Sky Williams and I get hands-on with Agents of Mayhem and Killing Floor 2.
YouTube gaming personality and comedian Sky Williams and I hit up E3 for a day. It was zero fun, obviously.
I recently dropped in on the set of Disney Channel’s new show “Bizaardvark.” Stars Olivia Rodrigo, Madison Hu and Jake Paul give me their tips on how to become social media stars and show off their dance moves.
I’m very excited to share that the 5-minute documentary short I executive produced and edited was picked up by NBC News and is now live across the network’s digital channels! I was lucky to meet Danielle Burt last year when I covered the ISA Adaptive Surfing Championships, where she was one of only a few women to compete. This is her inspiring story; I hope you take some time to watch, read and, most importantly, SHARE.
The news has been heavy lately. So heavy. And it feels like it’s been non-stop: Since last Friday — when I heard about Christina Grimmie’s sudden passing — I have found myself intermittently tearing up at pieces of news trickling in, like the one about Luis Velma, a 22-year-old ride operator at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and one of the victims of Saturday evening’s Pulse nightclub shooting, also in Orlando. And then just tearing up because through the terrible and inexplicable darkness, there are these little streams of light, like Lin-Manuel Miranda’s sonnet at the Tony Awards.
While I am not an artist, I interact with a lot of them — actors, comedians, musicians, creators from film and video games and technology. I often think about what is art’s place in the world? Can it be educational? Definitely. I mean, I’ve written about it. But it’s also an outlet for expressing the abstract, for the things that I can’t as a writer. And the most effective pieces of art, I think, are the ones that move you.
In college, I was an intern at CNN’s now-defunct San Francisco bureau. I badgered every roving reporter who came through our office with questions about being on-camera, constructing a story for broadcast, how to read from a Teleprompter. One of my mentors (whether he wanted to be one or not — I kind of made all of them my mentors!) told me that no matter what, though, to just remember that “it’s only TV. Leave the real jobs to other people.” By “other people,” he meant the EMTs, the nurses, the doctors, the social workers, the policymakers. It was humbling and reassuring — the stakes of what I do compared to what other people do.
I don’t have what I consider to be a “real” job. But I do get to laugh a lot in that job. I get to meet a lot of interesting and fascinating people because of that job. And I hope that in times when the darkest facets of the human experience become all too real, that others can find some reprieve in that, too.
Below is a recent interview I did with comediennes Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart. I hope you laugh, even if it’s just a little.
Disney XD star Kelli Berglund stopped by the Young Hollywood studio, where we bonded over being from the same hometown and some awkward shimmying. Very awkward. See the video below.
Let’s see, what have I been up to lately? I visited the set of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” after touring Universal Studios Hollywood’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I also sat down with T-Pain, Disney Channel’s Karan Brar, and the cast of “X-Men: Apocalypse,” among others (videos below). I also dropped by the set of “Access Hollywood Live” to chat with hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover about the latest Hollywood hot topics.
On the writing front, I dove into the proposed changes to California middle school history books that has generated much heated debate, profiled snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim and caught up with hip-hop troupe the Jabbawockeez about their latest Vegas residency.
Also, if you haven’t done so already, give me a follow on Snapchat (handle: audreycleo), mostly for ridiculous selfies with filters and the occasional Faceswap with T-Pain.