Bellwethr Magazine

Skype-Casting

Jason Zone Fisher brings video conferencing to the red carpet.

WORDS BY Ethan Joyce

It’s the Iron Man 3 premiere, and Jason Zone Fisher stands at the front of the red carpet, mic in hand. After interviewing multiple celebrities, he felt comfortable among the stars. But that all changed when Robert Downey Jr. and his red sports car arrived.

“He whipped off his sunglasses, blew a kiss to the crowd, and walked up to me,” Fisher says. “For a second, I thought I was in the movie. I wasn’t interviewing Robert Downey Jr. — I was interviewing Iron Man.” Fisher, 30, is Skype’s first national correspondent. Since April 2013, Fisher has been attending movie premieres and connecting celebrities with fans, including pediatric patients and U.S. soldiers, around the world using Skype’s video-conferencing technology, which records the conversation, packages the video, and puts it online.

Fisher, a documentarian, producer, and actor, is working with Nickelodeon to host a game show in the fall. He’s also hosted the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere this month.

Bellwethr: What role do you serve for Skype?

Fisher: The main job is hosting events. They’ll send me to the Iron Man, Captain America, or Guardians of the Galaxy premieres. And instead of asking the stars what they’re wearing, I have a flat-screen TV with a live Skype call.

What is Skype’s goal with this?

What they want to do is create amazing moments made possible through their technology.

How have stars reacted?

Stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson try to get through the red carpet as fast as possible. But in Skype’s case, this is something so unique and different. So I’m interviewing Samuel L. Jackson, and out of the corner of my eye I’ll see Gwyneth Paltrow standing there, waiting to talk to me. So this is a real opportunity for everyone, including celebrities.

Who will you contact at the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere?

I won’t find out until a couple weeks beforehand.

You have a lot of personal projects. How do you keep from getting overwhelmed?

I like being busy. The only time I get overwhelmed is when I have too much time on my hands.

You moved to Los Angeles in 2009 without a career plan. How did you market yourself?

I focused on networking the first six months. I made a spreadsheet listing the eight people I knew in LA. I messaged them, set up meetings, and got contacts from them. I did that over and over again, and today I have over 600 entries on my spreadsheet.

What’s next for you?

I want to do what I’m doing now, just on bigger scale. Host a national show. Produce great television. Be associated with brands that I love. I am very lucky to do this for a living, and I want to keep growing. I like to hustle.

Photos courtesy of Jason Zone Fisher.

Skype correspondent Jason Zone Fisher. PHOTO COURTESY OF JASON ZONE FISHER.
Skype correspondent Jason Zone Fisher. PHOTO COURTESY OF JASON ZONE FISHER.
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