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Rising Star Judy Goss on why it’s so important to have more diversity represented in film and television

I can list 100 reasons why we should have diversity and the first one is appreciating cultures that make up the fabric of our country. I’m Hispanic, so it touches me personally to think about how we can lift up our minorities to be included in everything we do. Secondly, giving people opportunities who may […]


I can list 100 reasons why we should have diversity and the first one is appreciating cultures that make up the fabric of our country. I’m Hispanic, so it touches me personally to think about how we can lift up our minorities to be included in everything we do. Secondly, giving people opportunities who may not have as many as others do is something that everyone should be doing — paying it forward — and third, to show our children we can be examples of not discriminating people by purposely walking hand in hand and remaining equal with every type of human being no matter what color, background or ethnicity.


As a part of my series about pop culture’s rising stars, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Judy Goss. Judy is a TV personality and most recently the host of AWE’s luxury real estate show “Behind The Gates.” She is also a red carpet host, emcee, entrepreneur and author who interviews A-list celebrities, hosts her own shows and works as a regular TV contributor all across the country on NBC and FOX. She has appeared or been featured on every major television network repeatedly in addition to being featured in a vast array of magazines, blogs, newspapers and radio shows about her life, her women’s empowerment show and her national networking company and conference, What Women Want®. Judy is currently the host of What Women Want Show which has reached 1.5 million downloads since inception. Originally, writing and reporting about women’s stories was how Judy’s nationally acclaimed networking community was born in 2010, What Women Want®, with several regional chapters across the country hosting monthly live events and a national annual conference in Atlanta. In the press constantly because of Judy’s background, What Women Want has become a force to be reckoned with in the women’s networking industry. Judy is also a motivational speaker who has presented in front of audiences of thousands about triumphing through adversity, women’s and girls’ social issues and more. Judy was chosen to interview A-list celebrities as a More Magazine Editor/Better TV Correspondent and also hosted her own show on Better TV. She was honored to interview former first lady Laura Bush in a private sit-down and other notable women on the red carpet such as Barbara Corcoran, Nora Ephron, Jean Chatzky and even stars like D.M.C. from the famed rap group “Run DMC” and many more. Other hosting gigs have included interviewing on the Red Carpet for the Long Island International Film Expo and the National Reinvention Convention as well as a regular TV Host of NYC’s Entertainment Show “City Buzz,” McCormick’s “The Cooking Show” and a live, virtual round-table discussion for Playtex with world- renowned pediatricians. As the author of “Break Into Modeling for Under $20” published by St. Martin’s Press, Judy achieved national press and acclaim for her book being touted as the “go-to guide” for anyone wanting to venture into the modeling industry. Judy is on the advisory board for StopCAIDNow as a Media/Marketing adviser, a national business partner with Girls Inc., and is a certified volunteer for the New York chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation and lives with her husband and twin girls in New York.


Thank you so much for doing this with us Judy! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?

I’m from a small town in Maryland just outside of Washington, D.C. (mostly no one has heard of it) called “Olney.” I grew up with my parents working for the public school system, and a brother who eventually became a missionary in South Africa and traveled the world building churches and helping people. I am told I was shy in high school, which shocks me because all I want to do now is be in front of a TV camera with millions of people watching. I attended University of Maryland where I was on the kickline and I guess got over my shyness 😊 It was there that I was discovered as a high-fashion model and I took a break my senior year from school to live in Europe, New York City and Miami and ended up working for the biggest names in the business such as L’oreal, Armani, Elle Magazine, Marie Claire, Glamour, several world famous photographers and many other incredibly talented people around the globe.

Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?

It was much later in life when I got a corporate job as a magazine editor at More Magazine after working at an ad agency and thought I would be in corporate the rest of my life. But after working there a few months, they asked me to be their TV spokesperson and it was there that I discovered my passion for being in front of a TV camera (as opposed to a camera that took still photos like in my past as a model). I quickly discovered I had a natural talent for being on TV in addition to my passion for it, and my first interview was a private sit-down with Barbara Bush for More’s TV partner, Better TV. Then I emailed the president of Better TV and told him that he should give me my own show interviewing entrepreneurs around NYC, and he did! Ever since then I’ve been a lifestyle expert on hundreds of segments around the country for both local and national networks, hosted numerous shows, and now I work continually as a TV host I’m grateful to say.

Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?

I have a lot of interesting stories…one of the most interesting was that my first interview ever as a TV Host was with Laura Bush at a private sit-down with four or five (it seemed like twenty!) secret service agents lining the walls in that small room for the interview. I was already nervous because I didn’t know what I was doing, so to have all of those men surrounding us in suits was intimidating for sure! But she made me feel right at home and we started talking about us both having twin girls before the cameras started rolling — she was amazing at putting my mind at ease.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

It wasn’t funny then, but it is now…I didn’t make sure that celebrities approved ahead of time what title/role I was going call them when I introduced them, and Nora Ephron had a fit on the Red Carpet at an event when I introduced her as something she didn’t want me to say. It wasn’t wrong or a bad comment, but she had her own vision of what I should say and screamed at me in front of everyone. So now, I make sure right before a broadcast that I have the proper introduction as well as the correct pronunciation of their names 😊

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

I just finished two seasons of a show on AWE called “Behind The Gates” which is a luxury real estate show and I’m continuing to air my own show that reached 1.5 million downloads called What Women Want Show which is now streamed through Facebook Live on our show page. I have a couple of huge projects in the hopper that I can’t talk about yet, but if you follow me on social there will be some amazing announcements soon!

I’m very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?

I can list 100 reasons why we should have diversity and the first one is appreciating cultures that make up the fabric of our country. I’m Hispanic, so it touches me personally to think about how we can lift up our minorities to be included in everything we do. Secondly, giving people opportunities who may not have as many as others do is something that everyone should be doing — paying it forward — and third, to show our children we can be examples of not discriminating people by purposely walking hand in hand and remaining equal with every type of human being no matter what color, background or ethnicity.

From your personal experience, can you recommend three things the community/society/the industry can do help address some of the diversity issues in the entertainment business?

Education is big with me, so I believe that educating people on what the positive effects of including diversity in the workplace and beyond is crucial. I think we also need to report to the authorities more often when we witness discrimination and also more grants and funding from the government, or even just more awareness or service announcements for support, would be nice to help minorities produce and direct their own movies.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

  • I wish someone told me to just be myself when going on an audition because it would have made me less nervous when trying out for a part.
  • I wish someone told me how long it would take to get paid work in TV because I had no idea you had to do endless freebies before the big jobs came along. Well, I guess not everyone has to, but most people. The stereotype about actors waiting tables is too often very true.
  • I wish someone had told me to take more acting/hosting classes because I waited too long in my career to do that.
  • I wish someone had told me that meditation helps with the anxiety of waiting for the news about a booking after going on an audition. I now meditate every day LOL
  • I wish someone had told me that I could take a break when I started working a lot because I tend to burn myself out and I’m sure others do to because everyone’s afraid of the work ending suddenly.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Ha! I didn’t see this next question when I answered the last one but taking time out to give yourself a break is CRUCIAL — you’re more productive when you can take care of yourself and when you’re healthy and have a strong, positive mindset. Also, meditating is key to calming the mind and not feeling overwhelmed, but it takes a while to get into the practice of it — step by step with everything (that’s another tip!).

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

After having twin girls, I’m very passionate about eradicating sex trafficking. I would love for more people to get involved with learning how to be more aware of spotting a sex trafficker or knowing what we can do to help young girls avoid this horrifying scenario.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

My husband. I NEVER would have a TV career at this point in my life if it weren’t for him, he has been a Mr. Mom with our daughters at every age when I travel, he never has given up on my dream and never let me either. He is always there with the best advice as he used to be an actor, and the support is constant and ongoing even when I’m at my worst and feeling like I should give up. I met him 20 years ago, and he has never wavered from supporting what I dream about.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“Live every OTHER day like it’s your last” — in my opinion, we can’t possibly do that EVERY day, so shoot for every other. It goes along with my other favorite saying which is to take a small step forward no matter what — even if that step is just being grateful you’re still alive.

Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. 🙂

Tina Fey. I admire her wit, wisdom and creativity. Besides, she seems very down to earth and just fun to be around. I would like to infuse more humor in my life in general, and she may be able to give me a few tips!

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Instagram @judy.goss

Twitter @judygoss

Facebook @judygossmedia

This was very meaningful, thank you so much!

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