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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My First Magazine Article, “Don’t Let the Grinch Ruin Your Family’s Holiday”

Dr. Vondie's L.A. Parent Article, Don't let the Grinch Ruin Your Family's HolidayA funny thing happened on the way to this article in L.A. Parent magazine. I was almost on the news talking about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 60-Minutes interview.

The day after the 60-Minutes interview, I got a call asking: 1) Was I available to do the news that night? 2) Had I seen Arnold’s interview?

They wanted a Marriage & Family Therapist to discuss his comments about his marriage and infidelity. But, I had to have watched the interview.

I let them know I was available. And I had watched Arnold’s interview! So, we were on!

I got the call just before 5 pm. And they wanted me for the 6:00 news in about an hour. I had a 5:00 client, so I couldn’t make it in time. But, we agreed they would come to my office in Glendora at 8pm. That would still give them enough time to get the segment on the 10 or 11:00 news that night.

I didn’t know if I would be met by a camera crew or if I would be interviewed by an actual reporter. But, either way — I was really excited.

I had let my professional organization know earlier in the year that I was available to talk to the media. But, this was the first time they were actually calling me. I had media training so I knew I needed to make myself “camera ready” and have a quick bite to eat. My “wardrobe” was already picked out and hanging in the closet, for just such an occasion.

I raced home after my client and shared the big news with my husband, Henry. I was telling him about the call and eating my dinner standing up in our kitchen, when I got an email on my phone. The reporter was running behind and wasn’t gonna make it. He was on a live shoot and there just wasn’t enough time.

Of course I was disappointed. But, I’ve learned things happen very quickly in the media world. So, I didn’t take it personally. There were some back and forth phone calls, while I waited to see if they wanted me to meet them at the studio.

During those calls, I was asked — Would I ever be available for the weekend morning news? I would need to be at the studio at 4:30 am to be on between 5 and 7. I might have gasped when I heard 4:30. But, I also let them know I would love to do it. We also discussed other possible opportunities for the future.

We left it where I would only get another call if they decided they wanted me to come to the studio. And I didn’t hear anything else that night.

But, later in the week, I got an email asking if I would like to help out with an article about the holidays and money. I was thrilled they had something else for me so soon. So, of course I said, “Yes.”

So, here it is. My first magazine article, Don’t Let the Grinch Ruin Your Family’s Holiday. I hope you enjoy it. :)

And stay tuned.* You never know where I may pop up next!

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* And click here to find out where you can pick up a copy of L.A. Parent magazine

Vonda (“Vondie”) Lozano, Ph.D., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Hypnotherapist. She’s been featured in Cosmopolitan, the Wall Street Journal and on KABC Talk Radio. Vondie offers hypnosis, counseling, and workshops in Ventura. Nearby cities include Camarillo, Ojai and Oxnard.

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  • Monica Sedberry

    Very nice Vondie! i posted to my Facebook:)

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