Today marks day two of "Behind the Scenes" and what better way to get the New York experience than to be on Good Morning America?! Led by HWS, "Behind the Scenes" is a program that connects current students with alumni and parents with careers in entertainment.
I will write about day 1 later on, I know a bit out of order, but only because I was able to get more content for this day.
I woke up at 4am, because we had to be in Times Square by 6:10 in order to get into the GMA studio. We left casa de Quintos at 5:40, with myself waking up at 4 am because I take so long to get ready. By the way, I have a horrific story! This morning I left my hair straightener on a higher heat than normal. I don't know, when, or what caused it to, but when I swiped the plates some hair sizzled off! I was ready to cry, scream, and send it in to America's Funniest Home Videos, but I had another camera to be on.
We made it to GMA and having never been in a New York taping before, the experience was so much fun. I have been in takings for shows like The Doctors, Let's Make a Deal, and my proudest of course The Ellen Show. This studio was much smaller than the ones back in L.A., but the area was much more popular. We sat in the middle of Times Square. I always enjoy unscripted TV the most, and I admit reality TV is my guilty pleasure.
I want to say however, that I believe in the need for sharp and precise content with a theme pushing towards social consciousness. I just sometimes find myself binge watching Bad Girls Club.
The guest stars today on GMA were Charlie Sheen and Denzel Washington!!!
After GMA, we visited the company IgnitionOne and right when energy began running low, it was time to run to another show. We scored and made it to The Late Night Show. No cameras were allowed inside the studio, so I hope this doesn't get me in trouble!
Let me sum up this experience with 3 words: hilarious, engaging, and inspiring. I admit, and please don't hate me, but I have never seen a full episode of this show. But being in the audience, I witnessed the sharp and palatable journalism delivered on this platform. I have a newfound appreciation, from both tapings today, about New York and it's staple in the realm of journalism.
The guest stars were Tom Selleck and a musical performance by A$AP Mob.
The night concluded with a reception thrown in honor of President Mark Gearen's last year at HWS. The room was packed with students, parents, and alumni all converging their presence to honor the legacy of a great man. Thanks to HWS career services, two groups of students were present. The group from "Behind the Scenes", which I am bias but also factual in saying are the best group, and the group exploring careers in finance.
Even though a minor medical scare would have jeopardized any recetption, Gearen reassured the room and surely made everyone feel at peace. As 60 Minutes correspondent and HWS alum Mr. Whitaker said, "No president has had tenure for so long as Mark, and no president has led to so much success in his time."
Tomorrow is the last day for "Behind the Scenes" so stay tuned for the last snapshot of NYC with Will!
Author William Samayoa
Marketer by profession and storyteller by passion. L.A. raised, proud Latino, and pop culture enthusiast.