How to: Be Interviewed on Good Morning America

How to: Be Interviewed on Good Morning America

Hey Team!

Holy Geez! Twelve hours later and my mind is still going a million miles a minute. I couldn’t even remember most of what I said on Good Morning America today. It was a total out of body experience. However, I finally got a chance to watch the final product a few minutes ago and everything makes a little more sense now.

But where do I start?! The story about how I came to be on GMA is every bit as surreal as actually being interview by Robin Robertson!

I was in the subway with Justin (who I had just met outside the internet for the first time) and his wife. Obviously I had no cell reception. And it was coming up on six o’clock.

The three of us walk up the stairs for their first look at Times Square and predictably I start walking us in the wrong direction…a situation made worse by the sudden incessant ringing of my telephone.

I looked down and realized that I had accrued three text messages and two voicemails in the short time I had been underground. All three texts were from my little sister. Here are the actual texts in the order I read them:

5:44
“Oh Oh! Call me call me!!”

Geez, she always says that and then I end up helping her with her math homework.

5:48
“Seriously like NOW ASAP someone very very important is trying to get ahold of you”

That’s weird. If it’s that important why don’t they just call me themselves?

5:49
“Diane Sawyer wants to interview you tomorrow morning…”

WHAT?!?!

Apparently, the folks over at ABC News had seen another interview I had done and said, “Let’s get that kid on as soon as we can.” Followed closely by, “Oh man, he’s in New York RIGHT NOW!”

So after some private eyeing they came up with my Great Aunt’s phone number. Which led them to my Mom’s work number…where my sister happens to handle the admin and answering phones.

The next six hours were spent on the phone with various producers and writers while trying to balance seeing all the Team Amtrekker folk in NY I had wanted to see. (Ace, the intern that hooked me up with the Colbert Report. Abbey, the Six Flags HR rep that originally told me I only had two days to make it Kingda Ka last October. And Alek the awesome dude that set me up with hang gliding!) Followed closely by me frantically trying to fix any existing bugs on the site and updating any details I had been skipping not to mention a couple urgent phone calls to GoDaddy to make sure I had enough bandwidth to handle all the new visitors.

Bottom line: I got to bed at 3am. The alarm went off at five. And the GMA car picked me up at 5:45. I’ve had exactly two hours of sleep to prepare me for what has easily been the strangest most exciting day of my life to date…

And sadly for you that means I have to take a nap before I write about all the actual GMA hoopla including the chat with Mr. The Donald himself! (That’ll be up tomorrow!)

I’m done.

Brett.

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11 Replies to “How to: Be Interviewed on Good Morning America”

  1. You may not have had much sleep, but on GMA you looked oh so bright eyed and bushy tailed to all of us. You were fantastic and were really surprised to hear the Donald was on the phone so you could tell him he was FIRED. Fantastic Brett. Grandma

  2. Mr. Donald has never been fired before…Brett you were the first!!
    “And you’re fired!” hehehe that’s what you said!!

  3. Hooray for being on GMA! I have a fun story for you on this one. First, I was trying to decide the best way to get this story to you, figuring that after the exposure on GMA your inbox would be flooded, your wall on facebook would be going a mile a minute, and you were probably doing 50-million things — so I didn’t want to bug you with a text or phone call. But I figured over here at amtrekker, even if you yourself were so busy that you were sleep deprived for the next two weeks, your dearest fans, friends, and fam could at least be amused by this.

    As you know, I don’t really watch TV, and I’m the best worst fan ever, so I never check the site, so I didn’t know you were on GMA until this morning when I got an email from my best friend in Oregon, who I just talked to last weekend for the first time in AGES and of course had to give a big long life update to, including misadventures at Halloween and the Crayola Factory field trip. She sent me an email with the following:

    Okay, two things:

    – I started The Golden Compass last night, I read three chapters, and already I’m diggin’ it.

    -I turned on the tv this morning, and who do I see on Good Morning America but some guy named Brett talking about his list! Pretty funny!

    C

    I clapped my hands in glee.

    Just wanted to let you know that your fame has spread so far now that I don’t have to get an update from any of the numerous sites when something massively uber-cool happens, word-of-mouth gets to me first.

    Congrats! I hope GMA puts up a link to the video at some point so I can check it out for myself.

    Also…what are you doing this weekend, Mr. Amtrekker? I’m on a random road trip to Philly again. Seriously.

  4. Hooray for being on GMA! I have a fun story for you on this one. First, I was trying to decide the best way to get this story to you, figuring that after the exposure on GMA your inbox would be flooded, your wall on facebook would be going a mile a minute, and you were probably doing 50-million things — so I didn’t want to bug you with a text or phone call. But I figured over here at amtrekker, even if you yourself were so busy that you were sleep deprived for the next two weeks, your dearest fans, friends, and fam could at least be amused by this.

    As you know, I don’t really watch TV, and I’m the best worst fan ever, so I never check the site, so I didn’t know you were on GMA until this morning when I got an email from my best friend in Oregon, who I just talked to last weekend for the first time in AGES and of course had to give a big long life update to, including misadventures at Halloween and the Crayola Factory field trip. She sent me an email with the following:

    Okay, two things:

    I started The Golden Compass last night, I read three chapters, and already I’m diggin’ it.

    I turned on the tv this morning, and who do I see on Good Morning America but some guy named Brett talking about his list! Pretty funny!

    C

    I clapped my hands in glee.

    Just wanted to let you know that your fame has spread so far now that I don’t have to get an update from any of the numerous sites when something massively uber-cool happens, word-of-mouth gets to me first.

    Congrats! I hope GMA puts up a link to the video at some point so I can check it out for myself.

    Also…what are you doing this weekend, Mr. Amtrekker? I’m on a random road trip to Philly again. Seriously.

  5. I wanted to let you know that around Labor Day in September every year Virginia City, Nevada hosts camel and ostrich races. Get more info in any search engine. They usually have local tv and radio celebs race but anyone can do it. You may want to check it out. I just heard about you on GMA and I think what you are doing is great.

  6. Congrats on getting on GMA firing Donald Trump. Seems like your list is getting shorter almost every day. Keep it up man!

  7. I’m GEEEEEORGE PEEECHMANN! I’ve got a wooden spoon! Somebody help cure my itis!

  8. Brett,

    Hi. I saw your interview on GMA. I think what you are doing is awesome. Most people spend all their life stuck in the daily grind, and what they WANT to do takes a backseat until it is to late.

    Good Luck!

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