Victoria Recaño: interviewing a celebrity interviewer
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On a press junket for the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, I had the privilege of spending the better part of 3 days on a chartered bus with a handful of members of the American media. This crazy, sleep-deprived cast of characters joined me as we navigated the festival circuit, jammed with the Rastafari, swam with dolphins, and sang along to random playlists (often to the dismay of our driver). At the forefront of this group, was two-time Emmy winning Inside Edition correspondent and host of The Trend on Zappos Couture Victoria Recaño.
During a rare moment of poolside relaxation I thought, "What if I interview the consummate interviewer?" Maybe there's an Emmy for that.
Probably not. Still, we had a chat about the quiet moments in-between all the celebrity mingling, and here's how it went:
Mike: Ok, so what is your idea of perfect happiness?
Victoria: I find something to be happy about everyday. Things may not always be perfect, but I try to recognize the special moments as they happen.
M: Good answer. Very zen.
M: What is your greatest extravagance?
V: Difficult to pick just one. I enjoy shoes, designer threads and fine dining!
M: What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
V: Honesty. Because sometimes we don't really want to know the truth, or tell it.
M: That's true. What would you change about yourself if you could?
V: I would like to have more patience, and to be taller.
M: Which talent would you most like to have?
V: I wish I was able to sing and to play the piano better.
M: Well, after our sing-along on the bus, I wish that for you too.
V: Shut up!
M: Okay, what is the quality you most like in a man?
V: My husband has most of them. If I had to pick just two, I admire integrity and humility.
M: What is the quality you most admire in a woman?
V: Same for women.
M: What is your most treasured possession?
V: I don't think of her as a possession, but my daughter is the best part of everyday and is always right by my side.
M: What qualities do you look for in your friends?
V: My friends are loyal and adventurous.
M: After Mike Benhaim, who are your favorite writers?
V: Who's Mike Benhaim?
M: Just answer the question.
V: Nora ephron. I love her style and sense of humor.
M: Who are your heroes in real life?
V: My parents. I wouldn't have been given the opportunities that got me where I am without them.
M: What is a pet peeve that you have had to deal with repeatedly?
V: I don't like to repeat myself, which happens when people aren't paying full attention.
M: Darn it. My pen just died.
V: But you're recording this, right?
M: Right. Where were we?
V: I don't know.
M: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
V: My tight-knit family is a great achievement. We may argue and have our unpleasant moments, but we support each other and always stick together.
M: Nice. That was so not a celebrity answer.
V: We're all celebrities.
M: ... And, she's back.