Partying with Nick Zinner for NY Times East Village!

Anyone who knows me knows that if anyone can work a party (for journalistic reasons, of course) it’s me!

However given the very seriaaaas journalism that goes on at NYU i haven’t had the opportunity to flex my party stalker muscles recently.  That was until i got the call to cover the 10th anniversary of  Lower East Side cool kid night spot LIT/Fuse Gallery. Of course i jumped at the opportunity i mean this is where Kate Moss has been spotted and Lindsay Lohan goes to, LIT!

So me and my video camera crawled into a coffin shaped storeroom, rubbed shoulders with the VVIPs, shimmied on the dance floor and even cornered Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in a very dark green room to bring you and the readers of the NY Times this report…check out the video below and the full story on the Local East Village blog 

My first NYTimes by-line! (kind of…)

So our final video pieces for our semester 1 writing and reporting class had to be about couples in the east village… of course my partner Laura and I found the cutest most adorable couple ever!

Despite some technical glitches and blind rookie mistakes plus this being the first ever piece of video where I got to play cameraman and editor  – it turned out super cute!

Fast forward to pre valentines day and lo and behold the NYtimes local east village blog decided to pick up on our class’ videos for a series in the run up to V-day – and today they posted ours…#whoop!

Add to that Veronica sending us a sweet email saying:

“This looks great!! You guys did an excellent job. Such a nice way to end a long week.”

This just made me smile…

check out the video and article here

A Serious Throwback – My Real Goboza Reel

One of the craziest and most fun challenges of my life was producing the first season of Real Goboza in 2007 which was hosted by Dineo Ranaka and Trevor Noah… and who can forget Lelo such a smart savvy woman – she cracked me up at every shoot!

I found this online…can’t believe just how groundbreaking doing celebrity gossip in prime time television was in those days…crazy that shows like Flash, Headline etc are now such a normal part of the scene in South Africa.

A snippet of the RGB report one of my favourite segments to produce because well it always got controversial…

And what would celebrity show be without red carpet reports… on this one I did the V/O too, yes because in the early days RGB was poooor!

And who didn’t love Lelo Boyana? She was SA’s first blogger turned tv personality, thanks to me because well I was obsessed with her blog and once I met her I knew she belonged on TV.  Writing scripts for her was always such a blast because she never held back…

This trip down memory lane has convinced me, it’s time to get back to making TV… one day soon.