East Bay’s Carolina Guzman is starting her journalism career with her first TV appearance … on “Sidewalks Entertainment.”
The young San Pablo, CA resident, who is a rising model and has competed as Miss San Pablo Latina and Miss Oakland Latina, is planning for a professional career in TV.
After years waiting because of scheduling, Guzman is finally making her TV debut as a special correspondent on “Sidewalks Entertainment,” a celebrity / music series produced in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her first opportunity was a short interview with famed baseball player Jose Canseco, who was in Concord, CA last weekend to promote his documentary film, “Jose Canseco: The Truth Hurts,” on the red carpet.
Guzman, who previously went on a “Sidewalks” production shoot featuring an interview with actor Curtis Armstrong (“Revenge of The Nerds”), shared the spotlight with creator and regular host Richard R. Lee, who was also there training and performing his usual on-air work as interviewer and host of the long-running, independently-produced program.
Being an on-air personality on “Sidewalks Entertainment” is a rare opportunity as of late. The show is regularly hosted by Lee and Veronica Castro — a TV personality who was originally known for her work on the KRON TV series “Latin Eyes” (other longtime host Cindy Rhodes is on leave from the program). Only a handful of people have gotten the so-called “shot” on the series. Recently, stand-up comedian David Lew has appeared on a number of episodes and former “California Music Channel” VJ Lori Rosales is starting to build a resume with the show in the last month.
Guzman, who admitted that she was nervous on the air, doesn’t have another interview scheduled yet, but she’s hoping for opportunities soon.
“She did well for her first time,” says Lee. “Carolina didn’t faint and she used complete sentences in her questions — which was better than my first appearance a long time ago. I still have trouble with subject-verb agreements. If we can work out scheduling since she has a full time job and school during the week, we would love to give Carolina an opportunity to build her career. We [at “Sidewalks”] have given many people their first opportunities and experience in front-and-behind the camera.”
Guzman is planning to compete as Miss Oakland Latina in January, but you can first watch her on TV. Her debut premieres on Friday, July 1st at 7:30PM on KCRT-TV in the East Bay on Comcast Channel 28 and the entire San Francisco Bay Area on AT&T uVerse Channel 99. The episode is scheduled to air Saturday at 9:30PM and throughout next week. “Sidewalks Entertainment’s” other affiliates, like Comcast Hometown and KOTR-My Network TV, will be getting the episode soon, as well as local stations around the country.