I’m baaack! Spent the top of May on a trip to London and Paris with my mother, and am already up to my eyeballs in work again until the end of June, when I head to Tel Aviv for some lectures with my TV Writers Summit speaker pals.
I’ve always tried to maintain some diversity in my resume, so after three years of work on Basketball Wives, I took a short gig this past month working with a friend on a new network game show. I’ve done reality-competition aplenty, but I’ve always had a penchant for podiums and buzzers and watching people freak out over big wins, so I couldn’t wait to dive into this show. Plus, I figured, game shows HAD to be easier than turning months of source material into a coherent season of a docusoap, right?
Oh, my. No.
Let me tell you — what I thought would be a cake walk of an experience has been mind-bendingly challenging and fussy/tweaky. That’s not a complaint, mind you, but an observation. It’s hard work!
I talk about my friend Allee Willis a lot, because her sense of curiosity has never stopped her from trying something new. A woman who can’t read, write or play music has made a career out of a hot fruit compote of technology, party throwing, songwriting, painting… the list goes on. It’s easy to work consistently in one particular arena, but when you stop learning, life is a snoozefest… which is exactly why I took this game show.
If you’re in reality television right now, and you’ve done exclusively docusoaps or renovation shows or any other strain of something without relent for ages, I challenge you right now to try something different the next time you get that window of opportunity. It’ll stress you out and keep you up at night, but you’ll be learning something new and be proud (hopefully) in the end that you tried.