I live near a section of Los Angeles that has been home to many reality shows: Newlyweds, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, It's Complicated, to name a few. I've had many friends who have either taped a segment of a reality show or have been slated to, only to have the show die a quick death before taping began.
I was beginning to feel a bit left out of all the excitement!
That all changed this past weekend when my daughter and I filmed a segment of a potential reality show. I'm not allowed to talk about this show specifically. I will say that I believe it was a pilot episode and hasn't been picked up yet. So, all the filming may never see the light of day.
That's okay with me! It was just fun participating in something a little different.
I wish I had Xciting tidbits to share, but it really wasn't all THAT Xciting. We had to wait an hour and a half from our call time before they filmed us. An hour and a half is an eternity for an 8-year old! My daughter became increasingly whiny during the time we were waiting. On the one hand, I can't say I blame her. But I did warn her that this would happen and to be prepared for it.
The surprising part was the actual filming. There were no reshoots. What unfolded and what they captured was authentic. If they didn't capture someone's expression, it was their loss. That really surprised me! The total shoot time for us took only about 20 minutes or so.
They warned us that once filming started, there would be cameras and microphones everywhere to capture our reactions. They weren't kidding! At one point, I asked my daughter, "What do you think?" Before she could even answer, a big boom microphone appeared just over our heads. It came out of no where! I had a hard time not busting up laughing when that happened.
So we had our 15 minutes of fame. Um... make that 2 minutes since that's probably all that will remain of us once editing is done. Assuming, of course, that the show gets picked up!
On to the next reality show! Maybe someone is interested in following around a quirky (albeit boring) mother and daughter as they take on uber-cool Los Angeles?