How to manage a career and being a dad

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How to manage a career and being a dad

I think the key to managing a career, if your career demands you to be away a lot or you’re always working, it really is quality time. I think you can spend an entire day with your kids and get nothing out of it because they’re doing their thing and you’re doing theirs. It’s okay to have a career and to work and to come home at whatever time it is, but then you have to make the decision, this is now kid time and it can’t be “alright, so it’s just some kid time.” It’s got to be “this is kid time now” and then the kids will look forward to it and it will be quality time with dad or with mom, whoever was away from the house. At least for me when I was a kid, I just wanted to know my dad was with me. He was into what I was into. If I want to play catch, he was ready to play catch. I don’t know if he always wanted to play catch, but he never let me know he didn’t, and that’s how we are with our kids. We work in Hollywood where sometimes your schedules can be like this, but our kids come visit if I’m on location and when they’re there, we make it an adventure and we make a huge scrapbook when we come home and all those are imprints of their brain, not of the time dad was away at work. It was at the time we were together in the Philippines and have this cool adventure. So, you just have to put the time and then want it and it keeps coming up the same theme for me which is, if it isn’t what you want, then don’t get into it. And if it is what you want, then give into it.

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Jeff Probst

Host/EP Survivor

Emmy Award-winning host and executive producer Jeff Probst has just completed production on the 29th installment of the phenomenally successful CBS series, “Survivor.”  Survivor: Blood v Water premieres on CBS Sept 2014.

Probst is a four-time Emmy Award winner for "Outstanding Reality Host," the only winner since the awards inception in 2008.  He has traveled the world serving as both host and executive producer for “Survivor.”   Probst also received another Emmy in 2001 when Survivor was awarded the best reality show Emmy.

Probst is also a feature film director.  In 2002, he wrote and directed "Finder's Fee," starring Ryan Reynolds, James Earl Jones, Robert Forster and Matthew Lillard. 

Most recently, he produced and directed the feature film “Kiss Me, “ starring John Corbett, Sarah Bolger, Rita Wilson, Emily Osment, Missy Pyle and Jenna Fisher.

Probst hosts the "Howard Stern Celebrity Fan Roundtable" for Howard Stern on Sirius/XM radio and previously served as host of VH1's "Rock and Roll Jeopardy.”  He hosted several programs for FX and traveled around the world as a correspondent for "Access Hollywood."  In 2001, he was voted one of People Magazine's "Most Beautiful." 

Probst is a proud spokesperson for whose mission is to re-gift life through organ donation.

Probst is also an ordained minister and has served as the officiant at the weddings of several friends.  He was ordained by the Universal Life Church of Modesto, California. 

A native of Wichita, Kan., Probst lives with his family in Los Angeles when not traveling the world.  His birthday is November 4.  He can be followed on twitter @jeffprobst and at

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