Leaving New York

04.3.12

This is my second city with Oprah’s Lifeclass and it’s at an incredible pace. I just landed here a few hours ago and I’m packing up already. I’ve tried a new hotel and it’s one I might return to. Considering how high maintenance I am that’s something worth noting.

Yesterday I interviewed Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins and Perez Hilton. If you enjoy long and rambly interviews here are two of them. When I get home I’ll edit them down and find the funny-quirky-interesting-monumental moments and post them as shorter tapes.

I want to talk at length about the network and how it has altruism at it’s base. I think America is ready for a TV Network that’s mission statement includes only “Positive programming”.

Before hitting on those topics though I need to go down to Delancey Street for Bialys with a man who has known me since I was born and who took me to Alphabet City art galleries in the mid-80’s when I’m pretty sure stabbings were de rigeur.

Next week I won’t be with Oprah. I will give you three hints about what I’m up to next week:

GoPro
Dogsledding
Arctic Circle

Oprah’s LifeClass Continues… New York City

04.3.12

I’m in the Rockette’s dressing room surrounded by hot lights. They’re kind to Rockettes and their makeup but not as kind to my computer and equipment.

Backstage at Radio City Music Hall is a wild place. The hallways are tiny, like an afterthought really. It’s an hold building and much like the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis the building is rich with history.

Thus far we’ve interviewed Deepak Chopra, toured the building and I’m waiting to meet with Tony Robbins. Deepak was unbelievably humble and I found it to be refreshing. When we asked him how he wrote so many books he said he was, “Obsessive compulsive and Neurotic”. I have zero expectations of Tony Robbins, because I’ve never really seen any of what he does.

I know you’ll enjoy the Deepak Chopra interview… hopefully I’ll have great video of Tony Robbins soon too.

The next Lifeclass begins shortly. I feel like Margaret Meade.

3 26 2012 St Louis Lifeclass - B Show

The Day that Oprah Called: Well, her People Called

02.22.12

Almost two week ago you might have seen this on my facebook timeline.

oprah_called

And to be fair it wasn’t Oprah that called or I might have actually been nice when I answered.

It began like this:

ME: This is Jessica

OWN NETWORK: Hi this is [a really nice lady] from OWN the Oprah Winfrey Network.

ME: [still not interested, sure that it’s going to be another craptastic pitch] How are you doing?

OWN NETWORK: Great. I’m calling because of Oprah’s Lifeclass.

She went on to explain the Lifeclass for this year and how it’s going to be in St. Louis and in New York City and she would be on the road with Bishop T.D. Jakes, Iyanla Vanzant, Deepak Chopra and Tony Robbins. I continued not paying attention because I get these phone calls all the time and I don’t really cover events that I’m not at.

And then she said, “And we’d like you to travel with us.”

And she kept talking and I tried to not scream and I hadn’t written down her name, number email address or anything but I was able to stutter out, “I need to check with my husband but I really want to go.”

All the while I’m thinking, “I don’t care WHO takes care of the kids, it’s a total of nine non consecutive days, I’m not missing this!”

And then we didn’t talk again so I thought maybe I’d hallucinated.

And then we did talk again and I realized I was the luckiest woman in the world. When we talked more I saw that a handful of other bloggers would be on the tour. I made a twitter list of everyone involved (but of course you can’t add yourself to your own twitter lists) and I used a dormant twitter ID that you don’t need to follow.

So I’ll be in St. Louis and New York with Oprah and her traveling band of celebrities and overachievers. For now I’m panicking about what to wear, which should prove to you that I haven’t an ounce of common sense because what I should be doing is researching the incredible talent that is going to be taking this adventure with me.

Tickets are available this week only. It’s a lottery system so be sure to go to Oprah.com and get your tickets. I’d love to see some friendly faces. Here are some details from the site:

– The taping at Peabody Opera House in St. Louis will take place on Monday, March 26, 2012.
– The taping at Radio City Music Hall in New York City will take place on Monday, April 2, 2012.
– The time commitment for the afternoon taping in St. Louis is from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. CT, featuring Bishop T.D. Jakes as the guest teacher.
– The time commitment for the evening taping in St. Louis is from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. CT, featuring Iyanla Vanzant as the guest teacher.
– The time commitment for the afternoon taping in New York is from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. ET, featuring Deepak Chopra as the guest teacher.
– The time commitment for the evening taping in New York is from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. ET, featuring Tony Robbins as the guest teacher.