A weekly Q&A with interesting people in the Australian Media Industry
Mike Goldman
  • Name Mike Goldman
  • Position Tv Host and Voiceover guy
  • Interviewed by Social Diary on 22/1/2016
  • Q
    How did you get into TV and radio?
    A
    Dad (Grant) used to host countdown before Molly and mum (Erica) was a model and weather presenter. Was kinda pushed. No choice really.
  • Q
    Describe typical day.
    A
    Wake up. Figure out where I am. Either meditate, yoga or hit the gym. No wait, that's not that not true, that's my model friend.

    I would wake up, chuck anything fresh in the fridge into a blender, drink it and go to work.

    Usually I shoot a TV story for "Notify" a new on line magazine launching next week or a voiceover for a random client like AMart Sports or work on my film festival that happens in Sanctuary Cove once a year (Sanctuaryfilmfestival.com).

    I'm also renovating my house at the moment so I often have a crack at fixing something.

    At the end of the day, if I'm lucky I might be taking some unsuspecting lady out on a date somewhere. Did I mention I'm single?!
  • Q
    What's the most exciting part of your job?
    A
    I love making a hit TV show and knowing that it's making a difference. Couple of days ago a lady in Paddington came up to me and thanked me for making her laugh every night when she was in Hostpital. She said it was the only thing that kept her going. Money can't buy that feeling. Someone saying something like that makes it all worthwhile.
  • Q
    What's the downside of your job?
    A
    Travel. I'm sick of flying everywhere. I'm currently waiting to get on a 6am flight to host an event in Melbourne today and back to host one in Sydney tonight.
  • Q
    Have you dealt with many PRs directly during your career, and if so what has your experience been like?
    A
    I deal with PR companies every week.
    The best ones are the ones who go above and beyond. Little things like reminding you of the clients name or a quick text reminder for an interview is such a blessing when you're busy.

    The worst one is when the PR agency doesn't answer calls or call you back the day just before an event. Drives me mental.
  • Q
    What are you looking for on your shows - what sort of pitch would get an immediate response?
    A
    I'm looking for something that makes people talk. A big stunt or guest that would blow people away.

    A well thought out theme or gag. My current TV show is a dating show for prisoners called Inmating. "Maybe the girl or guy of your dreams isn't in bars, they're behind bars".
  • Q
    You are quite well known for your 15 year role on the TV hit Big Brother. Would you say that this has shaped your career?
    A
    Yes absolutely. It has opened so many doors for me and allowed me to work in every part of Australia. Big Brother fans are so loyal, it's like a family. We call it the Brotherhood.
  • Q
    Do you attend many media events?
    A
    I'm definitley at the Social Diary party next week. I attend events if I'm supporting a friend or cause I'm into for sure.

    I believe it makes your brand worth a lot more if you aren't seen to be going to the opening of an envelope. Back when Big Brother started fifteen years ago I went to everything. I think I even went to the launch of a vacuum cleaner once.
  • Q
    Do invitations come directly to you, through the network or through your agent - and which do you prefer?
    A
    Invitations come directly to my e mail: mike@mikegoldman.tv
    Or through publicists at Nine, online magazine Notify or people give me a call and invite me.
    There's not enough of that these days. Call me 0411694455
  • Q
    Where's TV headed?
    A
    I see TV being more live event based and most shows that aren't live will be on an app like Stan, presto, Netflix or the new VOD service Notify. People won't use websites as much, just apps. TV stations need to create more live tonight shows, chat shows and event coverage or they will be finished.
    Just pumping out more infomercial style TV stations and calling it some funky name that an old board member came up with is killing the networks off. They need to innovate.
  • Q
    Where do you see your industry in 5 years?
    A
    You will see more presenters and reporters broadcasting their own live feed from events as the technology gets better.
  • Q
    If you weren't in TV/radio, what would you be?
    A
    If I wasn't in TV or Radio I would be making movies. I just finished a feature called Shooting Goldman, available now on Vimeo.com (cheeky plug).
  • Q
    Your Snapchat/Twitter/Instagram is:
    A
    @mikegoldmantv