It all started on December 3, 2010 the first time I mentioned that amazing phone call I received. At the time I was borrowing my roommates car and returning from 3 exciting auditions during one of the most productive weeks of my quest. At approximately 6:00pm my phone rang as I was cruising on the interstate. The basis of the conversation was exactly like this.
"This is Motown speaking how can I help you?"
"Hey, Motown, this is _____ do you remember me, from Oprah's Your Own Show Contest? I was the casting director that worked with you."
"Of course I remember you. How are you doing?"
"I'm doing great. I'm calling you because, I'm casting for a new reality show on ABC called
"Its tie between Survivor & Amazing Race and it takes place in an international country for 5 weeks during the month of April. We're looking for exiting people with great personalities and I remembered your great personality from the Oprah contest video submission. I was wondering if you would be interested in this opportunity?"
Without any hesitation I said, "Of course I would be interested."
She then shared more basic information. She also told me what I assumed at the time was a catch. She told me it was a team competition. Meaning I had to recruit 2 other people. Uncertain on who I would recruit at the immediate moment she told me we all don't have to live in the same place. Our conversation continued and I began to tell her about my quest. She had no clue I was in LA which is probably the same area she resides in. The momentous phone call continued some more and then she told she'll email more information shortly.
As I said, week 11 was already exiting but this was just the icing on the cake. I even titled that post,
"Full Circle Just like I Said...Wow!! - Unbelievable." Meaning everything comes around full circle. We all know how important it is to make a memorable impression, well its a 100 times that important in the entertainment industry. Its been over 5/6 months since I was a running candidate for Oprah's Your Own Show contest and who would of every thought they would of remembered me for a big problem project like this.
Moreover, in about 30mins (more or less) I mentally selected my two teammates. I officially confirmed my teammates in a couple days but upon each call they verbally confirmed with excitement. First I chose my long time friend high school Marissa Hammonds. I pulled her in the same day. Then the following day my comparably recent friend Kimberly Webb called me back and joined the team.
Now, the first thing we had to do was establish a team name and put together a video. That may appear challenging since I'm in LA, Marissa's in Chicago and Kimberly's in Tampa. It was actually a very cool creative process. By the end of the weekend we came up with a team name and began working on our video. Without any further a due there is the premiere of the video we submitted.
|Kimberly Webb, Motown Maurice & Marissa Hammonds first team picture for ABC's Expedition Impossible audition process.|
We worked very well together considering that we were located completely across the country. I figured out an efficient system and I Fedx the applications and video on Monday, December 13, 2010. While at Fedx I realized how close the office was and probably could off dropped it off in person. Moreover, the immediate next day my team was contacted by email. This is what the email said.
I then realized that our original team picture was too cute for an adventure show. The picture below was one of the new pictures we sent.
|Kimberly Webb, Motown Maurice & Marissa Hammonds second team picture for ABC's Expedition Impossible audition process.|
From this point on, all we could do is be positive and wait. Since Marissa and Kimberly never met we decided to leave it like that. We figured that would make an organic and interesting experience for the show and our team. From time to time my team mates and I spoke individually and allowed our imagination to run wild.
Finally on Tuesday, January 4, 2010 upon arriving back to LA from Tampa we received another phone call followed by a email. This is what the email said:
I hope all is well. I'm sure you are busy working on the logistics of the show. However, I was wondering if you had a status update or closer for my team. I also know you may contact teams 4 or 5 days before but if you had any info it would be greatly appreciated. I've been in the state of limbo before and its not always the most exciting place to be in.
Once again if you can share anything it would be greatly appreciated.
Have a great day.
In the past I would of probably asked another question asking "why" but by now I'm sure the answer won't be any different from all my other disappointing results.
*My team has done nothing wrong...sometimes these things don't work out.
*Things didn't fit together as we would of hoped.
*The s process is not a comment on our talent or ambition and of course, I know... we can try again next year.
I know the responses by heart now.
Moreover, it was fun while it lasted and I'm at the least grateful that you remembered me and thought of me for such a great opportunity.
As I said, you don't have to respond.
I will continue to remember you for future shows, but I truly hope you can stop
taking it so personally if you are not chosen. Everything takes time. Be proud
that we remembered you - We certainly don't remember everyone!
I wish you so much luck in the future. I think you are unique and talented:)
If i intend on being apart of the business I have to respect the business and I do respect it.
In the end, it is what it is.
With all sincerity from my heart.
Thank you for the opportunity.
All the best.
To find out full details on what's next on The Quest of a Late Night Talk Show host tune into into Week 18's Review post.
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