February 15, 2017

That One Time Someone Asked Us to Film for a Television Show...

Last June, I received an out-of-the-blue email from a woman who was looking to develop a midcentury modern home renovation television show. She had seen what I was up to on Instagram and I was beyond flattered she reached out to me.

Of course, I thought it was a little crazy / possibly some sort of scam, but I replied telling her I was interested and would love to chat more about it.

We ended up talking a few times via Skype. She then had me submit videos of me working on various projects & photos of my work, which she put together in a short reel to pitch to the network. After a few months, we found out a big time home & garden cable network was interested in sending their team to Grand Haven to film a pre-pilot, which the industry calls a Sizzle Reel.


So, in October, their small crew of three - producer, camera man and sound guy - joined us in Grand Haven for two days of DIY projects, long on-camera interviews, real client projects I was working on at the time, and some retro furniture shopping. We also spent time filming my favorite local midcentury home exteriors, and a bit around our adorable hometown of Grand Haven.

It was the craziest, hardest, longest two days of my work life, and while certainly a fun experience, I also kind of hated it. I missed Adler (who was only 9 months at the time), I felt like I had been run over by a truck (not sleeping well + working 14 hour days), I felt like a terrible mom, I felt like I looked awful (they had me wear a few outfits that I would never really wear), and I had to say the same thing over and over and over and OVER again.

In the end, we did NOT land a television show, but I can honestly say after just two days, I KNOW it was the best thing to ever NOT happen to our family.

Sure, it would have been amazing to be the lady who was saving midcentury modern homes on television and spreading the word how COOL midcentury details are. And it would have been neat to be recognized locally as the woman with a TV show. And it would have been awesome to be recognized nationally as the midcentury guru.

BUT, it was also scary as heck. What if I messed up on the facts? What if I didn't know all the details (which I normally do not...)? What if my show bombed after one season? SO many what ifs...and I'm not a gambling sort of gal.

We were very thankful for the opportunity to be along on this six month interview process, but in the end, are very thankful our lives did not change.

Here are the very few photos I snapped while this was all happening around us.

 Greg and Adler doing a little pre-scouting the week prior. 

 One of my awesome clients stopped by to drop something off and of course they wanted to interview him. Thankfully, he was okay with that! 

 A little time out with the camera & sound guy (and Greg - on the right) after lunch. They are literally playing with tiny skateboards. 

This was in the last post I shared, but wanted to include it again. We took down some walls for a client so they had some "dust" on film. Worked out well for everyone! 

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