Growing up, I went to the Palisades Mall in Nyack, New York, all the time with my friends. In high school, it was our hangout on Friday nights. So, as you can imagine, going back there now, all these years later, to cover an assignment following the Jonas Brothers around for MTV News — the job I told everyone in high school I would have one day — is quite mind-boggling.
First off, traveling to the Westchester airport to attend a press conference featuring the most famous group of guys in the world is pretty cool as it is, but it's not often that these types of assignments give you the opportunity to go home, even if it's only for a few hours. To say the least, it was a trip.
But back in the day, I loved the Backstreet Boys. I idolized Nick Carter the way girls idolize Nick, Joe and Kevin today. So, waiting in that movie theater room in that mall and seeing the sheer excitement on the faces of all those girls was pretty funny. I was once one of those girls in that very room — except the Backstreet Boys never showed up.
Now, of course, I get to hang out with guys like the JoBros for my job. The job I envisioned I would have when I was one of those girls. Now, I get to travel in police motorcades and private jets and be a part of the embedded crew of journalists that follow the moves of this generation's teen idols.
All in all, not too shabby a job for a girl from New Jersey.