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A Week in the Life of a Guest Booker Intern

RUNDOWN: KELLI’S LIFE 7/07-7/13

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OH, THE PEOPLE YOU’LL MEET LIVE ON SET OF FOX HQ MONDAY, JULY 7TH, 7:30AM – 3:30PM
CAKE BOSS WITH DOOCY & COFFEE WITH PAVLICH LIVE ON SET OF FOX HQ TUESDAY, JULY 8TH, 7:30AM – 3:30PM
FRESH OPPORTUNITIES, OLD AND NEW FRIENDS, SUMMER PARTY TIME LIVE MOVING WEDNESDAY, JULY 9TH, 7:30AM – 10PM
INTERVIEWS & BBQ LIVE MOVING THURSDAY, JULY 10TH, 12PM – 10PM
S’MAC CHEESE, FROYO, & JUMP STREET ROUND 2 LIVE MOVING FRIDAY, JULY 11TH, 7:30AM – 12AM
NO SECOND OF FAME WITH A SIDE OF CONEY ISLAND LIVE MOVING SATURDAY, JULY 12TH, 10:30AM – 9PM
A FULL DAY OF FRANCE LIVE MOVING SUNDAY, JULY 13TH, 10AM – 10PM

MONDAY, JULY 7TH RUNDOWN
BOOKING NOTES:

I headed into work bright and early once again, getting up at 5:30am to be in before 7:15. If you intern anywhere, that’s a key unofficial rule to live by: be there at least 15 minutes early and stay 15 minutes over your scheduled time. It’s a good mindset to have at any job really until you’re the boss and set the schedules for everyone. It shows that you’re willing to work and sacrifice for the good of the company. And your supervisors will love you.

It was a fairly busy morning of meeting and greeting, I saw the sweet KT McFarland around in one of the green rooms again. I think many of the contributors are getting used to my face, as they will acknowledge me when I check the makeup or green rooms for them. There’s something to be said for watching the “great’s” and imitating them. These senators, doctors, congressman, lawyers, journalists are top notch, and I love watching their live hits as they fearlessly stare into a little black square with an audience of millions across the country. I didn’t give media enough respect before this internship, but I now realize all that goes into producing even just a one hour show.

I know I mentioned the lovely makeup artists in a former post. Well, Erin Cain is one of those sweethearts who made me feel absolutely special and accepted when I first got to Fox. We got to know each other better Monday in the first floor green room, where she invited me to visit her next Wednesday at her other employer’s building, Meredith Corp, media and marketing company, including their features of Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, and Every Day with Rachel Ray, among many others. She’s just such a bubbly, eccentric in the most beautiful way woman, and I’ll have another reason to visit Telluride, Colorado when I’m back at school because she’s moving there within the month!

TUESDAY, JULY 8TH RUNDOWN
BOOKING NOTES:

If you asked me my favorite Fox News show after working there, be prepared to hear a list. I have no number one because several of them tie for me: I love the Kelly File because Megyn Kelly is the most powerful TV presence in my humble opinion. The new show Outnumbered has me glued to the screen whenever it’s on, for I love the concept of #OneLuckyGuy surrounded by four women discussing current events. However, I also absolutely love Fox and Friends with Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Elisabeth Hasselback in the mornings, where they’re able to mix the hard, breaking news of the day with the recent viral YouTube videos and the best way to grill a steak. Fox and Friends is on as I get ready for the work day, and I often rush to work to try and meet the guest that was just on my widescreen. (Unfortunately I missed Grumpy Cat the other day…). I was delivering the makeup lists for Happening Now on first floor when I saw a very large, yummy cake sitting all on its lonesome that was clearly leftover Cake Boss from the Fox and Friends segment earlier that day. As hard as I try to show self-control around food, the thought always resurfaces that I’m in New York for such a short time, I need to enjoy it up while I’m here. So I cut myself the tiniest sliver and plopped it on a plate. Around the corner comes Steve Doocy, who greets me and exclaims on the chocolaty cream center of the cake he’d helped decorate on air earlier that morning. We made small talk, and I went away happy I’d consumed a few extra calories in order to get more experience being around the talent.

Senator Joe Liebermann came in and recognized me from a week or so prior; we had a good discussion on his topic for the show, which is actually quite rare as most guests seem to not go into details before their hit. Later that day I was headed back downstairs to the newsroom from 1st floor green room, when a familiar blue dress and pretty face grabbed my attention from the corner of my eye. Katie Pavlich was right behind me headed down to the newsroom, and after I got off the escalator, I awkwardly stalled at the bottom. I introduced myself to her, an intern in booking who really admires her and the bold stance she takes. Also, I told her I’d be seeing her in two weeks at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado. She was very sweet and open to talking with me, even suggesting we get coffee the next time she was in New York. Absolutely on the record, she’s the young lady that pre-teen and teenage girls should be looking up to and making their role model. Not only does she stand for the right to freedom in a country doing its best to take that away, she has killer style.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 9TH RUNDOWN
BOOKING NOTES:

The two-faced cat, one half of her beautiful face all black, the other side a golden brown, was on Fox and Friends, and I hurried up to the green room where I got to meet and pet her right before she headed out with her owner to the next show booked for that day. I met the personable Senator D’amato for the first time, and I’m thankful I did. He asked about my future plans and showed genuine interest, which makes a young student like me feel special.

Dr. Kevin Campbell was mentioned in a past post, and he was back Wednesday for a hit on Happening Now, so it was great catching up with him. Besides being the nicest, most thoughtful guy, I know he’ll be an awesome connection to have in my own future endeavours because of his own network. The day was full of promising opportunities actually, ranging from being a campus associate for Fox back at my school to potentially writing op-eds for Fox digital because of meeting KT’s best friend Lynne, publisher and editor of the Foxnews.com opinion column.

The day ended perfectly with a Hillsong Church summer party over in Brooklyn overlooking the East River. A couple Fox interns met up with me there, so it was great connecting at a church event. Honestly, it’s extremely encouraging to know there are other Fox interns who share the same moral convictions and have the same values as I do. We shared a little bit of our testimonies, and I left light-hearted and upbeat knowing I had amazing friends to share this time with and support me through whatever would come my way during my time in New York.IMG_0712

THURSDAY, JULY 10TH RUNDOWN
BOOKING NOTES:

I just can’t stay away from Fox, even on my day off. I came in for an interview for a position called Campus Associate where I would be able to go back to CCU, represent Fox, and continue pitching and writing stories for Fox Digital while out there. I thought it went fairly well, but all of us applicants won’t find out until later. I hurried off after the interview to Kai’s place, where we caught up on everything, since I hadn’t hung out with her and Jason for a couple weeks.

We enjoyed the most delicious food on Happy Hour prices at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ: BBQ Chicken quesadillas, sweet potato fries, BBQ chicken slider sandwiches, and chicken tenders, oh my! We were uncomfortably stuffed by the end of it, but it was so worth it for that delicious food. The night ended with a great, hour-long conversation with Jason about politics, economics, his time in the military and his knowledge on what’s really going on in the Middle East. It was such a fascinating talk, and as I’ve mentioned, I learn so much whenever I’m with those two brilliant minds; proud to call them family.

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FRIDAY, JULY 11TH RUNDOWN
BOOKING NOTES:

Friday Funday is always a slow day in the News Corp building. Thankfully, my taste buds weren’t bored all day as Sarah and I grabbed delicious froyo after work, and I joined Jason and Kai for dinner at S’Mac. This is a must-do when you come to New York. It has mac and cheese variations that are just to die for; they even have a sampler of their top 10 choices. Then we headed to AMC for some laughs…22 Jump Street was hilarious, just as laughter-inducing if not more so than its prequel 21 Jump Street. Sure, it uses some vulgar and offensive humor to do the job, and I don’t recommend it to someone wanting family friendly comedy, but it was enjoyable to a younger crowd-a.k.a. Jason, Kai, and I.

SATURDAY, JULY 12TH RUNDOWN
BOOKING NOTES:

I had the special opportunity to sit in the studio audience of The Huckabee Show, and I was running like a madwoman at 10:45 to get there by 11:15…I’d woken up at 10:30. It was not my most put-together day. But it was fun sitting in the audience, seeing Jon Voight and Governor Mike Huckabee live was a great experience, too.

The rest of the day became an unexpected highlight of my 8 weeks in New York. Coney Island may get a bad rap for being dirty (relatively true), but that didn’t stop Erika and I from hopping on the hour long train to enjoy the afternoon at this rustic amusement park, on its pier with amazing views, and on its soft sandy beach (I couldn’t believe how nice the sand was! And surprisingly there wasn’t an excessive amount of litter…). Looking back I can’t help but smile at the euphoric memories I have of those few hours; I felt like a little kid, running around with Erika to get great pictures on the pier, eating deliciously unhealthy hot dogs and cheese fries and ice cream, screaming our heads off on the Wonder Wheel (yeah, we were freaking out on a ferris wheel), and joining the very drunk dancers at the boardwalk bar for a brief moment. In Erika’s words, ‘there were so many perfect moments’. I’ll remember conquering Coney for a long time.

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SUNDAY, JULY 13TH RUNDOWN
BOOKING NOTES:

This weekend held so many great times, and the day before Bastille Day, France’s Independence Day, was spent celebrating in a very French way, albeit unintentionally so. Sawyer and I met at The Frick Collection where we got scolded multiple times from the museum workers for just about everything-even standing on the floor, (did they expect us to levitate?!) and we sketched in the center courtyard on the provided poster paper. My drawing looked like a lumpy block spewing water while Sawyer’s looked like a frame-worthy masterpiece of that stone frog. Despite the fails at the Frick, we laughed a lot and had a great time soaking up French art and culture.

We weren’t done yet, for there was a huge French market in honor of Bastille Day, so we maneuvered the crowds, grabbed any free samples we could find, and took pictures of an adorable pup in a beret. Lunch at La Baguette was fitting, and then we met up again later for the 8 o’clock service at Hillsong. Pastor Carl preached a convicting, invigorating message as always.

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WEEK 5 – CUT
AND THAT’S A WRAP.

stay lovely,
the tall girl

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