So much to wish and hope for in the new year…but I guess the most immediate would be to make sure “Tonight’s
gonna be a good night”! (Truly Julie with Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo on the left) And to lead a more purposeful life such as Jane Goodall…who’s devoted her whole life to preserving our wildlife. Oh…and since I am a giggle maniac…I’d love to embrace more humor a la Kathy Griffin or Chris Rock. I’d also like to be more bold and fearless e.g., Ricky Gervais. And on the career front…I’d love to mix it up all the while never mince a word i.e., Ryan Seacrest.
And in 2012…I’d also like to embody William W. Purkey’s quote: “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.”…case in point…the Glee cast!
Work ethics wise…I aim to not settle for complacency…such as Steve Carell. He walked away from his hit show “The Office”…because he felt unchallenged and wanted to grow. That’s inspiring. Oh…and I hope to be as hard working as Joan Rivers…who at age 78 could still kick my butt. Also in 2012…I hope to continue crossing paths with those who are the best in their niche i.e., Simon Cowell & LA Reid…and who knows…maybe their “X factor” will rub on me:)
Health wise…my wish is to be as strong, supple…and..auh…sexually vigorous…as sex therapist Dr. Ruth! Also in the new year…I hope to be as innovative as James Cameron and fashion icon Patricia Field. These folks always think outside the box. And I also aspire to be an urban super woman…a la my sister Grace Sun and Rosanna Scotto. From designing to blogging to mothering…Grace is always 10 steps ahead. Rosanna is the unofficial mayor of NYC all the while getting up at 4AM everyday to co-host Good Day New York…she is the ultimate mother hen at Fox 5…and to her nuclear family at home.
I’ll also continue to refine my dorkiness …because like Zooey Deschanel…it’s cool to embrace your inner nerd. And I figure what makes me different and quirky…will be the unique factor that takes my game to the next explosive level…maybe like Paula Patton! From starring in “Precious” to “Mission Impossible” to being married to Robin Thicke…she’s on it! Life is about finding “Your Song”…and I hope mine becomes a hit like one of Elton John’s master pieces:) Hmm…what else…maybe in the new year…I’ll cook more…e.g., Guy Fieri. OK…now that’s just crazy talk…so I better end on a strong note. My goal for 2012 and beyond is to have the kind of lasting love found by my parents 40 plus years ago and raise a healthy family! Happy New Year!!!
After 3 years of fun, laughter…and lots of silent screams when the alarm blasts anywhere between 3-5AM…I’m saying good bye to Good Day New York and hello to our 10PM newscast. I will miss the Good Day gang, not to mention YOU! I’ve reveled in the warmth, love and support of your viewership…for that I will always be grateful. I’ll still visit Good Day every now and then, so don’t think you’re free from my sea otter/dolphin laugh! In the meantime…I hope you’ll join me in primetime (WNYW, FOX 5, 10-11PM)!
On the Good Day couch with Greg Kelly, Pia Toscano (one of our favorite Idol guests) & Rosanna Scotto. Greg never ceases to amaze me with his knowledge of anything and everything. And Rosanna…she’s the mentor I’ve always prayed for. I feel like a better person just for knowing her.
Truly Julie with Ines Rosales, Jay Sean (singer), Kevin Rudolf (singer) and Mike Woods. It’s almost hard to believe Ines and Mike are real people because they are insanely sweet and thoughtful (e.g., they got me Magnolia cupcakes for my farewell today!). They are the first ones to walk in the Good Day doors (3AMish!)…and the last ones standing with an ear-to-ear smile. Their positive energy is infectious…I wish I could bottle it up.
But my stay at Good Day New York was the most enjoyable because of you. Do you know how gratifying it is to get a feedback tweet or Facebook message at 6:50AM? Never mind if it’s negative or positive…I was just so happy that you were up and watching…and cared enough to write at that vampire hour! I know you have a lot of options on what to watch on TV…so to think that you chose me and the Good Day gang is pretty special. And to all of you who took the time to write your well wishes about my move…thank you from the bottom of my heart. I apologize if your note didn’t make this blog post, but please know that I did read every single one of them…and do appreciate them ALL. I hope you’ll continue to holla at cha girl via twitter or facebook at nights, too!
I’ve interviewed Simon Cowell a few times in the past…but this was our first one-on-one, sit down. Yeah yeah, he’s known to be a bit pompous and sure, he’s acerbic at times..and yup, he probably s*&%ts bricks of gold, but WOW, was he an absolute gem today! So gracious and FUN! He played along when I asked him to ‘do the dougie’(if you do not get this reference, google “Cali Swag”); and we even played a silly, yet intuitive, word association game. You’ll see my complete interview with Simon on Good Day New York soon..but here’s a snip it for now. When I said, “what’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I say Paula”…with a loving grin, he said, “bonkers”. Wait till you hear his immediate response for: Idol, The X Factor, Success, Failure, Love, and Money. He may be the most influential person in entertainment….but during our interview…he was just Simon, the guy from next door/across the pond.
Truly Julie getting a Mili Simon cut! Check out more of Mili’s killer work here.
I often say, God didn’t give me height. God didn’t give me curves. But heck, he hooked me up with some hair! But having thick, long hair can translate into a mop on your head (especially if it’s black) if you don’t get a killer cut. Enter Mili Simon! She’s one of our talented hairstylists at Good Day New York. Within just 15 minutes, she’ll turn me out like a Pantene commercial. Her blowouts always give my look an exclamation point…so this morning, I trusted her with a pair of scissors, well, more like a razor. She dug into my hair and took shards of weight out. This concept is funny to me in that I get asked if I have extensions in my hair at least once a week. Meanwhile, I actually get chunks of my hair taken out. This is the real s%$!, folks. As for the eyelashes…well…that I can’t vouch for:) And for those of you who have asked that I start a twitter/facebook page solely for my hair, bless your heart! I welcome any of you to start one, as I’m pretty occupied with social networking as it is! (Twitter:JulieChangFox5, 3 Facebook pages. Come find me, please) Mili shaped the crown of my hair, so that it now moves with little pockets of air underneath. I’ve had my hair done by some of the most well known stylists: Ken Paves, Rossano Ferretti, Harry Josh, etc., and I can say with confidence that Mili is right up there. And she may have all of them beat as far as timing….she works so fast! My hair has been looking a bit “pageant” lately…you know, sort of like Kim Kardashian’s perfectly coiffed tresses. Nothing wrong with that, but that’s not me. I’m “Julie the broadcaster” by day, but by night, I’m “downtown Julie Chang”…and I need a cut that can accommodate my split life:) Mili totally gets that “tousled, a little rock & roll, model off-duty” look because she has it herself! Trained at Bumble & Bumble, this girl knows what’s cutting edge…when it comes to cutting:) .
Voila! Finished product: polished enough for TV, but textured enough for fun!
Truly Julie shredding “Start Me Up” at her rock concert debut.
People often ask me, “What is your favorite story that you’ve done?” To me, this is like asking a mom to pick her favorite child. I try to throw 100% of me into every story I do; and in the process, I fall in love with all of them. But there is one story that particularly stands out from this year: my rock concert debut! School of Rock is an awesome, rad, bad-a%$ after school music program that teaches kids how to jam. Let me just say that if School of Rock existed when I was a kid, I might’ve had a whole different career path. For a story for Good Day New York, I enrolled in the program for 6 weeks with the goal of getting good enough to rock with the School of Rock’s Montclair House Band in NJ at their benefit concert (helping Big Brothers & Big Sisters Essex County). Mission accomplished! Click here to see me go from rocky to rockin’. After six 45-minute drumming lessons and two guitar lessons, I fulfilled my life-long dream of being a rock star. Come on, I know everyone has an inner rock star dream. With sticks, I pounded “Back in Black” by AC/DC. With strings, I shredded “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones. All this while sporting a geriatric boot! I had minor foot surgery during this whole process, hence the cane and no heels! Gasp.
I attribute my fast track skills to Julliard trained musical genius, Michael Thurber. Michael is a teacher at the School of Rock, but he’s so much more. He’s one of the most gifted bass players, and I believe the only student to ever be accepted to both the jazz and classical programs at Julliard.He can learn any song by ear and rocks a minimum of 5 instruments. But it’s Michael’s heart that amazes me the most. His love of music, enthusiasm for life, and wisdom beyond his years…inspired me to no end. I truly believe this story will be so memorable for me for years to come because it opened up my eyes and ears to what I was capable of and also brought me a remarkable, jovial friend. I hope to continue my guitar lessons (cause lets be real, a drum set will not fit in my apt)! Click here to see me jammin’ at lesson 2.
Andy Garcia stops by Good Day New York to talk about “Magic City Memoirs”, a movie that features his daughter, Dominik.
Andy Garcia is an amazing actor without question. I mean, what woman didn’t fall in love with his utter devotion (to “wife” Meg Ryan) in “When a Man Loves a Woman”? And what guy didn’t worship him after his gritty roles in “The Untouchables”, “The Godfather III”, and his sharp suits in “Ocean’s Eleven”? But what I admire about Andy is that as passionate as he is about his talent, he’s even more dedicated as a husband (married for 30 years!) and father (of three daughters and one son!). Andy stopped by Good Day New York to talk about the film, “Magic City Memoirs”. He executive produced the movie which features his eldest daughter, Dominik. Catch my interview with Andy here. My favorite is his response to Dominik’s big kissing scene:)
And I’m happy to report that Andy is a class act on AND off camera. He was wonderful to me…but the story I wanna share involves my friend, Chris Sullivan. Before Chris nabbed the part of Amos Hart (sings “Mr. Cellophane”) on Broadway’s “Chicago”, he was an aspiring acting student at Loyola Marymount University. He had a job of giving campus tours and ended up giving Andy and his daughter, a prospective student, a private tour. During their meeting, Andy told Chris to call him if he ever needs advice on the business. Chris, being the bold person that he is, called him months later. He reached Andy’s assistant and left a message, thinking that an A-lister such as Andy would be too busy to ever return his call. Chris was pleasantly wrong. Andy called him back and indeed shared some valuable advice with Chris on navigating through the tough business. Andy was true to his word….and Chris is a Broadway star. Bravo.
You know Mark Ballas for his fancy footwork on Dancing with the Stars, but soon, you’ll know him for his set of pipes, too. Mark (who’s still dating American Idol alum Pia Toscano) hugged his “other” girl, his acoustic guitar while singing his new song, “Every Piece”, off his new album: HurtLoveBox. He was a lovely guest on Good Day New York and who knows maybe he’ll come back one day with Pia and they can sing a duet!
Kevin McHale (AKA “Artie” of Glee) stopped by the Good Day New York studio. He was promoting the Glee 3D movie. We asked him about characters being written off the show as they grow older and more unlike high school students. The always witty Kevin had a funny response, “I’m waiting for Glee: the Senior Home edition.” His character Artie is already in a wheelchair…so I guess he’s ready to roll!