Entertainment Reporter / Deco DriveShireen Sandoval
As the current Entertainment/Features Reporter and Film Critic for WSVN's popular Deco Drive lifestyles show, Shireen Sandoval travels the World interviewing Hollywood's biggest stars. She also features all things celebrity in the Magic City.
Shireen isn't just on the celebrity scene, she's one of Miami's favorite fashionistas and expresses her love for all things fashion on her popular blog "Shireen's Favorite Things," featured on the WSVN website.
Ms. Sandoval started her broadcasting career as a Reporter/Anchor at the ABC and NBC affiliates in Amarillo, Texas. That's where her entertainment, lifestyles segment "Shireen On The Scene" was born.
By the early 2000's, the catchy phrase and her fun-loving reporting style fast-tracked her to the FOX affiliate in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she continued her "On The Scene" segments as the Features/Entertainment Reporter.
Shireen, who's been a member of the Channel 7 family for almost a decade, is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She holds a Bachelor of Science in both Broadcast Journalism and Theatre Arts from Eastern New Mexico University.
She's also worked as a freelance reporter for EXTRA, ESPN and ABC Family and is a distinguished member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association based in Hollywood, California.
1. Going back to when you first started with your organization to now, what has been your proudest personal accomplishment?
There are so many amazing things about working at WSVN & Deco Drive, but my proudest accomplishmentis definitely becoming a film critic for the Broadcast Film Critics Association (based in Los Angeles.) Channel 7 was instrumental in making this happen. They wanted me to grow as an Entertainment Reporter and fulfill my dreams of becoming a critic.
2. What do you enjoy the most about your work?
I love traveling and meeting new people. I also enjoy the writing aspect of journalism. I love it when a good story comes together.
3. Do you have a mentor; someone who has been there to guide you or consult with you when you needed their input?
My father. He's my rock. If I'm ever struggling with a story or a life decision, he's the first person I call.
4. You are out in the public arena quite often; who is the most interesting person you have ever met?
Wow! That's a tough one, as I interview the most famous people in the world. Oprah is the most interesting & intriguing person I've ever met. I love interviewing her. She's smart, wise and generous.
6. How have things changed for you through the years?
As a journalist, it's all about growing and changing with the times. I travel extensively around the world for my job and it's enriched me personally & professionally. It also gives me a deeper -understanding of community and a greater appreciation for my country.
7. What is your greatest strength(s) that makes you such an asset to your organization?
Having an extensive knowledge of film, fashion and Social Media.
8. What is your greatest challenge at this time?
Getting a full 8 hours of sleep!
9. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A jog on the beach, shopping for designer heels and a nice glass of red wine.
10. What is the most important thing you have learned through the years?
If you don't have your health, you don't have anything.
11. How do you relax?
I clean. I know it sounds strange, but cleaning relaxes me.
12. Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
I love going home to Santa Fe, New Mexico. I'm really able to escape and relax there.
13. What do you wish you could have a never-ending supply of?
Victoria's Secret hair spray.
14. If you found a treasure chest – and you could keep it, what would you want to be in it?
Great question. Can I reuse this for a celebrity? Let's see... A winning lottery ticket, a two dollar bill and lots of gold! I'd take silver, too.
15. How can we reach out to other people in the world?
16. Is there an inspirational book you have read that you would recommend to others?
I read a few books a week. Usually books being turned into movies. As far as inspirational, anything written or spoken by Neale Donald Walsch. He's a spiritual guru and motivator.
17. What can make you laugh?
Anything that comedian Kevin Hart says or does. He's a riot.
18. What can make you cry?
Severe Jet lag &F orrest Gump (the movie.)
19. Are you where you hoped you would be at this point in your life?
I believe that I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be. I live my life in the moment.
20. What do you still hope to accomplish?
I have yet to win an Emmy. Winning one would be amazing.
21. Is there a fond childhood memory you can share with us?
Watching my mother paint. She's an artist (oil is her medium) and she's very talented.
22. When you were a little girl, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?
I never wanted to be just one thing. I wanted to experience everything: teacher, doctor, actress and lawyer. You name it, I wanted to be it.
23. What is your vision and hope for the future?
To have an amazing personal life. There are a lot of sacrifices you make as a journalist. I'm still trying to find balance on the home front.
24. How do you want to be remembered by future generations?
As an Emmy-award winning reporter and a kind person. Oh, and stylish, too.
25. What do your want your epitaph to read?
She was a woman who knew her shoes... (lol).
26. Do you have a motto, or some words of wisdom, that has guided you through your life?
Actually, I have several:
1. Always be kind
2. This too shall pass
3. Never give up
27. What word best describes your life right now?
28. What is your proudest achievement?
Overcoming Guillain-Barre' Syndrome.
29. What is something your parents taught you that you will never forget?
Never let fear stand in the way of somethingyou want.
30. If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title of it be?
"Barbie Doll Boot-Camp"
Who is your hero?
The late Nelson Mandela
& Sue Grafton
31. In order to thrive and survive in the corporate workplace, we sometimes have to desensitize ourselves in order to get ahead. Not being real and authentic, isn’t that a big sacrifice to make?
I think there's a way to be professional, but at the same time be your authentic self. I think it's the key to the kingdom of success and it's different for everyone.
32. How does one hold on to their true self in the corporate world and still become successful?
Never compromise your values, work harder than you thought possible and love what you do.
33. How do you stay so motivated and committed?
It's easy for me to stay motivated & committed because I love what I do. If I feel tired, though, or overstressed - I head to the Keys to decompress.
34. When does someone know when it’s time to move on?
The heart and mind don't always agree, but if you listen closely to your inner voice, you willmore than likely know the answer.
35. What are your favorite leisure time activities or hobbies?
Reading, writing, long dinners with friends and shoe shopping.
36. What is your favorite sport?
I like to watch "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel." The show always features amazing athletes and inspiring stories. You probably wouldn't catch me watching sports per se, but I do admire athletes a great deal. I do like watching the Olympics.
37. Do you feel women have made progress in their quest to be treated fairly and equally in the workplace?
Yes, I feel there's been a lot of progress (especially in journalism.) but I think more could be made.
38. How does the “seasoned” woman compete in a marketplace that is focused on looking and being young?
I think having a specific skill set is important. Education, experience and growing with technology are important too.
39. Is there a special “aha” moment in your life when you knew “I get it now!”?
I have "aha" moments everyday. I think the important thing is to always be open to having teachable moments.
40. Are there any future trends you see in the marketplace for -------?
Social Media is a big part of the future of journalism. I think it has reshaped the way we present and tell the news.
41. You are evidently a very capable and talented woman/man, what other talent do you wish you had been born with?
I wish I was a better cook! I can make a mean salad, though.
42. Is there a saying, motto, or “words to live by” that is your favorite?
"It always seems impossible until it's done." Nelson Mandela
43. What is the best book you have ever read?
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
44. What’s the best movie you have ever seen?
Dr. Zhivago is my favorite.
45. What three things are always in your refrigerator?
Water, Diet Coke & left-overs.
46. What is your most treasured possession?
Any jewelry my mother gives me.
47. What is your greatest indulgence?
48. What is your favorite store for clothes shopping?
Koko & Palenki
49. What magazine do you look forward to reading each week/month?
Vogue & The Interview
50. What is your favorite restaurant?
Cafe Prima Pasta/Miami Beach
51. What will we find you doing on a Saturday night?
I work a lot on the weekends, but I love a good Saturday night dinner.
52. What is your favorite room in your house?
I love my closet. Does that count?
53. If your house was up for sale, and a potential buyer did a walk through, what would your home say about you?
I love the ocean.
54. What is your pet peeve?
55. What is your greatest strength?
I know how to ask a good question.
56. What is your greatest weakness?
I don't always know how to say NO.
57. What are you most disciplined about?
58. If there were a movie being made about your life, what actor/actress would best play you?
59. What is a moment you will never forget?
Landing my first reporting gig in Texas.
60. What is something you have learned from a pet?
61. If you were going to be on a Space Shuttle for about a year, what one item would you have to take with you?
62. Do you have a Fashion Addiction?
Yessssss! Shoes! I thought you'd never ask.
63. What is your favorite snack?
Junk food - Cheetos.
Health food - Celery
64. What is your favorite Ice Cream flavor?
I don't eat Ice Cream. It closes up my vocal cords.
65. What is your biggest fear?
Not spending enough time with the people I love.
66. What do you like the most about yourself?
My shoe collection.
67. What would you still like to learn how to do?
68. What do you have to say to all the young women/men out there ready to take on the future?
Believe and you will achieve
Go get 'em tiger!
69. How do we get our young people more interested in charitable giving and community volunteering?
You are so beautiful stop with all the cosmetic procedures.
Still beautiful after all these years!!!
I think you broke the record in answering almost 60 questions! Thanks for being part of my HAVE YOU MET!