Hardly slept last night, just knowing I had landed the chance to interview Aventura! I tossed and turned imagining what the interview would be like in my mind. Would I remember their names? Would I remember the statistics that have risen them to fame? Would I stutter? Blah, blah, blah! Fell asleep around 3am.
"Oh, my God! The interview!...what time is it? Oh, lol, it's only 7:30am!" I HATE that panicked feeling! I did all my errands, made my cafe con leche & watched the first 20 minutes of The View. Damn, I wish I was on that show! Why don't they have a host who's hispanic? Aren't we almost the majority minority? LOL...anyway, let me stop.
I checked my facebook, myspace and found so many good luck comments, and extra interview questions that the fans and friends gave me that it ignited a happier spirit. I looked over my notes, interview questions and decided that if I could just get the introduction down by heart, the interview would be a snap! Here's what I came up with: "Number 3 ont the Hot Tours list preceded only by Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears; Outselling Lady Gaga in ticket sales; 5 studio albums and their most current album entitled The Last remains at #1 on the Billboard Latin Charts for over 22 weeks; 76,000 fans, 4 sold out concert at the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden...Ladies and Gentleman: Aventuraaaaaa...Yes Sir!!" Confident that I had the opening, I took a 10 minute cat nap and made some business calls.
A bit later, the "romantic interest" I mentioned last night called me. I need to give him an alias...I think for now, I'll call him Mr. Mak! LOL. Anyway we chatted about our career endeavors and talked once again about meeting tomorrow after I do a quick video shoot...remember how I said yesterday that it seems something k,eeps getting in the way? Well, we hung up agreeing to meet tomorrow. I was confident that we sealed an address and a time...and then I put the tv back on, and hear the meteorologist ruin my day: "All NY schools closed tomorrow. Noreaster coming sooner than we thought...12-18 inches by tomorrow." Whaaaat???? Oh, my God...I can't win.
So I begin to get ready; rush to the station's studio. The interview is set for 6pm - 7pm.. I get to the station at 5pm. One hour early. I rehearse that opening statement at least 5 times. I got it. I'm good. I'm nervous. God, the butterflies...STOP!! The music director says, "Ready? Excited for 6:15?" Huh? Oh, okay I guess I was wrong...it's 6:15. Okay good. I have 15 extra minutes to prepare. 6:15 comes...no sign of Aventura: Romeo, Lenny, Henry and Max. We're told Max won't be coming. Okay, I can deal with that.
6:45 I begin hearing Jeopardy theme music in my head...
Where are they? Oh, I guess they're on Latino time...you know, "I'm on my way...I'll be right there..I'm looking for parking, etc." LOL.
Now it's 7pm...they're here.
But I can't interview them because they are scheduled to do a LIVE webcast at 7pm. Can't let the fans down because the station has been advertising 7pm. So I 'm told I have to wait.
I watched the female fans swarm over them like bees protecting the queen in the hive. Cameras were atop of their. raised arms as an extenstion of themselves in hopes to catch them at the right moment.
8:00pm...are we ready now? No. Now they have to do "drops", the liners that artists record so the djs can play them before playing their songs on air. So I walked into the studio to watch and observe them. I was willing to do anything as long as I could disttract myself from my nerves taking over me. They were recording, laughing, joking. There were funny moments among them. I realized how down to earth and endearing they were and I finally relaxed.
8:20pm -they walked in.. (To be continued tomorrow.) I need sleep. Goodnight.