“I just like to talk,” she laughs, “I have always gotten into trouble for talking too much! I like to learn about people, and I’m more focused on asking questions than answering them. Everyone has an answer to share, and I like being able to help share their stories with viewers. I’m always intrigued by other people.”
Pamela Correia, creator and producer of the “New Hampshire Personalities” television show, didn’t always think that she would end up working in the media. “I still can’t believe that it’s taken off so quickly; we even have a waiting list for people to be featured on the program. It’s grown by leaps and bounds – I’m just so happy that we’re still on the air ten years later!”
As co-vice president for the Bedford Newcomers Club, Pamela went to a local access TV station in 1999 to see if she could create an infomercial for her club. Bill Jennings, the station director, noticed that Pamela seemed to love the camera and gave her the idea to come up with her own show.
“I thought it would be really fun to interview locals who exemplify excellence in what they do, like authors or chefs, basically the ‘celebrities of New Hampshire’,” says Pamela. “One really interesting person we featured was Master Richard An, a Tae Kwon Do champion. He has such a vivacious, energetic personality – he did all kinds of stunts on the show, and we got to learn about his life as well.”
Although the idea for the show was sparked by Bill Jennings, Pamela names some of her greatest supporters as her husband and children. “I just like to talk,” she laughs, “I have always gotten into trouble for talking too much! I like to learn about people, and I’m more focused on asking questions than answering them. Everyone has an answer to share, and I like being able to help share their stories with viewers. I’m always intrigued by other people.”
Fortunately, Pamela has not found it difficult to balance her profession with her family life. “It’s not too challenging to find the time to spend with my family, it’s getting the timing all worked out that’s the hard part. The older my children get and the more involved they become with extracurricular activities, the less time I have to spend on the show. It’s hard when you’re expected to be in two places at once, but I manage.”
Pamela shares some words of wisdom for those interested in pursuing a similar career. “If you’re ever interviewing someone and you see that they’re hesitant to answer the question, try to phrase it another way. It’s important to ask someone to share information, as opposed to invading their intellect. Interviewing is a great way to have someone’s personality shine. Be yourself, ask questions that you would want someone to ask you, but most of all, enjoy yourself!” After ten years of interviewing countless influential people, Pamela certainly has mastered this.