This may sound a little odd, but I love me a good bus. Matter of fact, buses/trailers have played a big part in my career as an entertainment/fashion reporter. Some of the most famous and fashionable people on the planet (rock stars and movie stars) spend a lot of time on the road or on movie sets and well, interviewing people of this caliber means you gotta get on the bus/trailer and just go with the flow or better yet, the ride!
One of my first cool bus experiences was with The Black Eyed Peas, when they were first becoming famous. They were parked outside the American Airlines Arena (getting ready to open for a big headliner,) when they invited me onboard. They showed me around their “house on wheels” and Fergie even gave me a peak into her private changing area (which was a flimsy curtain draped at the tail end of the bus.) Believe me, it wasn’t anything fancy, but it was fun and their infectious personalities and music made them a household name.
Before I interview a big movie star or a big movie director, a bus is almost always involved. Whether I’m traipsing my way across the country to New York or Los Angeles or zipping my way across the Atlantic Ocean to London, I’m always bused (alongside my fellow entertainment journalists/producers) to see the movie I’m reporting on, the red carpet I’ll be working and sometimes, even to the interview location itself.
A lot of provocative conversations go down between journalists on those buses. In fact, you can learn a helluva lot about celebrities and who they really are (the way they interact with reporters, the ones who flirt and most importantly, the ones who are all smoke and mirrors verses the ones who are totally captivating and gracious.) Man, I’ve learned a lot about being an entertainment reporter simply by being on the road. BTW, I always call those bus sessions: “Wheeling & Spilling.”
Then of course, there’s the relegate ‘hang-out with the actor/actress’ on the set of a movie or a television show. There’s always a lot of down time in between filming scenes, so what better way to get to know a person then to spend time with them in their bus/trailer. I find this spectacularly interesting, because you can get a real glimpse into someone’s personality. Moreover, the famous tend to be much more themselves when they’re in someplace safe (in their dressing room,) which is usually on wheels.
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