CNN’s Young People Who Rock

Well, here’s the video of my CNN interview with Nicole Lapin, on her weekly segment, Young People Who Rock.  It was supposed to be a bit longer, but Obama decided to give an employment update right at the same time my interview was scheduled, so that delayed it several minutes, and bit a chunk out of the time that I was to be on the air, so I had to try and cram a lot of the info I wanted to get in there into a smaller running time.  Therefore, I’m talking really fast, and barely letting poor Nicole get a word in edgewise.  Still, seeing myself on camera or in photos mortifies me, so I suppose it’s one of those blessings in disguise – less of my chunky face on TV, woohoo!

(I’m now seriously considering actively eating healthier; seven months of sustaining myself on cheap-ass food has not been kind to my figure.  I’m not quite as big as I appear on TV – the camera adds 10 or 15 lbs., and most of them seem to be in my face – but I could still probably stand to take much better care of myself).

Matt was there for this interview, so it was his first time on a TV set (the Today Show wouldn’t fly him out to NY as well along with me, so he had to stay behind and await my return, blegh).  I felt a little better and more confident with him there.  Less nervous.  I don’t think I’m quite used to being on TV, nor will I ever be, likely, but I was more at ease this time around.

And now to embarrass Matt a little with photos of his cute self on the set of YPWR.  This is history, folks.  Matt NEVER gets his picture taken.

Nicole was so super awesome and friendly, chatting with me in the makeup room along with the awesome hair/makeup artist, Jennifer, whose Herculean task it was to transform me into a raving beauty (kidding, but she did do a fantastic job!  I got airbrushed!!!!!)  Jennifer is having a baby pretty soon, so congrats on the new kid, Jennifer!

But yeah, Nicole was great at setting me at ease; she’s a total sweetheart and a damn fine reporter – she has this informal, approachable thing going for her, which I think is a great bonus when it comes to reaching out and reporting to our generation.  Nicole is right around my age and clearly she’s super intelligent – I can’t imagine what it must take to be a respected CNN reporter at so young.  Her segment has been going strong for 2 1/2 years, and I’m honored to have been her guest.

So, thanks so much to Nicole, and to CNN for having me on again!


  1. I don’t know if you have many readers in eastern North Dakota/ Western Minnesota, but my office has a part time clerical position open. It’s 12-15 hours a week, and starts at $9. If there’s anyone out there who is near the right place geographically and wants more info, please put them in contact with me. There’s too many people who are un-or-under-employed out there.

  2. Yay! You look so cute in your dress! :) Best wishes and happy October!

  3. You are so beautiful!! I admire you in so many ways.

  4. I thought that was a wonderful interview and that you represented yourself as a very articulate, passionate person.

    You are such a great motivator and I wish you all the best.

  5. Sweetie you look great. We more-than-size-zero girls beat ourselves up, so STOP! What struck me most about this is, ARE YOU REALLY JUST 24?! You speak with an eloquence, wisdom and authority far beyond your years. Great interview. And btw that second pic of you and your guy.. great!!

  6. Hey girl,

    Many many many congratulations!

    You are my freakin’ hero, and it is so amazing that you were able to land that job without your stuff (TYVM Wal-Mart!)

    I’m so excited to read about your continued success. It is so amazing that you landed that gig on CNN!

    Now that I finally found a home, a job is definitely next on the list! And if you ever find a way to get your stuff back, let me know, because I would love sue the bastards who threw all of my shit into a puddle in the backyard. People can be such assholes, it makes me wonder if they have any clue what it takes to accomplish even the smallest of tasks when you have no home, no stuff, and at times, no hope.

    Way to go, girl! YOU ROCK!

    Wishing you only the best,

    Elyssa Durant
    Nashville, TN

  7. Beautiful job. Yes, articulate you are! Keep going. So proud of you. And no worries about your figure – you are so radiant and beautiful on the inside it is hard to see you have flaws on the outside.

    Weigth Watchers or Jenny Craig seem to be the most successful weight loss/maintenance programs I have seen. I personally use a software to count calories (in & out) and that works for me – MY DIET ANALYSIS.

    I am a bit of a nerd so this program maps out all the parameters of diet – and makes recommendations as to how to improve your diet over time. (analysis is done week by week)

    My general rule – eat at least 5 fruits and veggies per day (cooked or raw)…. this gives you great vitamins and fiber in your diet and not a lot of calories.

    Good luck on the diet thing – if anyone can, you can!


  8. Hi again Bri here’s the trackback on the blog I wrote about you

  9. That is a super-cute dress.

  10. Thanks! It’s one I found at Goodwill last year. Thrift stores rock! :)

  11. You guys are soooo incredibly cute – I’m glad to finally see a pic of Matt!!! :)

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