The Today Show!
I feel like I’ve got the routine down now, I’ve been on the Today Show twice already! The show is live in New York, and I’m here in Southern California, so that means a flight across the country the day before in order to arrive on time. I like flying Jet Blue because they have a direct flight from Burbank airport to JFK and then I don’t have to deal with the hassle of LAX. I can drive my car and leave it overnight no problem. And Jet Blue has individual TVs for each seat so I can watch a movie or flip around channels the whole time if I want! It’s 5 hours in the air, so I bring some work, (not that I get much done, especially when I’m stuck in the middle seat!) and a few magazines. I also bring food, because Jet Blue has snacks, but no meals – it’s part of the way they say they keep the price down, although it didn’t seem all that much less expensive to me. Still, I bring my own meals anyway because I’m mostly vegan and airlines don’t get it. My Today Show producer, Jennifer Gentile, works out of their Chicago office. I haven’t met her in person, we just talk on the phone, and e-mail back and forth. She’s very smart and super talented, great to work with! And, like me, she works odd hours so it’s easy to get things accomplished in a hurry, which is what we need to do in TV all the time. Jen found me from this website – isn’t that cool? It’s a lot of time traveling, and a lot of time preparing, for what amounts to about 3 minutes or so of time on the air. But it is all worth it when the segment turns out great! The idea is to get a lot of good information jam-packed into a little amount of time, and make it fun and entertaining, too. Al Roker interviewed me both times and he’s really good about keeping it light. He’s the same great guy in person as he is on the air. I also had a chance to talk with Ann Curry. What a beauty – inside and out! I gave her my “What’s Your Dosha Baby?” book the first time I was there and she took the quiz and told me she’s a Vata. So we have that in common! Ann is currently on the cover of More magazine – a great article about her, and she told me she was really pleased with how it turned out. The Today Show set is outside for the summer while they remodel the new set before Meredith Vieira’s arrival in September. There’s a lot of energy with people all around – and you’d think it would be chaotic, but it’s not! It’s all such a finely tuned machine, everything clicks into place smoothly, everyone does their job and has a good time. I had a great time – and I hope to be back again and again!