About Us

Live! Starring … You! is a media organization that connects teen reporters with professional entertainers. We do most of our interviews on camera and push them out through our website, www.LiveStarringYou.com, Facebook (16,000-plus fans) and YouTube (2.5 million views).

In our interviews we focus on “demystifying” the entertainment industry and showing our fans (many of whom aspire to become musicians or actors) what the field is really about:  the hard work, overcoming obstacles, goal-setting, balancing business and creativity, using the spotlight to give back, and so on.

We’ve interviewed more than 400 performers; some of the more recognizable names include Justin Bieber, Miranda Cosgrove, Vanessa Williams, Glee actors Matthew Morrison and Heather Morris; Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson and Lindsey Shaw from Pretty Little Liars, Ne-Yo, T Pain, Flo Rida, Cody Simpson, Cyndi Lauper, Amanda Peet, Cuba Gooding Jr., JoJo, Debra Messing, the Goo Goo Dolls, Marianas Trench, Hedley, the Beach Boys, Weird Al Yankovic, DMC from Run DMC, Simple Plan, Vanilla Ice, Christopher Meloni from Law & Order: SVU, Ross Lynch from Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally, Hot Chelle Rae, Olympic gymnastics champion Nastia Liuikin, multiple dancers from Dancing with the Stars, ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, Baseball Hall of Famers including Ozzie Smith and Brooks Robinson, more than a dozen Football Hall of Famers including John Elway and John Madden, several hockey stars including Wayne Gretzky, and many more.

Our teen reporters have covered multiple red carpet events in New York City, and we have been credentialed to cover the enshrinement ceremonies for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, and Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. We’ve also been credentialed by the White House Press Office to cover President Obama. In the community we work with organizations including Music is Art, a nonprofit run by Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls, and Buffalo Bills punter Brian Moorman’s P.U.N.T. Foundation, among others.

LSY! now has reporters in Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, and is headquartered at Mount St. Mary Academy in Buffalo. We have shared or supplied content to multiple national media organizations, including Dance Spirit magazine and E! News. In 2010, LSY founder Tim O’She, a teacher and author who has published 61 books, was named to the National Honor Roll of American Entrepreneurs.

Why did Tim create LSY!? A longtime sports and entertainment writer, children’s book author, and educator, he wanted a program that would:

  • help kids and teens develop their communcation skills – writing, speaking, listening and speaking
  • teach kids and teens to become goal-setters and problem-solvers — or put another way, equip them to chase their dreams.
  • satisfy their curiosity about fame. (Let’s face it: In today’s all-encompassing mass-media society, kids and teens are bombarded with messages that glamourize fame more than ever. LSY! programs are designed to show them what it’s really like to be in the spotlight — and how to handle it in a healthy way.)

Those objectives formed the foundation for the exciting, creative and active organization that is Live! Starring … You!

Comments

  1. Nnenna Ngwu says:

    Hi,
    I was wondering how can I go about becoming a teen reporter? Are there any age requirements/restrictions? I’m a 20 year old college student majoring in Communications who has BIG dreams of becoming the next Oprah. I have quite an interest in writing, reporting, hosting and radio. I think I’d make a great candidate for this. Please do get back to me.
    Thank you for your time.

    Best,
    Nnenna

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