Home » Activities » How I Ended Up in the Toronto Star

Vicky Weiss being photographed by Rene Johnston

News Flash:  I am going to be in the Toronto Star on Wed. Feb. 2nd, and I’m so excited about it that I’m blogging about it before the paper arrives!!

Here’s how it happend:

10:00 a.m. I receive a text from @savvari asking me if I am working from home due to the snow and to email her contact at the Toronto Star if I’m interested in being interviewed.

10:14 a.m. I send an email to her contact explaining that I’m a food sales rep who drives thru the GTA to visit accounts. I also write “clearly won’t be on the roads tomorrow” and leave  my name and phone number

10:17 a.m. My phone rings and it’s Francine Kopun from the Toronto Star!. She asks me a few questions and even though we have never met ,we get along famously over the phone. She also asks me if I would be interested in being photographed for the article. I reply “no problem” (as I said this I realize that I have no make up on and my hair is in a pony tail).

I then visit some accounts and while I’m at Shoppers Drug Mart on Dufferin, I ask beg the clerk at the make up counter,  if she would kindly put some make up on. Thankfully she agrees!! (phewww).

12:51 p.m I received a phone call from Rene Johnston, who is a photo journalist at the Toronto Star. We agree to meet at Leslie/Eglinton as he wants to take some shots of me in Sunnybrook park

1:30 p.m. Rene and I meet at the designated location.  He is so charming that I immediately forget that I am about to be photographed for a major newspaper.

He takes photos of me inside the car, outside the car, while I’m driving, while I’m parking etc. While he is busy clicking away he says “sex and chocolate” and of course I immediatlely smile and laugh. He’s a true professional.

2: 31 p.m. I send an email to Francine to tell her that Rene was awesome and that both of them make my day brighter!!

2:32 p.m. I send an email to @savvari (Sandy) thanking her for putting me in contact with Francine.

3:20 p.m. I received an email from Francine with the copy she has written for the article. (you will have to read the Toronto Star…I’m so mean, eh?)

I’m now blogging about this at 10:00 p.m .and there is STILL no snow on the ground.  But I know it’s on the way….right?

Once again, many thanks to Sandy, Francine and Rene (and twitter too)!!

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

, , , , , ,

6 Responses to “How I Ended Up in the Toronto Star”

  1. Andrea K
    February 1st, 2011 at 21:32 | #1

    This is exciting! Congrats 🙂
    I’ll check you out tomorrow!

  2. Sandy Avvari
    February 1st, 2011 at 21:44 | #2

    Great post Vicky! I’m glad I could help and I knew you would be PERFECT for this 🙂 Can’t wait to see the article!

  3. mc in Toronto
    February 1st, 2011 at 22:19 | #3

    still no snow here downtown either. I heard there is in Oakville. Congrats.. can’t wait to see your SEX n CHOCOLATE smile! lol

  4. February 2nd, 2011 at 15:11 | #4

    Opened up the paper this morning and there was Vicky!!
    You looked great and I will definitely keep the Ent & Living section for posterity.
    You go girl – or rather in this case, you stay home!

  5. February 3rd, 2011 at 07:51 | #5

    so awesome V!

  6. dale
    February 3rd, 2011 at 14:30 | #6

    All the best.

Add reply