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10/03/2014 09:37 am ET Updated Dec 03, 2014

What It's Like to Be a Teen Reporter

Pavlina Osta

Kevin Jonas is here. In Daytona Beach. My objective: get behind enemy lines and nail the interview backstage. How possible was that? No, let's just ask how impossible was that! There were thousands of teens older than me that each had nicknames of Mike, Sam and Will. Teens at their worst. Yes, it was a total red zone of committed teens. No one messes with them so my strategy was -- be one of them.

I snuck in the hallowed area of tween screams circle mob and when it came time to meet backstage, I followed like a buddha to a curry dish. Yes, I felt like a deceiver, a total hypocrite but I was 11 years old so my conscience was very short term then. Three steps with the screamers of teens and we're forever BFFs. So I get in front of someone named Johnny Wright. Told him I have an interview. Johnny's eyebrows go up a little. "Really?" "Yes" I answered. I squared my face up to a look of total honesty. Johnny said "OK" and it happened. Except the video part (thank you stupid cheap camera) or maybe it was slightly sabotaged by Johnny -- because only the still pictures turned out (hmm... suspicious now that I think about it).

Oh, did I mention Johnny Wright is the manager to Kevin Jonas, Jonas brothers, *NSYNC, Janet Jackson, Backstreet Boys and Justin Timberlake? Oh, well, sometimes I leave out little things! But that's basically how my radio show started -- by being where the celebrities I wanted to interview were. And now, with over 400 celebrity interviews on location, I've got a whole treasure trove of crazy moments that at the time I thought were embarrassing, stupid or crazy but now I realize they helped me as a person. In addition, career wise, they helped me win awards and when I give speeches at colleges and organizations, everyone is fascinated at what I thought was pretty average stuff!

So who am I? I'm Pavlina and I'm the creator, executive producer and award-winning host of the nationally syndicated radio show, "Pavlina's Kidz Place." I started the radio show when I was 11 years old. The first question you may ask is, "Why?" You probably think I had a relative working in a radio station so I hung around until someone put me on the air. Nope. I knew no one in the radio business or entertainment business nor did any of my relatives know anyone.

Do you ever feel like no matter what you did in your life -- you were destined to be where you are now? Is that a fortune cookie saying or what! Well, that's sort of my life. My radio show started from steel drums. You know, Trinidad pans. Yeah mon, I was a 10-year-old steel pan street performer! It doesn't get any weirder than that.

It's exciting... if I have time to think about it. Being a radio host -- people think of some middle-aged guy with fast talking lingo sitting in a windowless room surrounded by mixers, headsets, mikes, amps and what have you. But I think I took radio to a different level -- combining talk and music, current events with how it relates to history without needless boring stuff. So, who do I talk to? Celebrities that are at the top of their field or were when they had their moment in the sun, political people -- yes, I talk with them and why they need to be in office. Can you believe there are politicians that are totally scared to talk with me? Really? Me? I had no idea! I'll be voting in the next election for the first time and trust me -- I want to know for my age group what the politicians can do for us, for my parents, for the environment, for the country, for the world, for everything.

I'm with major news makers from Michio Kaku to Suze Orman, from boy bands to Gloria Steinem. Along the way, I'll give some backstage secrets of the stars -- what kept them going through obstacles, their worst moments, and how the heck can YOU succeed in life by learning from them? So that's what's going on and yeah, I consider myself as average as a non meat sandwich (my vegan lingo) and it's a sure trip to the unknown that turns us on to the known. Sort of like the Audrey Hephurn saying, "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible." That is what I show with celebrities and people in the news who do that every day!