Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the horizon?
Any advice for people getting started in your industry?
Learn as much as you can about the art form you’re interested in covering. Don’t just soak up media reports about it. Get out and meet as many people in the business as you can and don’t just live behind a computer screen. Network, network, network.
What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own?
The New York Times, BroadwayStars.com, Variety, The Daily Show, Q (big Jian Ghomeshi fan).
Best interview you’ve ever had? Worst?
The best: Richard Harris, shortly before he died. I interviewed him on a day when he just felt like letting his hair down and discussing everything he’d been through. Kind of a “let’s clear the slate” sort of thing.
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
Do TONS of research, and then don’t bring your research notes into the interview. Memorize them. Make the subjects think it’s a conversation.
What rule(s) do you live your life by?
What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros?
No means no. Once I’ve told them I can’t or won’t do a piece, I hate being nudged.
Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro? We love to hear about #wins.
Matt Polk at Boneau Bryan-Brown (major New York theatre PR company) has worked miracles for me time and time again getting me lengthy 1:1 interviews with the likes of Antonio Banderas, Kristin Chenoweth and Kiefer Sutherland when all others were being denied. He just asks me to be patient and keep as many avenues of time open for him as possible and he then makes magic happen. It’s a great example of a collaborative relationship.
Rain. Duplicity. Negativity.
Great food, Stephen Sondheim’s musicals. My family.
Historical biographies. Just finished Edmund Morris’s trilogy on Theodore Roosevelt.
Best place on earth?
Walter Kerr (New York theatre critic from 1951 to 1983).
Favourite app (or whatever you are downloading these days)?
Pool or ocean?
Ocean (Atlantic preferred).
Voicemail or email?
Email, email, email. Or texts.