blog » September 12, 2012 by Elisa Schmitz

#30SecondMom Live from the @RickiLakeShow with #FriendsofRicki! by Elisa Schmitz

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#30SecondMom Live from the @RickiLakeShow with #FriendsofRicki!

Just got back from a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles, where several 30Second Mom contributors and I participated in the “Power of Social Media” episode of the Ricki Lake Show. What an absolute blast! As a founding member of the #FriendsofRicki social/TV community, it was amazing to meet up once again with other founding members and meet more of the growing community.

Ricki with our section of the audience full of social media influencers.

Sunday night, we attended a meet-up at the Four Seasons

With the fabulous Dabney Porte and Elizabeth Traub.

Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, organized by my friend Dabney Porte. I connected with so many fantastic people, including 30Second Mom contributors Elizabeth Traub (who I met IRL for the first time, yet it felt like I’d known her forever) and Joani Plenty (who I had met once before, so it was like seeing an old friend).

With the sensational Christine Hinkley Trice and Meredith Schneider.

Check out my pictures for other amazing encounters.

My amazing friend Bryan Moore, director of social media for the Ricki Lake Show.

Monday it was off to the show bright and early, with Elizabeth driving our crew of Dabney, Meredith Schneider and me to the Culver City Studios.

With my lovely friend Lori Moreno.

There, we met up with yet another 30Second Mom contributor, Angela Chee, who I had met IRL once before (at the home of fellow 30Second Mom Kaira Rouda). 30Second Mom truly feels like a sisterhood to me, and it was so great to catch up with everyone!

And I can’t forget my brotha, the fabulous Stephen Dimmick! He’s one of those people who simply make you smile,

With my brotha Stephen Dimmick.

whether in person or online. And the unexpected pleasure of meeting new friends, like Susan Cross, who I hope will join the 30Second Mom team.

I could talk all day about the pure fun of these relationships, but I don’t want to forget about the primary reason for being there, which was Ricki herself! Quite simply, being on Ricki’s set was like hanging out with a bunch of girlfriends. Her crew makes you feel right at home, and then the moment you see her, you feel like you’re a part of her inner circle. She does her best to make everyone feel special, despite the demands on her as host of a new (and very cool) talk show.

With my 30Second Mom sisters Joani Plenty, Angela Chee and Susan Cross.

The theme of the show was the “power of social media.” Everyone in the audience was a social media influencer and we were all encouraged to photograph, Facebook and tweet live from the show. It was an incredible experience to combine our passion for social media with the power of broadcast television, and it truly felt like we were making history, as Ricki said.

After the taping, we toasted the premiere of the show with personalized cupcakes and cookies, and then, alas, I had to be on my merry way to the airport. But I took with me amazing memories and deepened relationships with wonderful people I am grateful to call my colleagues, and friends. Be sure to watch the show today – check your local listings for time and channel – and let me know what you think!

Joan Poindexter
What a great blog post Elisa! It truly was a amazing day of beautiful connections. Like a high school reunion, minus any drama or the need to be better than anyone else, lol. There was nothing but love all around and I loved spending time with you, as usual! xoxo
Elisa Schmitz
Totally agree, Joani, and it was so much fun to see you again, chica! Can't wait for our next get-together, soon! xoxo
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you, Shelia! Agreed that building relationships and collaborating toward mutual success is so important. Thank you for your support, it is greatly appreciated!
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you, Jackie! I will share it there. It was great to see you again, and I look forward to more opportunities to collaborate!
Wendy Wright
Looks like an absolutely incredible time! Love that you could Facebook, tweet, and take pictures during the live show! How fun!
Elisa Schmitz
Thanks, Wendy! It was a very cool experience, and the best part was being there with so many 30Second Mom chicas - we missed you! xoxo
Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP
Wow! It sounds like you had a blast. Oh no! I missed the show!
Elisa Schmitz
We had a great time! Next, I'm looking forward to finally meeting YOU in real life, chica! So fun! xoxo
Elizabeth J. Traub
And to think we all met through Social Media and just wanted to stay in each others space and embrace the moment. Truly an experience like no other. So here is my two cents. If you really love a new friend on Social Media, guess what you will love them ten times more in real life. Truth! Blessings and Love Elizabeth
Elisa Schmitz
So sweet, Elizabeth! Loved meeting you IRL, chica! xoxo

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