Just a few months after Bryan Adams got his first real 6 string... I was born in the beautiful metropolis of Torrance, Ca. I grew up however, in Palos Verdes. PV is a wonderful beach suburb that I could never afford now. After graduating as a proud PV Sea King (that is the mascot) I attended and graduated from the University of Arizona. That's the one in Tucson with the good basketball team. NOT ASU , the school with the little purple sundevil on their helmets.
Now to the good stuff. A lot of people ask me how I got started in TV. We'll it was a fluke. The News Director at KMIR in Palm Springs thought I had TV experience. He looked at my resume and thought it said KRQQ TV. What it really said was KRQQ-FM. Not that playing top 40 tunes is a bad thing, but it's definately not television news. I had to learn how to shoot a camera, edit, run the teleprompter, floor direct, work the studio cameras and report in about a week. Oh, I almost forgot. The station couldn't pay me, so I had to get a job at a 4 star hotel as a cabana boy! I actually made more money giving away towels, then the anchors made at the station. Before I knew it I was on the air. They call it a one man band. You do everything, including placing the camera on a tripod, pushing record and running in front of it to speak about the news of the day. Then you hope you were in focus and the tripod was level. After about a year of melting in the desert, I built a decent resume tape and headed up north to look for a real gig. I landed in Reno.
I got my first anchoring job in Midland Texas. I made 14 thousand dollars to start, and topped out at 18 thousand. I love Texans though. They talk so fast, my last name soon became Fiber, not Feinberg. A huge contrast from my next job in Birmingham Alabama. In the Heart of Dixie, Feinberg had about 3 or 4 syllables. By the way, if you told me in college I'd be living in Midland Texas or Birmingham Alabama, I would have laughed in your face.
In the mid-90's I started climbing the ladder and worked in bigger markets. Seattle, Austin and LA. The stories were a lot more interesting to cover. Small markets pretty much consist of city council meetings and college news.
By 2002, I was back in LA. I almost immediately started at E! freelancing. It started as a two week trial period, but management kept asking me to come back. Before too long, I was hired on as an entertainment correspondent. Check out my celebs page. It lists a bunch of stars I've interviewed. By far this was the best job. I covered huge premieres like X-Men 2, The Matrix 2, Shrek 2, Daredevil, and Charlies Angels. Visited movie sets including SWAT, Be Cool, Fat Albert and The Fantastic 4. Hung with television stars on their sets. Some shows included CSI, Friends, The Practice, 8 Simple Rules, and That 70's Show. Plus all the big awards shows. Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and The American Music Awards.
I'm no longer doing the news, but I am still helping out with Comcast On Demand for E! Meantime, I've shot some pilots, worked a little for MSNBC's Entertainment shows and did some modeling.
Whenever I get frustrated about not working enough, something usually sucks me back into the limelight. So I'm not signing up for the real estate test just yet.