• May 6, 2021

Tori Tate Interview

Tori Tate

Photo by Sam Thomas

Tori Tate is Broadcasting Journalism Student at University of Tenessee. She been involved such university tv shows such as Fashion Forward which she was involved in everything in the production of show.  She would like to be a Fashion Journalist in 5 years time. She is a model as well, been in such publiciations as PB. So read on and find out why this talented gorgeous lady is going places.

1. How did you decide to study broadcasting/journalism at University/College?

I use to collect fashion magazine in middle school and high school. I was in love with the idea of constantly learning something new, as well as, finding a career in something I love like fashion. I entered the University of Tennessee expecting to go into magazine journalism; however, I had to join a media club for a class and picked the campus TV station. Ever since then, I have been in love with television production and reporting.

2. What have you learn so far from doing it?

Wow, I have learned so much about myself and the industry. The most important thing I have learned while working in television is to always expect the unexpected. Everything is constantly changing from stories to the technology used and by expecting the unexpected it is easier to be prepared.

3. What have you learned from being involved in the show fashion forward?

Well, that was the first show that I was able to fully take charge of, so it taught me how much I loved this job. I learned how to put together a show, write scripts, edit videos, and even host.

4. How do you think the internet/social media/bloggers have changed journalism?

They have made journalism more instant. Instead of waiting for the daily paper or nightly news cast, people can now access the stories they want to know about instantly online. It has also allowed for more citizen journalists to become involved in the stories that media companies report on, like the plane landing in the Hudson for example.

5. What do you think if Sopa was passed, how would it affect journalism?

If SOPA were passed the amount of information that journalists could research online would become significantly lower.

6. What do you hope your degree will do for you?

Not one-hundred percent sure yet, but I would love to work for ENews. If I could produce and report for E! Network I would be so thrilled. I want to be able to be creative with my work. I have currently been producing local news through my production class and I like it; however, I want a job where I can really be creative with video editing.

7. How has your life changed since doing Playboy?

Honestly, it really has not changed too much because of posing for playboy. I did not broadcast it because of where I live. The south is not quite as open to the idea of posing for Playboy since it is known as the bible belt of the U.S. I have gotten more recognition as a model though. I am currently doing modeling work for a local rock station as well as a new lounge that will be opening soon.

8. Why pose for in Playboy?

It started out actually as a joke.  I was producing Fashion Forward at the time and my co-producer wanted to cover a Playboy casting call that was happening in Knoxville. She signed me up for an audition without my knowledge.  After some convincing, I decided it would at least make a cool story for the show and I’ve always had an interest in modeling. So, we went to the audition and I actually landed the job.  It was so exciting and unexpected.

9 How did your parents respond to you being in Playboy?

They were not too happy about it. I was brought up in a Christian home and posing for Playboy went against some of the beliefs my parents had instilled in me.

10. Were you Nervous doing the shoot?

Yes and no. I felt nervous because I didn’t want to do a bad job, but I was more excited about the shoot than nervous.

11 How did it feel being the center of attention when doing the shoot?

Honestly, I really don’t enjoy being the center of attention. That is what makes me nervous most of all, but there was only a stylist, photographer, and assistant at the shoot so I felt really comfortable.

12 how have people responded when you tell them your in Playboy?

Everyone has responded fairly well. Of course there are people who do not agree with posing nude for a magazine, but I feel like most of the people that do know about it think it was a great opportunity for me.

13. Will do you do more modeling and Playboy stuff if it comes up?

I definitely will do some more modeling stuff. I want to continue to pursue my modeling career as along as I can. I don’t know if I’d pose for Playboy again. I had a wonderful experience, but that will be a decision I will have to make if the opportunity presents itself.

14. Where do eventually see yourself in five years time?

Hopefully living in California working as fashion journalist.

15. What’s your view on realty tv?

Reality tv can be very entertaining and at times even educational. However, I feel as though it has been taken too far. It puts people in celebrity situations that they may not be prepared for and can actually harm their life, such as balloon boy’s parents from a few years ago.

16. what would we find on your stereo at the moment?

You would find our local college rock station, two top forty stations, a modern rock station, a contemporary Christian station, and an oldies station.

17. would you ever like to travel overseas?

Yes. I have traveled to the Bahamas a few times but I would love to see the world. It has always been a lifelong goal to see as much of the world as I possibly can.

18. what your favourite thing to do when your not studying?

I love to go out with friends. Knoxville has a great nightlife scene, so I tend to go out with friends quite a bit. I also love the outdoors, so when I’m not studying I love to go to the park and play Frisbee golf.

19. Would you ever consider doing some acting?

Yes, I was involved in drama club in high school and have taken a theater class in college. I hope to eventually broaden my career to possibly acting as well, but for now it’s just one thing at a time.

20. What next for yourself?

I plan on finishing my journalism degree by May of 2013 and after that adventure into the unknown.


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