Blogging For Anderson Cooper Live!By Beth Wasko Posted: Feb 1, 2013
It was a day of firsts for me as I made my way onto the Anderson Cooper Live set. I was picked up from my home in Queens, which by the way I could totally get used to having a car take me to work every day! From there I was greeted at the door and brought up to a green room. When it comes to television and movie sets, if there's anything you should know it's that it's a constant roller coaster of hurry up and wait!
I was then brought into hair and makeup -- there can't be anything better than getting pampered before being on national television! Meeting the crew that keeps this show going is quite an experience and you will never find someone in a bad mood. Everyone's all smiles and I was greeted by each person I passed in the hallways. Just in the off chance I would be speaking, a crew guy came over and hooked me up with a mic. The audience members were already in their seats and I was walked to my delegated spot, computer in hand, ready to live tweet for @SoapDigest with the hash tag, #AndersonLiveBlogger.
Now, not only would I be meeting Mr. Anderson Cooper but today's co-host was daytime favorite Lisa Rinna (ex-Billie, DAYS)! Topics of conversation ranged from the hottest topics this week to beauty salon secrets (watch out ladies, it was extremely disturbing) and ways to tailgate on a budget. There was also the tale of a pageant mom who is still breast-feeding her 4 year old daughter. She called it "natural" and the audience had a difficult time muffling the groans.
In order to get the audience pumped, comedienne Dena Blizzard, otherwise known as One Funny Mother, made it her job to keep the mood light and took every opportunity to make the audience laugh before the show and during commercial breaks. "Don't pick anything. Don't rub anything. You will be on T.V." she warned.
Audience members had dance-offs, asked questions and seemed to be mesmerized by the fast-paced routine the crew was so obviously accustomed to. Each segment brought interesting information, disturbing tales and uplifting stories.
It truly was a fun and interesting experience and I'm honored to have had this really cool opportunity. I have to thank the amazing crew at Anderson Cooper Live for making me feel comfortable, for putting together an awesome show everyday and for reaching out to Soap Opera Digest. It was a blast, I learned it was okay to ask questions at beauty salons and I got to take a photo with Anderson Cooper is his famous photo booth! All in all, it was a great day!
Be sure to visit his site and check out the videos from past episodes. And keep an eye out, SOD may be making a return visit!