In a packed theater of digital media geeks in Hollywood, Larry King interviewed Nick Cannon (actor, comedian, rapper, producer of “America’s Got Talent” and married to Mariah Carey) yesterday during Social Media Week LA at the Egyptian Theatre. You can watch our front row VIDEO: Larry King interviews Nick Cannon at Social Media Week LA or watch the whole interview next week on Larry King Now on Hulu.com.
When asked about whether Nick would change anything in his life, he shared, “I have no regrets. I believe life is all about the stories you can tell, and I have some great stories to tell, good and bad.” Larry confessed that the worst day of his life was when he started smoking, and that was one thing he would change.
Along with discussing social media and technology trends, Nick Cannon shared that he was diagnosed with Lupus. It’s an autoimmune disease with no cure that could impact his kidneys. He has it under control now, and wants to raise awareness. Nick encouraged everyone to join his TeamNickCannon.com to support the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Walk in New York City on Oct 14, 2012.
When an audience member asked Nick where he sees hip-hop going in the next ten years from a social media and multi-media perspective, he replied, “I’m so in love with hip hop because of the beauty social media. A kid can make a song in their bedroom and become the biggest hip hop star in the world, and I believe it’s going to be even easier.”
Nick also owns a production company, Incredible Entertainment, which is a multi-media company. One of his current projects is a film for Lionsgate called “School Dance” that he directed, wrote and produced. Watch for this film in theaters in early 2013. He described his movie, “It’s the hip hop Westside Story.”
Towards the end of this event, SMWLA Executive Director Drew Baldwin joined Larry and Nick with audience questions from the live-stream and Twitter feed. When asked to discuss his career history with technology, Larry shared, “I always, always wanted to be on the radio…..When I was 14/15, I lived in Brooklyn. I’d go into the city. I knew what radio stations were. I’d walked into the lobby, and then walk out and pretend that I was a radio announcer…so I never thought about technology…I still don’t know how I could sit in a studio, talk on a microphone and someone 700 miles away could hear it.”
After discussing his transition to TV on CNN and the Internet, Larry then cracked everyone up by sharing, “I tell you who’s weird to me, the guys who work in the Apple store. They are nuts…they walk around, they know everything. I went with her, my wife one day, and she was changing from an iPhone to an iPad,…and I have no frickin idea what they’re talking about….One guy came over to me and said, can I help you, and I said, yes, I’d like a ham and cheese.”
Larry, Nick and Drew then wrapped this interview by sharing future predictions. Drew’s forecast is that technology will continue to engage audiences, but at a faster speed in an easier way to reduce “friction.” Many thanks to Social Media Week LA and Drew Baldwin for organizing this great interview, and to everyone involved in the 120 SMWLA events in Los Angeles this week. Follow these social media superstars @KingsThings @NickCannon and @DrewPBaldwin.
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