I was randomly talking to my agent from Grossman & Jack, Lindsay Glickstein, and she mentioned to me that her talent Jeff Schroeder (check out this video of us in the kitchen at Rockit Wrigley) of the 7-time Emmy winning show “The Amazing Race” is out doing a new show “Around the World“… reminded me that the same people who produced the amazing race asked me to help out for their new show called “focus rally america.” The show is a interactive cross-country road rally, and they are looking for digital savvy people who love adventure! teams will compete for cash, prizes, and new 2012 ford focus vehicles- competition will be fierce and contestants will need to rely on the help of their friends, fans and followers. If you’re interested in being on the show- come to the casting call this Thursday at Rockit Wrigley from 9p-midnight! For more info, visit: www.focusrally.com!
Haha- someone just asked me that on twitter- so thought I would share the mini piece that won it for me (click here) and let all know that nominations for this year’s emmy awards are this tuesday and you may see my name at it again! (I hope?)
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educations and technical achievements – to be included in that category again would just be a huge honor.
what I pray might get nominated took hours, days, months, years.. of great work by many when I was serving as Director of Cultural Relations for the Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee. Basically i asked 50 celeb friends if I could interview them about their love for our city and their support for the games taking place here, and in the u.s. In general. It was brilliant, supportive, loving, informative, fun, entertaining & community building.. All good things.
For an example of my olympic interviews, click here!
I was recently asked out of no where by two different contacts to hear my voice on radio… so put this lil mix together of some past radio interviews I did… and thought I would share w/you all because it stirs up great feelings of all the amazing things there are to talk about in this great city of chicago! I can go on all day about it… it all just makes me so happy… thanks to all who let me on… and to all who tune in… more to come I hope… Enjoy!
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You probably caught me and emmy award winning actor jeremy piven twittering our heads off all saturday night at sunda & underground celebrating after my surprise emmy win!! Here’s one of our twit pics, I apologize for the crummy quality, it’s from my phone. (Seriously, if you are not following me on twitter, click here, you are missing out) anyway, I let everyone pass the award around and everyone thought he brought his emmy’s out with him- no one believed I actually won my own, it was insane! We actually had to start twittering clarifications that it was mine, because reporters started to inquire, it was pretty funny…
Anyway, Omg I’m freaking out- for about 5 years now I have been hosting tv shows like metromix & nbc’s 24/7, and have been nominated before, but never thought I would actually ever win an emmy award! Here is a link to some footage I was poorly playing around with- it’s so raw, but I thought for sure I wasn’t going to win… had I known I had a chance, I would have lit it better, and I would have dressed better! Haha! (if can make it through the black out for a minute toward the end, you will see us reappear at the very end for photographers backstage with the award in hand!!!!!! (its worth it, I’m shaking in nervous excitement!)
If notice another group gets announced first, it’s because I guess they actually had a tie in our category, so I didn’t even hear us get called second! It was scary, I didn’t hear my name, but everyone around me was like, “go up there!” anyway, you will also see I dragged two guys up there with me… philip jones who shot & directed, and chris robins of bridges media group who did all the creative & post production magic… I share this honor with them, my buddy tom hodges for advising and watching over us all with all his expertise & experience in the industry, my partners brad young & arturo gomez, the entire rockit ranch family, and all the teams, families, signifigant others, and all of you who show so much support allowing us to pursue such amazing things!
In case wondering, This year marked the 51st year of The Chicago/Midwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and our emmy award was for a piece where I documented our rockit ranch asian travels & our new asian restaurant sunda’s evolution, “hosting” the story we called “Journey to Sunda” … the exact category was for Outstanding Achievement for Arts/Entertainment Programs : Program or Program Series Broadcast/Advanced Media! all I have to say is… now I’m hooked… with your support, I’m going to tell more stories and be back at the emmy’s for more! Thank you all!