"I'm Nina." / And there's Matt Dillon

Trip Start Oct 30, 2010
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Friday, January 7, 2011

The real treat of all this is when I get to go out on a shoot with a camera guy (or "photog"). Learn so much in the challenge, pressure, and excitement. Then it's also pretty fun when people see the CNN logo on my mic and stop to say, "ooo, CNN is here!" to whomever they're with. 
It's just slightly embarrassing when they actually come up to ask, with big smiles, who I am... 
"I'm Nina," I answer back. Their eyes remain focused and wide, dancing from eye to eye, waiting for more. 
I smile big back, and sway from foot to foot, without anything more to tell them. 
Today was a slow one for stories, but ended it and the week... quite well :)

After scrolling through the guest list for the day, realized with another News Assistant that we had two big names coming in: 
PeeWee Herman & Matt Dillon. 

Spent the next several minutes reminiscing on "PeeWee's Playhouse" and "Big Adventure" (my ABSOLUTE favorites growing up -- ask my poor mom who had to rent his VHS tapes every time we went to Blockbuster) but then there was Matt Dillon who'd be pretty cool to seat too... 
If you had the choice... who would you want? 

As their hit times got closer, I noticed myself a smidge faster on picking up the phone when I saw "reception" calling. 
First two calls were faulty -- guests for CNNI (and one particularly "faulty" in being more concerned about himself in posed iPhone pics around the newsroom, I politely helped him take) -- so by the 3rd "reception" call, I actually let it ring a few seconds longer offering the chance to any other News Assistant... 

"Matt Dillon on 5," the man on the other end said when I got it. 

Eyes lit up. Placed down the receiver, smiled to self, inhaled, and then informed boss that I was off to escort Matt Dillon to makeup. 

EEEEEEE haha I was feeling pretty smug. Whenever an exciting, popular guest is here, you just never think you'll be the one to escort him/her and place them on set. 
It's a small treat, and... I like it. Seating guests is after all one of my favorite jobs here. (Love the chit chats.)
Dillon ended up being the best of the two guests. If you were hoping, holding out for PeeWee, you'd have been disappointed as another department claimed him. 
(Aw, really wanted to know if his lips are naturally that red -- I know that's what you were thinkin' ...meeee too.) 

So I got to escort Dillon to make up, take him down to the newsroom, clip on his mic and put on his ear piece, and then when he was finished, we actually chatted a little on the walk out (his publicist previously was too busy helping him prepare for the interview). 

Here's one of the two interviews he did with us: http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2011/01/07/nr.matt.dillon.sudan.cnn?iref=allsearch
*And yes, his mic had slipped and that's a bit of my fault, having myself placed it there, but he kept moving around and tugging at it 
:( was stressed about that :(

SECOND cool story happened, Thursday...
Overheard an executive call over to my boss, "Send Nina to go out there and do it."
Ears perked. "Moi??" Charmed myself with the idea that they just thought I'd be the best choice for whatever assignment they needed help with.
Boss then came over to ask if he could send me out to get "Man On the Street" (MOS) interviews with people outside Starbucks for their reaction to a change in their label. 
"Great!" and then I thought through it all quickly. Just me? "How will I get it... what kind of, method?" I asked, making him just as equally confused. KNEW he'd want sound and video but uh... 
"We'll send you out with a photog," he replied.
Oooooo, felt like I was a REAL reporter gettin' my own camera man :) 
(glowed to myself, probably seeming ridiculous) 

This wasn't the first time I've gone out for these things, and I've even gone once before on my own (with just a photog), but this one seemed more, "see what you can find!" Open ended. MY mini story.
And I think it went well. I got some good bites from people -- though yes, it being just "MOS" interviews :p But it was a cool time (freezing, actually) and through the extra experience, I think I got just a little better in interviewing :)

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