The Questionnaire with Anastasia “Nat” Tubanos / By Dotan SchachterApr 21st, 2010 • Categories: Additional Questionnaires, Bloggers, Hosts, Producers, Reporters
Photo By: The Bui Brothers
What are you doing these days?
A whole lot! I host and produce two shows, Your Geek News, an award-winning movie preview/review series and Capricast, an aftershow for SyFy’s Battlestar Galactica followup, Caprica. I also produce a show called Naked Wine Show, which is currently being picked up by a network.
I’m in a constant state of developing show ideas for TV and the web and am doing a whole lot more writing these days, specifically for Women’s Post where I write a column called Bridging the Gap, observing the relations between old media and new media and how the two areas interact and overlap as the media landscape evolves.
I’m also leveraging all the social media power I have to win a contest with my friend for the best travel job ever. Coincidentally that’s the name of the contest, BestTravelJobEver.com. Here’s our rather cheeky entry.
What turns you on creatively?
Strangely enough, showers are where I get the most of my ideas. I guess there’s some sort of clarity when you’re “washing away” everything else under a hot jet of water.
Brainstorming sessions get me buzzing and being around people who are passionate about what they’re doing really gets my creative juices flowing. That kind of energy is infectious and it always makes me think of ways I could connect them and help them reach their goals with my skill sets and vice versa. I love to collaborate.
If you were a mind-reader whose mind would you like to read?
Lady Gaga. That woman is one of the most intriguing public figures I’ve ever come across and I’d love to know if she’s really that abstract or she knows it’s a fantastically edgy angle to put out there for marketing purposes.
If you could travel in time, which era would you visit?
Ancient Greece in a time where Gods walked among men, being a philosopher was a real job, and everyday was a toga party.
What is your favorite sound?
The ocean. Or a huge, booming belly laugh from the people I adore.
What is the album or song that influences you the most?
The last couple of years it’s been “You Can’t Always Get What you Want,” by the Rolling Stones.
There’s something about the chorus “You can’t always get what you want, but you get what you need” that stills me. I’m sure there are different ways to interpret it, but I like to see it as you shouldn’t dwell on the things you don’t have because the universe has a funny way of giving you exactly what you need. And you should be grateful for it.
Who would you like to collaborate with? And why?
Oh man, I’ll take a moment to geek out over people like Oprah, Christiane Amanpour or Anderson Cooper. They’re all interviewing fiends, they’ve fought to get where they are and are the type of journalists who aren’t afraid to put themselves, and some soul, into a story. I’d love to work with any one of them on an on-going docu-series covering an issue in a foreign country and just observe, absorb and learn. In a similar vein, I’m also itching to collaborate with Current TV somehow. They were supposed to be launching a bureau in Canada this year, but a government dragging its heels isn’t really conducive to a network launch, is it?
What drives you crazy?
Lack of humility in people drives me bonkers. I also can’t stand clothing tags sticking out. Oh, and straight up incompetence.
What makes you laugh?
Pretty much anything and everything. I have the most generous sense of humour. Anything from my puppy Roxie doing yoga poses to slapstick antics or seeing people get hurt makes me laugh so hard I lose my breath. Like the reporter in this video
Or the fact that I was a character in Battlestar Galactica fan fiction and got to seduce Gaius Baltar heh heh.
What is the craziest thing you ever did?
Jump out of a plane. It was both the most terrifying and liberating thing I’ve ever done. Now, my desire is to be able to jump out of a plane pretty much anywhere I travel to. I’d love to see the Nevada desert falling from 15,000 feet in the air.
What makes you feel embarrassed?
Not too much. I’m a pretty out-going gal who’s fully aware that not anyone is perfect so a mistake here and there can’t be too harshly judged. However, the one thing I DO find embarrassing is I occasionally have a tendency to fart in my sleep. Only an issue if I’m sharing my bed though!
What are your favorite web-sites (not including the ones that you are participate in)?
1) Current TV, specifically the Vanguard series.
3) Facebook and Twitter
4) Dictionary.com (is this sad that I’m on this site at least once a day learning a new word?)
What is the silliest thing you have ever done?
Impossible to answer. I’m in a constant state of silliness. You have to have a high tolerance for silliness if you want to be friends with me.
How would you make the world a better place?
By giving everyone the chance to an education. Too many of the world’s problems grow from lack of knowledge (not only academic, but social), lack of tolerance and lack of communication. Everyone should be armed with information to be able to face issues to the best of their abilities.
What is your biggest weakness?
Thinking too much. My favourite quote is Socrates’ “The unexamined life is not worth living,” and let me tell you, there is a point where you can do too much thinking and it can be detrimental. A clever boy once told me thinking too much can hurt the soul and he’s right.
Where will you be in 10 years?
Professionally, hopefully I’ll have a couple more TV shows under my belt, a documentary underway, and have built a school in a developing area of Africa or the Middle East.
Personally, I hope I’m hopelessly in love with a true partner-in-crime who can balance me, collaborate with me, have a sense of adventure and have 3 kids with me.
If you had 3 wishes what would they be?
1) I wish I was a little bit taller.
2) I wish I was a baller.
3) I wish I had a girl who looked good, I would call her.
Who would you like to answer that Questionnaire?
Marie Nicola, a beautiful superstar in the making who’s a leader, an engager, an influential communicator and the mastermind behind pop culture mag Karmacake.ca.
Darius Bashar, because he’s leveraging the strength of social media and the scope of the Internet to engage others from all over to make a positive change in the world, starting with one good deed a day with DailyChallenge.org. More people need to follow that example.
Love – unconditional, fearless and without restraint
Death – a transition
God – an undeniable presence
TV – improving
Family – a team
Politics – lacks sexiness
Internet – the wild west
Happiness – gratitude and cuddles
Fame – I’m gonna live forever, I’m gonna learn how to fly
YouTube – the beginning of the future.
Anastasia Tubanos – a saucy minx with unforgettable eyes who’s a force to be reckoned with.