We caught up with Ryan Seacrest at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity to talk about his morning routine and how he manages his hectic schedule. As host of “American Idol,” co-host of “Live With Kelly” and host of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” as well as head of many other projects, Seacrest has a packed schedule.
His schedule is so packed, that the only way he can be everywhere he needs is to take constant, cross-coast red-eye flights. As The Hollywood Reporter pointed out, he’s required to film “American Idol” live from the Los Angeles studio on Sunday nights, while “Live with Kelly” shoots early Monday morning in New York.
Some of his tips for keeping it together include never hitting the snooze button and answering emails with two lines maximum. Following is a transcript of the video.
A day is busy and calculated and always on schedule. The live television show with Kelly starts at 9 a.m. on the east coast. Immediately following, I’m live on the radio to the West Coast and then in the hours afterwards, I have a chance to check in on my other businesses and other projects that are going on.
I also spend a lot of time on the west coast in Los Angeles on the weekends and on Fridays sometimes when we don’t do the TV show. But, I will tell you this, when the alarm goes off I’m not allowed to hit snooze because it’s down to the minute. And I … I thrive off of that. I think I’m having more fun when I’m busier.
7 o’clock I’m ready, I have coffee, I have a morning shake, I’m out the door. I’m at the office by 8.
Two-line emails, ok. Very, very short emails. A very efficient way to have phone calls. And, I don’t, I don’t really like down time, so if there’s time in a car, if there’s time on a walk, walking meetings. I mean, I will jam anything in at any point in time so that by 6:30 at night, most of what I’m going to cover for the day is done and I can actually enjoy the evening and have a bite to eat.