By Kristin Granero
Being an entertainment editor isn’t always easy. After all, you have to keep your finger on the pulse of a fast-paced and constantly-evolving industry, and manage to track down some of the biggest and busiest talent, among them a wide variety of personalities. But, if you play your cards right, it can also be a lot of fun (as in, hanging out with Ryan Gosling fun). Read on as three pros dish on some of the once-in-a-lifetime, teachable moments that make it all worthwhile in the end.
“One of my favorite memories is going to Budapest to work with Ryan Gosling for his last GQ cover (he was there shooting Blade Runner 2049 and worked with us on his weekend off). We went to several locations around the city, one being the famous Gellert bath house, where he got in the water in suit. While there, Ryan photobombed some tourists taking a photo and they were visibly annoyed. Little did they know it was RG! Another favorite GQ memory is working with Tom Brady in his home. It was so beautiful and he was so kind and inviting to our crew. I am fortunate to work with so many gracious and kind people—the kind who leave you better than when you first met them. That feeling also exists with the One Direction guys, which was during my Teen Vogue years. We worked with them once in this huge (potentially haunted) hotel called Hoar Cross Hall (think Downtown Abbey) and then went on their bus to the show that evening in Birmingham. We were crying laughing at the whole thing, it was so much fun. Years later, I made a cameo in their ‘Perfect’ music video, which was sweet. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into making these experiences a reality, but so thankful for the human experience behind it all. For example, I met Timothee Chalamet when he was on Homeland and cast him in a Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Portfolio. Now at GQ, I booked him on the cover for Call Me By Your Name. I love it when it goes full circle and I can continue to support people through the years on their journey as an artist.” – Dana Mathews, Senior Entertainment Editor at GQ
An Admirable Attempt
“My most memorable moment as an editor thus far was probably a terrible interview I had with a famous singer I admire, which sounds memorable for awful reasons, but it taught me a lot about the interviewing process. Even though she was giving me absolutely nothing, I had to keep my cool and be creative enough to think of new questions on the spot. Not only did it teach me that overpreparing for an interview is important, but also that hey, not everything you do is going to go the way you planned, no matter how much you research beforehand. In this industry you have to be flexible.” – Quinn Keaney, Entertainment Editor at Popsugar.com
The Star Treatment
“Being an entertainment editor definitely has its share of perks and moments you’ll always carry with you. One time I was asked to appear on E!’s former reality show, Christina Milian Turned Up, which of course focused on Christina Milian, her life and family. At the time, I was working on bringing her sister, Danielle, as a guest blogger for the site I worked for at the time. The show’s producers were interested in having me do it on an episode of the show, and in turn I also asked that we get as much exposure for the brand I worked for as possible. I ended up shooting two scenes and getting a few mentions on the episode. It was pretty surreal and still one of my favorite times in my career.” – Priscilla Rodriguez, Entertainment Editor at Her Campus & Founder of PopCultureBlush.com
Kristin Granero has 10 years of experience in journalism and digital media, having written for publications like Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Women’sI Health and Teen Vogue, and managed social campaigns for TV networks like HBO. When she’s not exploring the latest industry trends or serving up tips for Ed, she’s searching for the latest and greatest guac in New York City.