The HGTV crew were just amazing and a fun group of people to hang with. I so enjoyed spending the day with them. They arrived at my home at 8:00am and started setting up their equipment right away.
I only took two photo's the whole day. I don't know what I was thinking!! I guess I just had a lot on my mind. Anyway this is one of the pics I took. It's of the friendly camera man on the left and the adorable director on the right. I never got a chance to get a picture of the producer or the sound guy (darn it!) both of whom were very cute people.
The whole experience really took me back to the photo shoots I used to do when I worked for Decorating Ideas Magazine. The only difference was that everything for HGTV was live and at the magazine we always worked with inanimate objects. I have to say that the crew really reminded me of my friends and co-workers from the magazine. As soon as I met them I felt like we had known each other for years.
Anyway, I didn't think that the shoot was REALLY going to take 6 hours like they said it would. (It actually took 8) You see, I've done live TV before and a 4-5 minute segment is over in the blink of an eye. There is a ton of pressure to be coherent, but it's over fairly quickly. So I thought this would be pretty quick as well, but it's a completely different approach. One where you have to repeat lines and sound convincing and spontaneous. I found it to be a very interesting and wonderful experience but I felt so sorry for the crew. I say that because by 2:30pm my brain was no longer wanting to cooperate. The director wanted me to say a couple of lines, the camera man would roll film and cue me and then I would pause for a moment then say,........... "What did you want me to say?" That poor crew!! They were soooo patient, but in my defense, I had a pretty sleepless month.
My parents were both in the hospital this past month. My Mom was in for one week then my Dad went in the next week, I took care of them, I had paintings to create for a show, I had things to get ready around the house and I had to prepare my two projects for HGTV and that's really just naming a few things. So, I was really feeling the exhaustion creeping in, but I think the taping went pretty well. At least I hope so.
Well, that's all I will say for now. I don't want to bore anyone to tears with my story. I just had such a fun experience. Four out of the five of us were Italian and so we were telling our crazy Italian stories and I just laughed the whole time. The day was definitely a memorable experience. I'm sure that it will be one of those good stories that I'll tell when I'm a crazy old lady.
Oh yeah, I won't know when this will air yet. I will know the date in June. They said that it could air anywhere from 4 months to 14 months from the date that we filmed. I'll keep ya posted.