The assistant producer fires off, “Can you work with that?” And I’m selling myself as quickly as I can, wracking my brain for the right tone, delivering what I think are the right lines. She gives me a simple “OK” and I can see her nodding her head all the way across the telephone line to New York City. I heave a sigh of relief. A second producer, the executive, calls back and grills me again. “Steve. Give it to me.” I’m running with it.
And then it happened. I heard these sweet, two little words.
I hadn’t heard anything from CNBC in a few weeks, and it’d been driving me out of my mind. I’d sent them a huge bag full of guitar picks to wet their appetite – nothing. I even considered calling them again to give them some new juicy information to keep them interested. I’d been so anxious and so restless that I could hardly believe it when I got the call from the network last Monday morning.
I stated in an earlier blog that I switched gears mid-action in my attempt to get on “The Big Idea” – I realized that InventRight was a poor fit for the show’s format and working a different angle, my company “HotPicks”, was smarter. This was probably true. But there’s always a curveball.
I can’t say enough that you’ve got to give them, it, him, her what they want. My whole experience on “The Big Idea” seemed to echo this truth. Sometimes, and maybe even more often then not, it’s just not about you: everyone wants to use what works for them. That can be hard for the ego to take. But really, all it means is that you’ve got to adapt. Be flexible. And not take things personally.
But it also means that you might get a break from an area you least expect. When the first producer from “The Big Idea” called, she wanted some specific information about my career. Had I ever experienced a huge low? And if so, how did I dust my self off and get back at it?
Huge low? Talk about the low. You know it – the sudden and heart-stopping end to Spinformation I was hit with. The producer was jazzed after hearing the story. It’s definitely what secured my spot on the show, the theme of which was actually fearlessness: trusting your gut and taking that chance. HotPicks was an aspect of the show, but not the dominating one. Life’s funny like that.
But really- I was on! The next thirty-six hours were nothing short of whirlwind. Want the dirt? All I can say until the next post is…everything you think you know about TV is TRUE.
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Here I am with Donny after the show.