Tommy Geraci, is a Social TV correspondent who carries out his assignments with finesse. In all sincerity, he is a down to earth gentleman. On top of, a person with a cause and a symbolic voice as an advocate against bullying, compassion for animals or helping the needy.
On the other hand, when looking at his distinguished smile as he poses for the camera, unless you read his personal blogs and interviews, you might simply think another “Entertainment Journalist.” However, that is not the case with Tommy, since he is admired by his peers, fans and celebrities for his gracious attitude and genuineness.
From Brooklyn, New York, Tommy grew up daydreaming about hosting red carpet moments like the Emmys, Oscars and Grammys; for Tommy, his imaginary mic was his muse and his inventiveness was the audience.
Tommy has wonderfully integrated social media with entertainment news, and red carpet events. In other words, the arts meet social media world and through Tommy, he has added an enticing flare for his viewing audience.
Tommy is also a contributor for an impressive array of programs and channels, such as Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, TV Land Channel and Freeform TV Channel (previously ABC Family Channel). Seeing that Tommy is a big fan of films and television shows most of his adult life, he enriches and respects talented individuals and the creative process that is involved in the making of motion pictures and films. In return, this is a reflection in the way he proficiently hosts celebrity interviews and the coverage of Hollywood events.
For me personally, I am grateful for Tommy’s positive demeanor with his approach on life and unequivocal daily words and advice he generously shares. Furthermore, I am especially thankful for Tommy, as he was one of my Editorial reviewers of my first published book of poems that meant the world to me.
Without further ado, I am privileged to have the amazing opportunity of presenting Tommy Geraci on my Arts & Entertainment Features:
Tell us about yourself?
This is always hard for me, I’m used to asking the questions but I’ve been forcing myself to get used to it more. I was always painfully shy, especially as a child. I mean, I was very outgoing around family and friends but in big crowds, even in school, I was quiet and reserved.
I really didn’t become outgoing until I discovered social media and was introduced to this whole world of events, friends, and gatherings. I have to say, sometimes the old me does try to come through to say he’d rather die than be so public but thank goodness he doesn’t win often.
I do still value my down time and can be totally happy staying home on a weekend watching reruns of the Golden Girls, Will and Grace, and catching up on TV while I clean, write, and read. I also value my time with family and friends. They keep me going, grounded, and help give me courage. Plus, I need to laugh about silly things as often as possible!
I think my involvement with NOH8 really started my journey of being more outgoing. I felt like it gave me my voice, made it OK to be ME, and even gave me a sense of responsibility to show others they can do it too.
How did you get started as an entertainment journalist?
I’ve always said, I was the kid who was pretending to co-host Entertainment Tonight instead of playing cops and robbers. I have always had a great fascination and appreciation for TV, Music, Movies, Actors, and anyone in the entertainment industry. I don’t really “fan” over people but I do value their talent and contributions.
I wouldn’t really call myself an entertainment journalist, more of a blogger who specializes in entertainment. It was a natural progression from my involvement on Twitter. My favorite thing to do in the beginning was to interact with my favorite actors, musicians, and entertainers. I had toyed with the idea of doing a blog dedicated to entertainment and social good and then, as often happens, a good friend suggested I let him help me set up an official blog. A spark always becomes a fire when someone else believes in you.
From the blog and through social media, I met so many amazing people and was invited to participate in the most awesome events like the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, etc with Vanity Fair. I also developed a relationship with TV Land that I cherish. They refer to me as the ultimate Super Fan but truly, they have some quality shows that I have been privileged to see live when I’m in LA.
I have been very lucky that the progression has been so positive!
What is it like to be a red carpet reporter?
It is so much fun, so thrilling, and also very fast paced and usually HOT. Being a social media correspondent allows me to share with my community and give them a peek at what is going on through photos and videos. When I can interview an actor on the red carpet, even for a few seconds, it is surreal. I feel like I’m living out my childhood fantasy.
I am also a celebrity handler for conventions as one of my gigs so it is always so much fun to run into one of the actors I have worked with for a weekend when I’m on the carpet. It’s like seeing an old friend.
What is your most memorable moment as an entertainment journalist?
Wow, there really are so many moments and I know that sounds cheesy but it’s very true. I have met so many people that I admire and have had so many conversations in private with them. I think the private moments are the highlights and most memorable for me. The stuff I can’t share will live in my heart forever!
It’s the friendships that are most special.
If I have to give a moment, I would say my very first red carpet. I covered, The One Direction Movie premiere in NYC with The Insider and Keltie Knight was the reporter who was working the event. She really was so generous with me. I wasn’t sure what to expect being the social media correspondent but she walked me through what would happen and gave me a few tips. Once I had done that one, the rest seemed to come naturally.
Which entertainer or celebrity made you speechless?
I don’t get speechless often and I don’t really get star struck. I was nervous when I met Kirstie Alley for the first time but that went away very quickly. She is just so warm, with a big heart and fun to be around.
More recently, at the Young Hollywood Oscars party, Joe Jonas made me stutter a bit. He really is good looking but really cool.
Last year on the red carpet for the Young Hollywood party during Emmys week, I believe, Jack Falahee (How to Get Away with Murder) had me a bit speechless. He’s so well spoken and his eyes are just piercing. But again, very friendly and cool.
For those who aspire to be a journalist in the entertainment field, what valuable advice may you offer them?
In the beginning, expect to work for free, a LOT. It takes dedication and lots of hours of networking, going to events, and dressing up, even in the heat and rain. Put your best foot forward, always. It isn’t something to get into if you just want to meet celebrities or you want to fan over everyone. It also isn’t something you can go into if you want to act like you know everyone. Never lie about who you know or what you have done. If you’ve covered an event remotely, say that. It’s easy to get caught saying you were at something you didn’t actually attend.
Also, never steal other people’s photos who are actually attending an event and say they are yours. That’s a good way to get a bad reputation. When I am covering the Emmys or Oscars with Vanity Fair, I am at a party held at a different location so I never say I am at the actual event. The venues I am at during these award shows are just as amazing and glamorous but I would never want to deceive anyone. When I am actually at an event or on a red carpet, you know I’m really there.
It is always fun but there is always work that needs to be done, you have to be professional and mindful of that.
So far, to date, what has been your most exciting moment in the entertainment field?
Again, so many to choose from. The time I covered the Golden Globes red carpet was particularly exciting. There were so many big stars like Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Rob Lowe, and just about everyone who is anyone. I got some great photos that day! Hopefully the MOST exciting is still yet to come!
Through entertainment, how do you make a difference about important issues?
Anytime you have a platform and no matter how big or small it is, the best thing you can do is to find a way to be a voice for the voiceless. Find something you are passionate about and then find ways to advocate about that. The most rewarding thing is to know you have helped someone else. I have made some valuable connections just by speaking out about being shy, being bullied, and through my involvement with NOH8. There are young people from all over the world who simply need to see other people living their truth so they know it is OK to live theirs.
I tend to gravitate toward those celebrities who do the most charitable work like Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Kirstie Alley, Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley (NOH8 Campaign), Jack Falahee, and so many others. If you follow them on Twitter, you’ll see all the great causes they advocate.
What up and coming projects are next for you?
The very next thing I’m doing is working Dragon Con in Atlanta as a celebrity handler. Dragon Con is one of the largest conventions, not quite as big as San Diego Comic Con but pretty large! I’m not exactly sure who I’ll be working with but I always have the best time doing it!
The week after, I’ll be at NYFW (New York Fashion Week) with KYBOE Watches. It’s always fun to see the new line for the season and the parties are amazing!
Then I’ll be heading to LA for the Emmys with Vanity Fair again and bringing you some great coverage of the amazing panels they set up for us. I love the way they bring in people from the television industry to discuss their craft with us. I really am an entertainment geek when it comes to all of that and I’m totally proud of it!
After that I have a trip to Gail Springs (a resort in Canada) where I’ll be bringing you information on their retreats and programs. I’m excited about that because it’s all about centering and bettering yourself.
I’ll also be at the Grand Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to bring you even more spa experiences in October.
In November, I have another celebrity convention in Atlanta and also EyeCon’s Return to Tree Hill convention in Chicago.
Do you have a personal blog or site that you share with your audience?
My blog is www.Teeco71.com, where you can find the interviews I do. I try to do them pretty regularly. There are so many interesting people to talk to, I could do that 24/7.
I also have the website www.SociallyDvoted.com which I am not as good at updating these days but I’m trying to find more time for that! I would like to use that to recommend TV Shows, Movies, and music to everyone.
Images provided by Tommy Geraci and written (intro & questions) & editing by Hadel S. Ma’ayeh ©Copyright 2016, All rights reserved.
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