joy to talk to about his successful career, iphone app and so much more. 

I won’t say it’s my favorite interview because, quite frankly, I’ve talked to some pretty amazing and wonderful subjects over the years. But, I will say this interview was one more name to cross off my bucket list and a day I’ll never forget. I can’t wait to put the story together and I’m even more excited to go to his show in a couple weeks. 

Some people ask me why I do what I do for so little (if any) money and the answer is simple … for moments like these. Not everyone can have 10 minutes on the phone with William Shatner or Ozzy Osbourne … but in my life… that’s a priceless memory that you can’t buy, only achieve and I’m so happy I’ve achieved this much success. 

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If you’ve stopped by my site recently, you might have noticed the photography page is not only present – but actually functional. At one point, I was going to create a photo-display page to showcase my photography skills, but I quickly realized obtaining the rights to reproduce the photography would not only be a lengthy process, but an unnecessary chasing game tracking down the corresponding people.

In the essence of time and a lot of legwork, I’ve linked the slideshows developed from the photographs to the page so you can view the photography I have provided for my stories. While there are still many more shows to uncover and link, I think I’ve captured some of the recent gems.

In other news, you may have wondered why I haven’t posted much recently. Well, those close to me know that my “day-job” situation has changed drastically and these last few weeks have left me extremely busy. Never fear though, September holds some amazing shows and November is shaping up to be even better. There are some great events in my near future and I’m very excited to be part of the experiences.

Stay tuned.

New Updates

If you’re a frequent visitor to my page, you’ll notice the many updates including design and information that I have posted. I have linked my public speaking video from the Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch event in March of 2012 and I have also added my new examiner titles to the About section to reflect all that I’ve been doing. My resume has also been added to the about section as well to hopefully help in my efforts of job searching. I am confident my perfect job is out there somewhere and I’m going to find it.

The photography page is still a work in progress. I know so many have been asking and good things come to those who wait. I want to make sure it’s perfect before I launch the page, along with getting all the rights necessary to display many of the photos. Stay tuned.

In the mean time, make sure to stop over to my journalism portfolio to see all the wonderful stories I’ve been publishing this year.

Welcome to my professional portfolio. If you have located this page, you must be searching for more information about my work. I invite you to take a look around at the links above to learn more about me, view my work and follow me on social media.