Who is Rachel Crane? Rachel Crane is a CNN Digital correspondent covering pop culture and innovation. Crane was the host and producer of “Bloomberg Brink,” a show featuring cutting-edge technologies and new ideas, and “The Next Space Race,” taking viewers on a journey through the thriving space exploration industry.
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“I cover aerospace, innovation and technology for CNN. The way I like to describe it is something geeky, cheesy and cool. When I was a kid, my dream job was to be an astronaut, but I was a kind of ‘bubble child’ with tons of allergies and health problems, which automatically took me out of the race. When I got to Princeton, I just decided to get started and take the science of rockets. This class has kind of set the stage for the rest of my career. I think it’s an innate curiosity that we all have when you look at the sky wondering what’s out there, how do I get there, and if I got there, what does it smell, taste, envy?
I changed gears and I went to the news because I like that immediate satisfaction. I worked for NY1, and it was both the best and worst job in the world. All of a sudden, you’re a lonely man and you’re in the South Bronx at a murder scene at 1am. I had a baseball cap uniform, cargo pants and a backpack — and I always wore my hair in a ponytail. It wasn’t a glamorous job. Eventually, I applied for a production assistant position at Bloomberg, and my interviewer told me that I would never get a job there because I had no business experience and there were thousands of people looking for a job there. I was thinking, “You know what, I think I have a lot to offer this company. You’re just not the right person to talk to, and before I left the building, I found the right person. So I went to him and I thought, ‘You don’t know me, but you’re going to hire me, and I’m going to follow this up with an e-mail,’ and he said, ‘Uh, what? Who are you? [Laughs] It took even more perseverance, but this guy hired me and it was my mentor who finally brought me to CNN. I can travel the world and meet the people who change it. It’s great and I love it.
I’ve always had to be very careful with products and stuff because I’m allergic to a lot of ingredients, but that doesn’t really stop me from experimenting with products and makeup. One of my favorite things to do is a face mask. I take them on the road, because when you travel a lot, it’s one of the best ways to cool off and feel at home. You can be in a Motel 6 but put on a face mask and feel like you’ve taken a trip to the spa. I love Kiehl’s Rare Earth deep pore cleanser mask when my pores are big and the Eminence Clear Skin probiotic mask — it smells like you’re putting yogurt on your face or tzatziki, and it makes you want to eat it! This one is also quite firming. I also use one from my facialist Christine Chin – her Soothing Moisturizing Mask is really refreshing.
I usually wash my face with Revision Brightening Facial Wash and my Clarisonic. I don’t travel with my Clarisonic, so when I’m on the road and have to remove my makeup for the camera at the end of the day, I use Kiehl’s rare Earth Deep Pore daily cleanser. I also like to overlay my serums – I was told it was OK, so now I use the daily Joanna Vargas Skincare serum after the 15% Obagi Professional-C serum. I also really like this concentrated Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control. It makes your skin shine immediately – as you just received a microdermabrasion facial – but if I use it too much, it clogs my pores, so I use it sparingly.