From the first gig to the height of his career, Access Daily and America's Big Deal TV host Scott Evans shares his inspiring story with The Quintessential Gentleman.
Third grade was the first time Evans experienced the thrill of being in front of a camera, all thanks to his older sister Stacy who booked his first gig for the NBA home games with the Pacers. In the player intro video, Evans portrayed a young Reggie Miller pitted against a young Larry Bird. Inspired and encouraged by his mother and sister, he continued to pursue his passion for television. Working with the NBA was just the beginning, he later joined a youth development after-school program with video production for teens. Evans and his fellow students started a TV show called 360 Degrees, where they interviewed celebrities and shared stories relevant to viewers their age. All the content was directed and produced by young people and aired on the MTV 2 affiliate.
In his adult life, he never forgot the importance of mentorship. In 2014, Evans and a group of friends created a youth development non-profit in Indianapolis with the sole purpose of exposing young people to life-changing opportunities. In addition to developing a non-profit, Evans became an anchor at Channel One News. But after four years, he was ready to move on. He sent a tape to the then executive producer of Access Hollywood, Rob Silverstein, and was offered a job days later.
Like many others during COVID, Evans developed a creative outlet for communicating when meeting in person was no longer possible. He created the So Close podcast to share uplifting stories of when celebrities had difficult times in their lives.
"We were trying to figure out how to get a show on the air every day that people would care about, or that would give them a break from the news of the day," he explains. "Bad news is mood-altering. "
For Evans, the most rewarding aspect of his career as a TV journalist is having a comfortable connection with interviewees, which allows them to be their authentic selves.
"When I first started working for Access Hollywood, my first interview was an exclusive with Taylor Swift. It was supposed to be a six to seven-minute interview, and we ended up talking closer to 20 minutes," he said. "She talked about things that she'd never said publicly before. And when we finished the interview, she grabbed me by the hand and said, 'I'm so sorry. Did you get what you needed? I didn't even realize that we were really in the interview. That was so much fun.' And her publicist called a coworker of mine afterward and said, 'Anytime you ever want to do something with Taylor, he's our guy.' And I'm pretty sure it was the reason why I got the job."