10 reasons to create your own show:

  1. It requires you to watch TV with a more critical eye for what’s being sold… so when you audition for somebody else’s show, you’ll understand what they’re looking for.
  2. It feels good to act like you’re “in the game”… sometimes you’ve gotta fake it until you make it (shh, don’t tell anybody I said that)!
  3. It gives you something substantial to talk about when you meet a new producer… and don’t worry about NDAs.  If you talk in general terms you’ll be fine, but don’t be an evasive idiot because it WILL backfire on your ass.  And, nobody wants that.
  4. You’ll become intimately familiar with the arbitrary nature of the casting process … which will free you from worrying about why you didn’t get a particular job.
  5. It allows you to set pitch meetings with production companies who don’t know you… after they’ve met you, maybe they’ll have a show that you’re right to host, but never would have thought of you because they never knew you until your pitch meeting?
  6. It allows you to meet network executive exes, in a pitch meeting setting where you’re on their level and not groveling for a job… see same reasoning in #5!
  7. It builds your target/contact list to include companies with whom you’ve met for pitches… it’s definitely about who you know!
  8. What else do you have to do with your time… seriously?
  9. Everybody else is doing it… and since you know you’d likely jump off of a bridge if somebody else did… well, you know where I’m going with this.
  10. You just might sell your show… did you hear me?  You just might sell the darn thing and be able to host it!!
  11. (Since I like to be an over-achiever)  In the infamous words of my husband, Marty Metro, “Good luck and be yourself!”  That wasn’t really a reason to create your own show, but it sure is great advice!

Tracy Metro is a TV host who has worked for Fine Living, TLC, E!, Discovery, Disney, Sony, Mark Burnett, et al hosting shows about cooking, DIY, shopping, eco-lifestyle, et al subjects.  To learn more about her (because now you’re intrigued), go to www.tracymetro.com

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