Yesterday’s action-packed visit to NBC’s Today Show began in the crowded greenroom at 30 Rock.
I joined my Tourism Queensland client Shana Pereira, along with Best Job In The World winner (and one of the coolest guys on Planet Earth) Ben Southall. As we waited for Ben to be called up to the set, a show producer approached and quipped—
“Do you have Take Your Daughter To Work Day? Can I be your daughter?”
Ben’s highly-publicized six-month stint as Island Caretaker has everyone wishing they could be in his well-traveled shoes. As a tourism ambassador for Queensland, he’s visited 74 of the 600 Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Talk about dream gigs.
Speaking of dream gigs, that’s exactly what my job felt like when we were finally escorted upstairs. As Ben was getting miked up, I was excited to spot Jeremy Renner, one of my favorite actors, on set.
Jeremy’s been generating Oscar buzz for “The Hurt Locker,” but I first fell for his talent and charisma on ABC’s fantastic, short-lived cop series, “The Unusuals.” I told him so after his interview, and he graciously posed for this picture with me.
Surprise #2 — anchor Meredith Vieira strolling by and introducing herself to me and Shana.
After Ben’s lively interview with Kathie Lee and Hoda (watch it here), he answered a few questions for Today correspondent Sara Haines. She was delightful.
Follow Sara on Twitter for great behind-the-scenes tidbits from the show.
Coming up…a visit to my old stomping grounds at Fox News and the differences between dating and relationships.