It’s a dream come true for any student in high school. Franklin Senior Andrew Kochamba did something that not many (if any) other senior students have done before—shadow Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. While Kochamba shared part of his experience on Twitter, stating at one point #BestSeniorShadowDayEver, Kochamba fully believes that it was the support of his fellow students and community that made it happen. We spoke to Kochamba briefly to find out how his day went in New York. Here is what he told us:
“Our day started out pretty early at the airport in Nashville flying to New York. Once we got there, we checked into our hotel and then headed to the 30 Rock Studio.
Once we arrived at the studio, we met the producer Gavin Purcel and the Social Media Director, Marna Cockenberg. They also introduced us to the writers, bloggers, and pages.
I then was able to hang out with Jimmy Fallon and Gavin Purcel where we played Mario Kart. And Jimmy beat all of us, did I mention that Jimmy is really good at Mario Kart?
The next part of the day was spent in hair and make up where I watched Fallon get ready for the Trump skit. If you watched the Periscope, then you saw the hair and make up area.
Afterwards, I watched the filming of the Trump skit as well as the rehearsal of the monologue. I was able to watch the taping of the show and I was seated directly behind the producers.
What you may not know is that the show finishes taping around 7pm even though it airs much later. When the taping was completed, I was able to hang out with Fallon in his dressing room.”
When we asked if Fallon gave him any advice, Kochamba told us that Fallon put an emphasis on drive and hard work. And if you set your mind to it, you can do it.
Andrew said a few people have recognized him and “one person said I saw you on the Jimmy Kimmel show to which I replied, ‘wrong Jimmy!'”
Of The Tonight Show staff, Andrew said “they were so generous, authentic and welcoming. Such an incredible experience.”
And Andrew says rising seniors should Dream Big for their Senior Shadow Day. “Ask for what you want, you might just actually get it. I feel so blessed to have had this opportunity,” he added.
And did Andrew get an “A” for his Shadow Day Project? He said he didn’t know yet as he still has a form to turn into his teacher.Read Our Previous Story: Help Franklin Senior Shadow Jimmy Fallon