DIARY CONFESSIONS OF A CELEBRITY INTERVIEWER

RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS: PART I
I have never been a big drinker. The primary reason for this is that my constitution isn’t made for alcohol. I am always the person who drinks half as much as everyone else and pays twice as harshly. For this reason I probably shouldn’t drink at all. But where’s the fun in that?

RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS: PART II
In case you missed last week… I am in LA to interview notorious rock band, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Have run into Sophie Monk in a parking lot, been accosted by a hidden camera crew for a late night talk show and gone out to dinner with a bunch of Australian journalists and my mother; (don’t ask).

TOM CRUISE: PART I
It was the opportunity of a life time; an EXCLUSIVE Australian interview in LA with Tom Cruise. Why was I getting the interview over so many other Australian media identities with much bigger profiles and higher rating shows?

TOM CRUISE: PART II
Since arriving in LA two days ago, I have had breakfast with Queen Latifah and David Schwimmer (well, not at the same table exactly), nearly been arrested by Paramount Pictures security (well…warned not to return to their garden bed without permission) led 30 international media identities in a chorus of movie themes in the middle of a freeway traffic jam and nearly been crash tackled by Jamie Fox’s bodyguards (well…aggressively asked to STAND BACK).

MICK JAGGER: PART I
Monday 10:00am: get phone call from Record Company Publicist. Interview time with Mick Jagger has just become available overseas. Can I be on international flight at 11:00am tomorrow? Bugger. Already have Orlando Bloom interview scheduled for midday tomorrow. Is there later flight?

MICK JAGGER: PART II
If you missed last week, I am on my way overseas to interview Mick Jagger. I assumed I was going to London, until I read the itinerary in the cab on the way to the airport and discovered I am actually going to Toronto CANADA! In my defense, when running a production company and getting a weekly television show to air by ones-self, it can be the minor details that slip past unnoticed (like which country one is in)! In any case, the location mishap was just the beginning of what turned out to be a rather problematic, if not memorable ordeal.

COLDPLAY: PART I
Have received call from record company requesting I fly to Paris for exclusive interview with UK band COLDPLAY. Did I mention I have to leave TOMORROW! Firstly, this week’s show (on James Blunt) is not close to being finished. Secondly, have no idea how to located camera crew in Paris; or hair and make up. Can do research on plane. But what will I wear to interview!

COLDPLAY: PART II
Am acutely aware that must be sitting in front of Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin looking drastically different to current state in exactly 2 hours. Arrivals sections is swarming with drivers holding name cards; none with my surname.