Former UT homecoming queen is named new ‘Face of FOX Toledo’Written by Jason Mack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jocelyn Cruz is all smiles after winning the title of the 6th Face of FOX Toledo, a position representing the station on-air and online.
“I’m honestly so happy, excited, humbled and grateful,” Cruz said. “I’ve always wanted to do something like this. I’ve always dreamed of being on TV, so I see it all falling into place now.”
Cruz said she nearly missed out on the opportunity to compete for the position.
“I’ve always known about it, but I didn’t know about the deadline until the day of the deadline,” Cruz said. “I made my video an hour before the deadline at midnight. It was just a plain wall and me talking about why I want to be the Face of FOX Toledo.”
The video was effective and landed her a spot in the top 10.
“It was very competitive,” Cruz said. “There were so many good people in the top 10 that even making the top five felt surreal.”
“We had such incredible talent in our top five, so choosing our winner was extremely difficult,” FOX Toledo General Manager Gary Yoder said. “We think Jocelyn Cruz has all the qualities and abilities that we were looking for to take the Face of FOX Toledo to the next level and make this a fantastic year.”
Cruz is no stranger to winning contests. She graduated in May from the University of Toledo, where she was crowned homecoming queen in 2009.
“That was an amazing experience, and not just because of the popularity contest,” she said. “It was awesome because I was representing a student organization that has never been in the top five or crowned king or queen. It felt really good to represent the Latino Student Union.”
While attending UT, Cruz got her first experience with television as an intern with Black Entertainment Television.
“I always told my ex-boyfriend sophomore year of college that one day I would be interning at BET,” Cruz said. “I applied last-minute for that, too. They called me when I was in the middle of getting my hair done at the salon. There was dye in my hair. The dye was on too long, but I was screaming up and down that I got it.”
During her internship, she helped out behind the scenes on the show “106 & Park.”
“I always watched ‘106 & Park’,” Cruz said. “I always wanted Rocsi’s job. She’s the host. It’s your personality and creativity and you can be yourself. It was really cool to intern for that show specifically.”
The experience helped Cruz realize her passion for working in the entertainment industry.
“I don’t see myself as being serious and that type of personality to do the news,” she said. “I want to be myself and let people get to know who I am while getting to know them.”
She is getting a head start on that dream with her position at FOX Toledo.
“The job has been awesome,” Cruz said. “It has been kind of like the contest. We had to post on Facebook and be creative. Do things your way but find a way that people can relate to it. That’s what I’ve been doing so far and it’s been amazing. I can’t wait to get my hands more into it.”
Cruz was encouraged by the advice of former Face of FOX Toledo Heather Cook.
“She just said be myself and work hard,” Cruz said. “When you come into this position, a lot of people think you have to be a certain way or be like the first Face of FOX Toledo or the last one. She just said be myself, and I think that’s the best advice someone can give you.”
Follow Cruz online at Facebook.com/FaceofFOXToledo and at Twitter.com/FaceofFOXToledo.