In my 30 years as a professional broadcaster I have had the good fortune of interviewing thousands of people. Many of those people have been famous athletes or celebrities. Of all the people I have ever interviewed Emmanuel Lewis is now one of my favorites.
The former child TV star and I sat down for a ten minute chat recently at the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Emmanuel is best known for his role as the leading character in ABC’s 1980’s hit TV show Webster. He is now starting his own production company called Wampum Nation. He also proudly and passionately continues to drive his Dreamcatcher charitable foundation.
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I sat down with Emmanuel but here’s what I got. One of the most refreshing interviews I have ever done. The now 41 yr old Lewis is bright, articulate, passionate, humble, confident, extremely engaging and just plain likeable. To me, the number one rule about great content is to make it a benefit to your audience rather than a feature that you do well. Emmanuel Lewis lives this. It is in every fiber of the bones in his diminutive (4’3”) frame. In his words: “Great content needs to come from a genuine passion….You can’t fake real”.
I encourage you to watch our interview. I promise you won’t be disappointed and if you’re looking for inspiration you just might come away with something that really matters to you.
For more content from the 2012 NAB Show, be sure to check out The Pulse on NAB show.