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My First Big Break

Larry King: My First Big Break

In celebration of Larry King‘s 80th birthday today, the mediabistroTV crew took the train down to Washington, D.C. to ask the iconic talk show host to look back on his long career and tell us how he got his first big break.

The current host of “Larry King Now” on ora.tv gave us some sage advice about interviewing guests and had some inspiring words for those toiling away unnoticed. King told us “listening is as important as asking” during an interview and if you’re good at what you do, someone will notice.

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Rosanna Scotto: My First Big Break

If you don’t live in the New York TV market, you may know her from the cable clip show “The Soup” as the woman who puts up with co-anchor Greg Kelly‘s antics.

Rosanna Scotto, morning anchor for New York’s FOX owned station WNYW, sat down with the mediabistroTV crew to talk about how being willing to work when no one else will can help you get your foot in the door and how the antics of world-famous director Woody Allen are what lead to her first big break.

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Jerry Springer: My First Big Break

Say the name Jerry Springer and the first thing that comes to mind might be a daytime talk show where people throw chairs at one other to make a point. So it may not be much of a surprise to discover Jerry got his start in politics.

The former lawyer, former campaign adviser for Robert F. Kennedy, former mayor of Cincinnati and former anchor for the city’s NBC affiliate has some sage advice: sometimes a career isn’t launched by one big break as much as it’s the result of being ready for anything.

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Antoine Fuqua: My First Big Break

If you’re looking to start a career, change careers or just feel like you’ve hit a plateau in your current career take five minutes and let Antoine Fuqua give you some inspiration.

Fuqua sat down with mediabistroTV and told the crew how his journey started when he was in the wrong place at the wrong time in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. He sprinkled in some college basketball, a little Caravaggio, some Akira Kurosawa and a few rap music videos and never quit chasing his dream.

Now, the director of the new action film “Olympus Has Fallen” is one of Hollywood’s premiere action film directors. But how he got there is a lesson even the best self-help guru can’t teach.

Fuqua’s latest movie, “Olympus Has Fallen” opens in theaters March 22.

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Al Roker: My First Big Break

Before he was everyone’s favorite forecaster on NBC’s “Today” Show, Al Roker paid his dues on the local TV circuit. The man who lives by the mantra “Don’t be a jerk!” has his own show “Wake Up with Al” on The Weather Channel, owns his own production company “Al Roker Entertainment,” has co-authored three mystery novels, written a couple of cookbooks, and a has penned a couple of New York Times Bestsellers.

So how did America’s favorite weather guy go from being a flannel shirt and overall wearing student at SUNY Oswego to media kingpin? Al said his first big break came from being in the right place at the right time when someone said the wrong thing at the wrong time.

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R.L. Stine: ERMAHGERD! My First Big Break

He makes his living scaring children and has been called the Stephen King of children’s books.

“Goosebumps” author, R.L. Stine sat down with mediabistroTV to talk about how finding a typewriter at the age of nine started him on his journey to becoming one of the most successful children’s book authors in history.

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Christiane Amanpour: My First Big Break

She believes in hard work and starting at the bottom. In this episode of My First Big Break, Christiane Amanpour talks about how escaping the Iranian Revolution with her family was the first step of a journey that took her from a local NBC station in Rhode Island all the way to the front lines of the first Gulf War as a reporter for CNN.

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Ken Burns: My First Big Break

When you hear a letter written by Thomas Jefferson being read by actor Sam Waterston or see a photograph showing the intensity in the eyes of a Civil War soldier, you know you’re watching a Ken Burns documentary.

In this episode of My First Big Break, the iconic filmmaker tells the MediabistroTV crew how he channeled his feelings of humiliation into his first masterpiece on the Brooklyn Bridge and reveals how his mother’s death sparked his need to bring the dead back to life, shaping the style we know today as the “Ken Burns Effect.”

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Spike Lee: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” we talk to legendary filmmaker Spike Lee.

While Lee is well-known for his movies, did you know that if it wasn’t for NBA superstar Michael Jordan and a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers, Lee–and Nike–might not be the icons they have become today? It all came down to a risky commercial shoot.

“So Michael Jordan could easily have said, ‘I can’t take a chance on this young gun, this young boy, just give me the reels of the top guys on Madison Avenue.’ But Michael Jordan didn’t do that,” the¬†Red Hook Summer¬†director recalls. “For some reason, he decided to give me a shot. And the commercial I did with Michael Jordan ended up being some of the greatest campaigns ever in the history of advertising and Nike took off.”

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Wendy Williams: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” daytime talk show star Wendy Williams talks about landing her first job in radio and abstaining from sex while she struggled early on in her career.

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