So, let me put this out there right away: I’m not going to be on TV. However in the past couple of months I’ve noticed a dramatic uptick in the number of emails I’ve received from ‘TV Producers’. Over the past few years since I started writing on the Tall Blog and since I joined Tall Clubs International (and won the Miss Tall International pageant), I always seemed to get a request or an email about once a month from someone indicating that I should contact them regarding a new, exciting TV show about Tall people.
The first time it happened I was SO EXCITED! I was living in Portland at the time and this is also during the time when the TLC show ‘Little People, Big World’ was really gaining momentum. I thought that maybe I had a shot of becoming a hit reality series especially since the Roloff’s live right outside of Portland. I could totally relate! That new star could be ME.
The producers and I exchanged many emails and I sent multiple videos answering their many questions. I thought I was a shoe-in! This went on for several weeks. And then….nothing happened. Each day I’d excitedly check (and re-check) my email until one day I finally realized that I wasn’t going to be a star.
Now fast forward several years later, multiple emails later, and many videos later. I’m still not on TV and I’m not as naïve to the process. I still think I’m quite funny, witty, and totally TV material…but I’m not on TV. And actually now that I’m a little older (and wiser? Yes, definitely wiser) I think I have good material to be on TV, but I don’t think I should play myself. But that’s a whole other blog.
What I find interesting (and definitely a learning experience) about this whole process is the direction that each of the producers wanted to take the series. Lonely, TALL woman can’t find a man because she’s so tall. Woe is her. Well…that’s not real life. It might be real for some women, but it’s all about choices. This makes me digress into another quick story.
I could’ve been on TV. Right after I moved to Madison, WI in the fall of 2012 I got an offer to be on the Steve Harvey show to be part of a dating show. They asked me to be the Tall Girl and they would have 3 Tall Guys that I could pick from. They would then film a ‘Dating Game’ if you will, and the winner and I would then go out on a date. Which of course would be filmed for TV. I declined the chance to be on the show citing my brand new job as my main reason, but I also wasn’t completely comfortable with another outlet providing the message that Tall Women can’t get dates. That seems to be the usual message. Hmmm….frustrating.
So I suppose the whole purpose of this blog isn’t to stop producers from emailing me. Quite the opposite in fact. Keep those emails coming, however let’s focus on real life. I’m a normal person who happens to be a little taller than most people. That’s it. For now let’s continue with all of the glorious adjectives that describe me….and we’ll also go with the fact that I’m normal, but taller.