Reporting From The Red Carpet
Here’s What It’s Like Being the Youngest Reporter on the Red Carpet
By Julia Schemmer
For reporters in the entertainment industry, our work has begun. It’s award show season, causing broke journalists to find yet another new dress from Nordstrom, the endless Instagram selfies, and the latest dish on our favorite celebrities. However, when you’re seventeen years old and reporting on the carpet, things are a little bit different.
I began reporting in August 2014, at the Emmy’s Style Lounge. Being a contributing writer for several companies allowed me to find different aspects for a story, but it’s also been a journey of finding what’s news and what’s not. Since August, I’ve had the opportunity of reporting at various plays, the American Music Awards, and most recently, the People’s Choice Awards. I had the extraordinary opportunity of meeting some of my favorite celebrities, including Imagine Dragons, 5 Seconds of Summer, and One Direction.
To me, what’s been better than reporting on the red carpet has been the journalists I’ve been able to meet. Although we begin the night as strangers, by the end of the event, business cards, Twitter handles, and the promise of a powerful friendship are exchanged. I’ve learned more about journalism from people who get to do it daily as their job than I’ve learned in books, classes, or WikiHow articles.
As a teen reporter, I’ve also faced discrimination. Many people look at my teen personality as a downside, rather than a fresh face to the entertainment industry. At the People’s Choice Awards, someone approached me and said, “I used to be the youngest on the carpet,” as if they were fostering bitterness towards me without even meeting me. It’s been a journey of proving myself, of increasing my professionalism, and of finding out what I need to change, in order to be the best reporter I can be. It’s been an adventure of overcoming my innate shyness and awkwardness, and following my dreams relentlessly.
Next month, I turn eighteen years old (!!). Not only will I become a legal adult, but my entire life will get flipped upside down. One day, reporting won’t just be a hobby of mine on top of a million other things, but it’ll be the job that I go to every morning. Los Angeles won’t just be a place I get to occasionally visit, it’ll be my home. One day, there will be a teen reporter just like me, eager for opportunities and exposure in the media industry, and I cannot wait for that day. I cannot wait to look into their eyes and to validate their passion, answering any questions they might have about our field or providing any help they might need.
But for now, I’m not stopping anytime soon. It’s time for the teens to finally dominate, to shamelessly share our voice in one accord. For teens struggling with being called ‘too young’ to enter their dream career, prove them wrong. Listen to their advice and learn from their experience, but take opportunities as they come. Don’t wait for news to break, be the one to break the silence. Get up, darling, because it’s time for you to change the world.