I recently had the pleasure of speaking with busy mom, blogger and reality TV producer, Karri-Leigh Mastrangelo who has worked on such hit shows as "The Bachelor", and just wrapped up production on NBC's "Surprise Surprise with Jenny McCarthy", to discuss what life is like as one of the top reality TV producers in the industry, and her blog, Dirty Laundry & Diapers which has been published on LA Parent Magazine and Hello Giggles,to name a few!
Candace Rose: As an accomplished producer, busy mom and blogger, can you tell us a little bit about what a typical day is like for you?
Karri-Leigh Mastrangelo: "The only thing typical about my day is that there is nothing typical about it! When I am shooting a show, I am in the grind 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When we are in pre or post production, office days are certainly longer than bankers hours, but way less than during a shoot. The reward for all that hard work, though, is the time in between shows, when I can be a mom all day every day. Right now, I am wrapping up a three week stay-cation. I've cooked, read, written and had more toddler dance parties than most parents have time for in a year. But now, it's back to work."
Candace Rose: You've produced shows such as "The Bachelor". Can you tell us what you're working on next?
Karri-Leigh Mastrangelo: "The Bachelor was a wonderful home for me for over four years, but it has been exciting to venture into new things. As the mother of two young girls, working with Sally Ann Salsano on 'Mama Drama' for Vh1 was such an insane experience. The show focuses on the close (maybe even too close) relationships between mothers and their adult daughters. While most moms were teaching their girls how to french twist their hair for the prom, these moms were teaching their girls how to french kiss their dates- and more. We shot in Las Vegas and it's fair to say that what happened there will definitely not be staying there. Keep an eye out for the July 18th premiere! Most recently, I did 'Surprise Surprise with Jenny McCarthy' for NBC. I love to do a feel-good show every now and again, and this was the ultimate chance to reward unsung heroes. It was also my chance to work with Justin Bieber, which was incredible. Everyone will get to see that in late July, as well. Now, I'm headed back to the dating world, with NBC's 'Ready For Love', hosted by Giuliana and Bill Rancic, Executive Produced by Eva Longoria. I can't wait."
Candace Rose: What inspired you to become a blogger?
Karri-Leigh Mastrangelo: "I've always loved to write, but rarely made the time to do it. Then I kept remembering a promise I made to my Grandfather years ago that I'd never stop writing. I finally rededicated myself to it and learned that the more I wrote, the clearer the world became."
Candace Rose: Can you tell us about your blog Dirty Laundry & Dirty Diapers?
Karri-Leigh Mastrangelo: "I think 'Dirty Laundry & Dirty Diapers' is so much more than a Mom Blog. I don't drive a minivan, I'm not in a Mommy's Group and I don't waste money on a gym membership that I'll never use. I have a nose ring and just got the latest of several tattoos. So I'm not the average mother, and I don't fake that I am. My perspective is a unique one. The blog has a little bit of everything- celebrity, television, pop culture and parenting- but all through the eyes of a working mom in Hollywood. So there is something for everyone to relate to."
Candace Rose: One of your blog posts was recently published! Congratulations! Can you tell us more about the post and what inspired you to write it?
Karri-Leigh Mastrangelo: "I am a huge fan of HelloGiggles.com and am so inspired by their work. Therefore, I wanted to write something for the site that I really believed in, and that their audience could really relate to. Good or bad, each of us has a connection to or history with our father. So with Father's Day right around the corner, I chose to write about something that was both on my mind and close to my heart. After I chose the topic, the rest was simple."
Candace Rose: Do you have any advice for moms looking to start blogging?
Karri-Leigh Mastrangelo: "I was so terrified to start a blog. I was worried that I wouldn't have the time, and that people wouldn't read it. You have to put that all out of your head and just write. As long as you are speaking about something relevant to you, chances are it will touch someone else. Be honest, and don't worry about being controversial. It is the controversy in our lives that we try to hide that make us who we are, and that's what people most want to read. I think reality television works the same way. It gives the audience something to think about, something to get heated up about, so it takes their mind
off their own trials. It is an escape, and what a wonderful thing to provide for someone."
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional mom tips or information you'd like to share with us?
Karri-Leigh Mastrangelo: "Obviously my schedule is a tough one, so I really try to make my time with my girls special. I'm almost embarrassed to say how crafty I am… I have a scrapbook for each of my kids, and they love to get in on the fun. Just last week I took my 4 year old to "Color Me Mine" to paint pottery and I was more into it than she was, which says a lot. I find that embracing my own creativity helps them embrace theirs, and really creates wonderful moments for us together. Also…write stuff down. So many moms feel guilty about not keeping a baby book for their kids. I've simplified that by making notes in my day planner. That way I know what happened when. Now all I need to do is find the time to transfer it all somewhere special!"
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Karri-Leigh Mastrangelo: "I blame my sister Jeni Elizabeth for getting me hooked on Twitter. I made a joke to Pauly D one time that she loved and demanded that I start a Twitter account to put it out there. I have been hooked ever since! You can find me at @karri_leigh. There's also lots more to learn about me and what I do on my Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/karrileigh.mastrangelo And of course, I'd
love to hear what people have to say about the blog! Don't be scared… Whether you love something or hate it, leave a comment and let me know!"