Rebecca Berman is a lifestyle reporter for The Local Live in Mamaroneck, New York. She will soon host a celebrity talk show called The Cooler; here is a link to her website:
Q: What inspired you to start Rebecca Berman TV?
A: I started Rebecca Berman TV, when I noticed that many news/lifestyle reporters have websites where they call themselves their name with TV at the end. Since I was doing a lot of lifestyle reporting, I felt Rebecca Berman TV seemed appropriate for the type of work I was doing.
Q: How did you go about getting the funding to make your videos?
A: That’s a good question as to the funding for my videos. I usually have my clients pay for the videos or have had people lend me equipment.
Q: What kind of educational background do you have?
A: I graduated from American University in Washington, DC, with a degree in Public Communications.
Q: How did you come to work at The Local Live?
A: I was interested in becoming a food/restaurant/lifestyle reporter and The Local Live happened to be looking for Reporters. I originally found this weekly news show because they had followed me on twitter. At the time that they followed me, I was filming interviews of local people for a local on-line news website called allaboutarmonk.com
Q: Who are some of the celebrities that you will interview on The Cooler? How did you get them to agree to an interview?
A: I have interviewed, celebrity chef Barret of Hell’s Kitchen. I also have interviewed former NFL player for the Jets, Erik Coleman and Soave (legendary Freestyle singer) and actor Louis Vanaria just to name few of my guests. Everyone I have approached has been happy to be interviewed on a talk show with a modern twist, being that my sidekick is a colossal cooler. People think the show has great cache! The list is incredible. We are so excited.
Q: What will you bring to the table that other celebrity interviewers have not?
A: I think my show’s concept of revealing items, games and just about anything unexpected from a colossal cooler is original and it makes people curious and that’s why they’ll tune in and watch.
Q: Who are some of your journalistic influences?
A: I love David Letterman’s interviewing style and I also religiously watch CBS Sunday Morning because of their amazingly entertaining reporting style.
Q: What kind of day jobs have you had and how do those experiences influence your work as a reporter?
A: I worked as a real-estate agent. It wasn’t really a day job that led to my reporting career, being a reporter/interviewer is something I have wanted to do for many years and the timing was never right. With the growth of social media, the opportunity couldn’t be by passed by anymore. I have always loved asking people about their lives and how their particular story came to be.
Q: Who is your dream talk show guest?
A: I love Mindy Kaling, her story, her comedy, her writing… she would be my dream guest to have my show.
Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)