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Jan 09

A Little Bit of Moxie (Or How I Interviewed Tom Cruise)

Recently I had the privilege of interviewing Tom Cruise and the rest of the cast of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol at the Red Carpet premier in NYC. Several of you have asked me how I got that gig, so I thought I would write a post about it:

For as long as I can remember I have been following the saying, Fortune favors the bold. I’ve always had the idea that if something is going to happen it’s going to be because I put myself out there. In eight grade it got a date with a super cute life guard and at twenty-two it got me too NYC.

So now, to Tom Cruise. One morning at work I was waiting on a table, just like any other day. The guys at this particular were friendly, nice and very awake for 8:00 am! We talked about favorite movies, what they did and what I was doing in NYC. Before the end of the conversation they had explained that they worked in tv and I had mentioned I was an aspiring actress and host. One of the guys said, “Really, we are looking for someone to cover premiers in NYC.” I said, “You should pick me.” And he did. A couple of days later, he called me saying they needed a sub and although I had never done an interview before (especially on the red carpet) I thought, why not?

There is no denying the fact that I happened to be at the right place at the right time, most would even say I was lucky… which is true, I was very lucky. But what if instead of offering my assistance I would have thought, Oh well I’m too inexperienced, they wouldn’t be interested…? What if I would have been in a terrible mood when I went to work that morning, would I have hit it off with my new friends? In Katie Couric’s book The Best Advice I’ve Ever Got, she explains that in order to make your dreams happen you’ve got to have something she calls moxie aka: BE BOLD! She tells the story of how she got her first big interview; she went into the production companies lobby and refused to leave until she got to speak with the producer (respectfully, I’m sure) The book is filled with other stories about how successful, admirable people who are living their dreams have gotten to where they are. The all had one thing in common; a big dream and a whole lot of moxie.

So whatever it is you are dreaming of, whether it’s acting, asking the girl/guy out, asking for that raise or finally setting up a grad school interview, ask yourself what you have to lose. Most of the time, the answer to this question is just a little bit of pride. Now no one likes to feel embarrassed but when you consider that the reward could be a step closer to you ultimate goal, it is a small price to pay. So take a deep breath, say a little prayer and take that step. Sometimes that little bit of boldness is all it takes. I’m fully convinced that the doors we need open, it’s simply up to us to take that chance and walk on through ‘em :)

Without further ado…

 


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