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Life Lessons: Tristan Zimmerman



Life Lessons:
Tristan Zimmerman


*Are you happy at the moment?

The past year has been filled with many ups and downs for me personally, but I’ve learned a lot about myself and worked on making important changes in my life. There is so much that I have to be happy and thankful for. Life is sweet.

*If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

SLOW DOWN. I always wanted to get to the next chapter in life and often didn’t take the time to enjoy the moment. This is a lesson I still remind myself of, so I don’t get too far ahead of myself.

*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

That faith is something you have to work for and practice each day. I have a friend whose faith I admire. I’ve learned through her friendship that it’s important to stay connected to God, especially through the challenging times.

*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

I want to master the art of changing a diaper in less than 60 seconds.

*What’s your secret to happiness?

Happiness is a choice. The times when I’m unhappy I eventually come to realize that I’m doing something that’s preventing me from being happy. I identify what it is and shift my perspective.

*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

Cooking. I love making dinner for my wife while enjoying a glass of red wine. We eat dinner together every night. My wife is due with our first child this fall and I can’t wait for family dinners with our son.

*What’s your biggest regret?

I don’t call them regrets. I call them lessons. I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my life, but with them I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons and also a lot about who I am and what I want and don’t want in my life.

*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

I hope to teach my son the importance of being kind and having empathy for others. Also, laughter. It’s important to laugh and laugh often. It’s hard to stay mad or stressed when you’re laughing.

*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

I beat myself up over things that I have no control over.

*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

Getting nominated for a Daytime Emmy was a great career accomplishment. I’m proud of what I’ve built in my role at “The Wendy Williams Show” and contributing to the success of the show. It was a great moment seeing the staff’s reaction when they first heard the news, that after 6 seasons, Wendy and the show were recognized by our industry peers, for all of our hard work.

*When were you happiest?

My wedding day. I am not a person who likes to be the center of attention. I wanted a small wedding, but my wife changed my perspective. She said we often only get together with family and friends during a tragedy. Life is busy and it’s important to come together with the people we love to celebrate the good and happy times. I remember standing on the corner of the dance floor and watching everyone having a good time. It was a great day.

*What ten words best describe you?

Passionate. Loyal. Focused. Driven. Serious. Honest. Caring. Direct. Organized. Hilarious.


Tristan Zimmerman is an Emmy-nominated Senior Digital Producer. Based in New York City, Tristan developed and launched the online and social media platforms for “The Wendy Williams Show,” a nationally syndicated and internationally distributed daytime talk show. He’s the voice behind the camera on Wendy’s popular online “After Show” reality series. He lives with his wife and their cat, Kelly Ripa Cat. When he’s not working, Tristan loves cooking, traveling and being on the water. He takes his coffee black and always orders ravioli at Italian restaurants.

Follow Tristan on Twitter @tristanpz.

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