Christina Garibaldi has one of the most highly-coveted jobs in the media industry — she’s an MTV VJ. In true Cinderella story fashion, Christina climbed the corporate ranks from intern, to producer, to — at long last — on-camera reporter. A red carpet veteran, this Girl Boss has been a host at the VMAs and MTV Movie Awards, has interviewed the likes of Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Ariana Grande, and is giving Giuliana Rancic a run for her money.
Tell us what you do!
I am an on-camera reporter for MTV News! I cover a lot of pop music, which has led me to interview some of Top 40’s biggest musicians, including Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, One Direction, Taylor Swift, and my personal favorite, Britney Spears. I’ve co-hosted the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show, the MTV Movie Awards pre-show, have been the social media correspondent on the popular “Catfish” after-show, and was recently part of the panel on MTV’s “House of Style” VMA recap. Every single day, something new pops up, but if I’m not traveling to a shoot, I am most likely writing articles for our website!
Did you go to college? If so, where?
Yes! I went to Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, and majored in Communications with a concentration in Radio, TV and Film.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
Well, when I was younger I dreamt of being a pop star, but when I realized I couldn’t sing — like, really couldn’t sing — I thought, “Why not interview them instead?” So I feel like I was always meant to do something in this industry.
How did you get to where you are now? Tell us your story!
It’s actually a pretty funny story. I started my career with MTV News as an intern my senior year of college (I interned with MSNBC before that). As soon as I graduated, I got a call from both MTV and MSNBC for a job, and I ultimately decided to go with MTV. I started as an assistant, and from there, I was a segment producer and a producer until one day my boss asked if I would try to do some on-camera work. And I did! Three years later, I’m still doing it and I love it!
Any obstacles along the way?
Yes, and lots of them. Being that I didn’t really do too much on-camera work before I got my job — I was an anchor for my college news station — there was a lot I had to learn. In the beginning, I had to overcome my fears, prove the doubters wrong, and build my confidence. I’m still trying to do that every single day, and I know I still have a lot to learn, but working with such an amazing team definitely helps!
Who is your idol?
There are so many! First off, I would have to say my mom. She is the ultimate Girl Boss in my eyes! But in the TV world, I would have to say Ellen DeGeneres. Her interviews are creative, insightful, and most importantly, fun! There is also Meredith Vieira who I absolutely adore, and of course, the queen — Oprah. Bow down.
What are three personal traits/qualities that helped you get to where you are?
Is it OK if I do more than three? I would have to say motivation, confidence, a good outlook, and not being afraid to take risks — even if, sometimes, you fail when you take those risks. Other wise, you’ll always wonder ‘what if.’
Where would you like to be in five years?
I would love to either still be with MTV News or possibly hosting at another entertainment TV channel. My biggest goal is to one day be on one of the morning shows like “Today” or “Good Morning America.”
Define “Girl Boss” in your own words.
A Girl Boss is someone who is confident and someone that takes charge. They don’t wait for an opportunity to be handed to them — they work hard to achieve their dreams.
Describe your style/fashion sense:
Fun, comfortable, and colorful.
Fav clothing item/accessory right now?
What’s your can’t-live-without beauty product?
Aveeno body lotion. It may be weird, but for some reason it loves my skin, so I love it. Also, a great mascara for those days you just can’t put on a full face of make-up.
Go-to nail color?
I rarely do the same color twice, but at the moment I love dark purples.
Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS inspired me. What book has inspired you?
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
No Girl Boss is perfect. What’s your vice?
It’s very Olivia Pope of me, but a great bottle of red wine gets me every time.
Which artist/band/DJ are you really into right now?
I’m sort of obsessed with Taylor Swift’s new album 1989. I feel like it’s the first album in a long time that I can listen all the way through and not skip a song. I also love me some Ed Sheeran, One Direction, and I’m really liking Hozier right now.
What song makes you feel like a Girl Boss?
An oldie but a goodie — “Fighter” Christina Aguilera
What’s a quote that inspires/motivates you?
I have two!
1. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible.” -Audrey Hepburn
2. “So many of our dreams seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”- Christopher Reeve
Best advice you’ve ever received? And who gave it to you?
My parents always told me, “If you can dream it, you can be it.”
Advice to future Girl Bosses:
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. If you believe in yourself, that’s all that matters. Be confident, be humble, keep an open-mind, and don’t ever expect something to be handed to you. Remember that hard work does pay off, and always be good to people.
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