Behind the Scenes of My Satellite Media Tour in New York City

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Last week I headed to New York for a wild and crazy media tour of television and radio appearances aplenty. I would love to tell you that I was super chillaxed about all of this, taking it all in stride and thrilled to do a bazillion interviews one after the other. But that would be lying. Nerves aside, it went fabulously! Here’s a peek behind the scenes of my satellite media tour in New York City.

Behind the scenes of my media tour in New York City

Find a way

I recently watched two interviews with Diana Nyad about her seemingly impossible desire to swim from Cuba to Florida. What this marathon swimmer went through to achieve her goal was pure inspiration. Her mantra for this final and successful attempt in swimming these waters was, “Find a way.” The night before my media tour, I thought of Diana. If she could face deadly jelly fish, exhaustion and motion sickness, surely I could make it through one day of interviews…easy peasy.

Everyone loved the pink dress...maybe next media tour?!

Everyone loved the pink dress…maybe next media tour?!

What to wear

I asked you on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and in a blog post to choose from three outfits for my media tour. Almost everyone chose the hot mama pink dress. Jay at TravelIdeaz made my day when he said, “WOW that pink dress looks good on you!” I was a tad nervous about rocking the peek-a-boo cleavage on national TV, however, so I went with a more conservative choice. My blue, green and brown dress even matched the set.

I love the little "orange man" in the center of the fruit tray!

I love the little “orange man” in the center of the fruit tray!

Feeling like a rock star

I arrived at the television studio at 6:30 am, before I would normally stumble out of bed, especially since there is a three-hour time difference between my home in San Diego and New York. Thank goodness for caffeine! The studio even boasts a full-service coffee bar to fulfill every latte or cappuccino need.

The studio offered a breakfast spread that included big plate of fruit, lox and veggies, yogurts, and a massive tray of baked goodies. I felt like quite the diva with a real-live make-up artist (named Scott) there to apply my powder and eye shadow. It was difficult to cram bites of whole grain bagel with peanut butter in my mouth while he dolled me up for the camera, but somehow I managed. Scott regaled me with stories about doing makeup for Huggy Bear on the “Starsky and Hutch” set years ago and told me I look like a combination of Heather Locklear and Cybil Shepherd on camera. I can’t say that I agree, but I’ll take the compliment!

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Media tour in New York City

Before I knew it, I was sitting solo in a chair in the studio, where I would remain for much of the next six hours. I had an ear piece from which I could hear interviewers from around the country, as well as receive input from the producer. I started with a few radio interviews, which was a nice warm up before the really scary stuff…television!

All told, I did 16 television interviews and 12 radio spots. The confusing thing for my jet-lagged brain was altering my pace and messaging between the two types of media. Radio interviews tend to be chatty and casual, lasting about six to eight minutes each. The television spots are much more focused and quick; I had to be sure to get in my points and fast! Before I knew it, though, I was on a roll chatting and laughing with one interviewer after another.

Between takes, I tried to stay centered and keep my nerves at bay. I’m a crazy Oprah fan and I tried to channel Miss O that day. I borrowed her mantra: “In God I move and breathe and have my being.” I said this to myself at least a hundred times throughout my media tour. It helped me to stay focused and not over-think how I looked or worry about screwing up. It took me away from my ego and brought me into the present moment.

Ice skating rink in New York's Bryant Park

Ice skating rink in New York’s Bryant Park

Celebrating, New York-style

After the media tour ended that afternoon, I was free to go explore New York, stress-free! I felt the ecstatic adrenaline rush of finishing the last college final at the end of a semester…and then some. After a solo lunch, I walked to Bryant Park and watched the ice skaters twirling in circles. I browsed the holiday shops and snapped a photo of the park’s carousel. For a moment, I felt a twinge of loneliness. I wished my family could be there with me to enjoy New York City.

Bryant Park carousel

This carousel in Bryant Park made me miss my kiddos

But then I reminded myself to enjoy what I have now, not what I wish I had. So instead of wallowing, I celebrated. I ordered a Moscow Mule from the outdoor bar and took a seat among other Friday evening revelers in front of a flaming wood fire pit. I leaned back in my chair, breathed in the scent of wintry smoky goodness and stared up at yellow fall leaves and twinkling skyscraper lights. I felt such a wave of thankfulness. Sometimes it really is good to be The Travel Mama.

The view from Bryant Park

The view from Bryant Park

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How would you have celebrated in New York City? Let us know in the comments below!

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All photos by Colleen Lanin.

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. Jodi @ Family Travel Magazine says

    Congrats! Just being in NYC feels like celebrating – such a fun place to be!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Thank you, Jodi! NYC is especially festive during the late fall. It was so fun to see the city getting all spruced up for the holiday season!

  2. Lisa Goodmurphy says

    Sounds like it was an amazing experience! I liked the dress you picked best – probably because I’d be afraid to show cleavage on national television too!

  3. Kara Williams says

    Good for you!!!! Smart move on the dress. When I ever see you in person again, I want to learn how you managed to secure one media tour w/ three very different clients… fascinated!

  4. I think Nancy O’Dell should be shaking in her boots!

  5. Amber Johnson, The Outdoorsy Travel Mama says

    OHMYGOSH, how exciting…and exhausting!!!!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Amber – After the interviews the producer asked me if I was exhausted but I was all amped up from the excitement!

  6. Jay@TravelIdeaz says

    Awesome moment, Colleen! Watched the video, and fantastic answers by the way. 🙂 Congrats on your TV moment! 🙂

  7. I’m so glad it went well!!

  8. wanderingeducators says

    what FUN!! i’m so proud of you!

  9. Fun fun fun! I love NYC and would be in heaven doing a media trip there. I like the dress you chose, too.

  10. Congratulations! This looks like such a great experience! You looked great.

  11. Ashley Johnson says

    I always love visiting NYC whenever i get some time from work.Fantastic place to spend ideal time.There are so many fun things to do in NYC.Your shared pic refreshed my memories of my last visit.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Ashley – For some reason I always feel intimidated by New York City’s hustle & bustle & large size before I go, but then I have a wonderful time once I get there. I must remember that there’s nothing to be intimidated by next time!

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